Saturday, October 24 was a night of under the sea enchantment as Greenwich Hospital held its annual gala fundraiser, OCEAN, which raised $900,000 for the hospital’s oncology services. More than 350 supporters joined in the marine-themed festivities at Greenwich Country Club. Award-winning journalist, bestselling author and breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden emceed the spectacular event, chaired by Greenwich residents Sabrina Raquet, Mary Rolla and Jennifer Seidel.
Gratitude for Oncology Services
During the evening program, Lunden spoke of her personal experience with triple-negative breast cancer, from her initial diagnosis and treatment to now being cancer-free and looking toward a healthy future. Lunden credited her team of physicians, nurses and staff at Smilow Cancer Hospital’s Greenwich Hospital Campus with helping her through this challenging time in her life.
“I remember as a little girl when my family would be out at a restaurant or on the street in our hometown, families would stop us and embrace my dad and thank him. They would say, ‘Young lady do you realize how important your daddy is to our family?’ Now I do,” Lunden recalled of her experience as the daughter of a cancer surgeon. “I stand here strong today because of the wonderful surgical and oncology care I received at Greenwich Hospital.”
Later in the evening, Greenwich Hospital president Norman G. Roth presented Terry Betteridge, CEO of Betteridge Fine Jewelers, with the President’s Award for his service to Greenwich Hospital and the community.
“Terry’s business values are closely aligned with the core values we champion at Greenwich Hospital,” said Roth. “There are too many instances of Terry’s generosity to mention tonight. This award represents the enormous and genuine gratitude Greenwich Hospital feels for this remarkable man.”
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal also offered testament to the generosity and kindness of Betteridge, while recalling the day he purchased an engagement ring at Betteridge jewelers for his now-wife of forty years.
Sea of Blue
The party began at 6 pm with cocktails and silent and wine auctions in the club’s ballroom, which was decorated with shimmering blue and white sea glass candle holders and majestic floral arrangements. Guests were led to dinner in a magnificently transformed tent boasting giant glowing jellyfish with twinkling tentacles suspended from the ceiling and large coral candelabras, beautifully accented by coral amaryllis and peonies. Reed McIlvaine of Renny and Reed Floral and Event Design, NYC orchestrated the design.
Simon Teakle, of Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry and Objects, led a spirited live auction which included a stunning diamond bracelet donated by Betteridge, a week-long stay in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, a luxurious Gübelin of Switzerland Clock from Simon Teakle, Roberto Coin Jewelry from Lux, Bond and Green and an amazing fashion package from Richard’s of Greenwich.
Following the live auction, guests flooded the dance floor, inspired by the fantastic music of the Billy Stone Band, Hank Lane Music. At the end of the night, party-goers were treated to starfish cookies and espresso as they made their way to their awaiting vehicles.
Oncology Services at Greenwich Hospital
According to the American Cancer Society, more than one million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer each year. The award-winning oncology services provided at Smilow Cancer Hospital’s Greenwich Hospital Campus help patients and their loved ones navigate the challenging steps from diagnosis and treatment to recovery and survivorship. The nationally recognized team of surgeons, physicians and clinicians deliver advanced care using the latest, state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment technology with skill and compassion. Greenwich Hospital is the only hospital in the state to offer IORT, a revolutionary new radiation treatment for early stage breast cancer. Patients have access to the newest generation linear accelerator, 3D tomosynthesis mammography, 4D stereotactic body radiation therapy, advanced chemotherapy infusion, minimally invasive surgical techniques and genetic screening. In addition, the affiliation with the Smilow Cancer Hospital provides unique access to world class cancer specialists, research and national clinical trials. Breast cancer survival rates at the hospital’s Breast Center surpass those of the nation.
Greenwich Hospital is a member of Yale New Haven Health System Since opening in 1903, Greenwich Hospital has evolved into a progressive medical center and teaching institution representing all medical specialties and offering a wide range of medical, surgical, diagnostic and wellness programs.
Greenwich Hospital Foundation is committed to securing the funds needed for the hospital to fulfill its mission of extending the highest quality of safe and compassionate healthcare to everyone in our region, regardless of their ability to pay.