Greenwich EMS Is there For You – Be there for Them!

Be comforted in knowing GEMS is on the front lines, 24/7, serving the emergency medical needs of the Town of Greenwich during this health crisis caused by Covid-19. Despite critical staffing, protective equipment, and family distancing challenges affecting emergency responders everywhere, GEMS staff is commitment to professional, prompt and compassionate care remains steadfast.

COVID-19 and its precautions have severely impacted GEMS’s non-Town revenue sources and fundraising activities. As a result, the organization needs additional financial support now more than ever. Every dollar of every contribution received by GEMS goes directly toward ensuring it has the proper equipment not only to navigate this COVID-19 crisis, but to respond to every medical emergency with the highest quality.

You can show your support to GEMS and its lifesaving work by participating in the virtual fundraiser Wine and Cheese Tasting Friday evening, February 5 at 7:00 pm. All proceeds will go to support GEMS as the staff works on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Participants will receive three bottles of Josh Cellars Wines plus a beautifully presented artisan cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate box for two people from Marcia Selden Catering. Additionally, they will be invited to a private Zoom session with the Founder of Josh Cellars, Joseph Carr.  He will talk about how he got started in the wine business and tell some of his fascinating stories along with Sommelier, Theo Rutherford, from Deutsch family Wines and Spirits. Cheesemonger Lydia Caspari, from Arethusa Farm, will share about the cheeses. There will be a Q&A at the end.

“We have had successful fundraising events for the past three years and we didn’t want to lose momentum because of the pandemic,” said Tracy Schietinger, Executive Director of GEMS, adding, “GEMS staff is on the front lines every day, and this event will help raise critical funds to ensure that we have the proper equipment not only to address the Covid-19 crisis, but to respond to every medical emergency with the highest quality of care.”

• “First Responder” Tickets are $200 for two adults. This includes 3 bottles of wine, plus  the cheese and charcuterie “Tasting-in-a-Box,” and an invitation to the Zoom session.

• A “Paramedic Ticket, “at $350, includes everything PLUS it will be delivered to you by a GEMS Ambulance.

•The “Lifesaver Ticket” is for 10 people to enjoy 5 boxes and 15 bottles of wine. In addition to tickets, GEMS has donation opportunities for people to underwrite much-needed equipment or donate to the lifesaving work GEMS provides to the residents of the Town of Greenwich.

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