Once again, supporters of Greenwich Hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Health services gathered at Riverside Yacht Club for a fabulous evening at the annual Under the Stars gala. This year, Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling singer and songwriter Gavin DeGraw was a true highlight of the evening, performing hits like “Chariot” and “I Don’t Want to Be” in an intimate concert on the waterfront.

Attendees enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while bidding on exciting silent auction offerings including one-of-a-kind experiences, autographed memorabilia and high-end wines. VIP ticket holders enjoyed a meet and greet with Gavin DeGraw in an exclusive lounge area within the clubhouse followed by dinner on the patio overlooking Long Island Sound. A chic décor concept created by Sebass Events and Entertainment included stunning floral arrangements with roses and dahlias in the event’s colors of tiger lily orange, cerise pink and mystic burgundy. Emmy award-winning correspondent for CBS News, Jeff Glor, served as Master of Ceremonies, and a rousing live auction was led by Christie’s auctioneer Caroline Ervin. Items up for bidding included fantastic trips to Anguilla, Mexico and the Bahamas; tickets to see Billy Joel live at Madison Square Garden; a sports package including tickets for all the popular New York teams; and an animal portrait by world renowned artist, David Yarrow.

In addition to DeGraw, popular local disc jockey, DJ April Larken, entertained the crowd upon arrival, and after the headlining performance, partygoers closed down the house dancing to music spun by DJ Flips before heading to an after party at Little Pub, Greenwich.

By all accounts, the evening was a complete success, raising over $700,000 for Women’s and Children’s Services at Greenwich Hospital. This year’s committee was chaired by Greenwich residents Karen Brown, Andrea Sinkin Jaffe, Carol Swift and Jennifer Turano. Jaffe explained in her speech that each of the co-chairs had a similar reason for giving back: “The four of us have each been a recipient of the amazing health care provided by the Hospital and its dedicated team of physicians, nurses and staff.”

Photos by Cheryl Moss