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Greenwich Hospital’s Annual Gala Raises Almost $1M

Gala co-chairs Gretchen Bylow, Kim Nichols and Jennifer Seidel Photo Credit: Contributed
Jill and Harry Connick Jr., Carolyn Roth, James Sabetta and Greenwich Hospital President Norman Roth Photo Credit: Contributed
Chief of Cardiology Christopher Howes and doctors Sasanka Jayasuriya, Leslie Douglas Churchwel and Keith Churchwell. Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn., -- Greenwich Hospital's annual gala fundraiser raised nearly $1 million Saturday, Nov. 19 for its cardiovascular services.

More than 350 supporters, including special guests Jill and Harry Connick Jr., joined in the Parisian-cabaret themed festivities at Greenwich Country Club.

At the gala, Greenwich Hospital President Norman Roth presented James Sabetta, the hospital's director of infectious diseases/internal medicine and assistant chief of staff, with the President’s Award for his many years of dedicated service to the hospital and his outstanding achievement and commitment to his patients.

“With his diverse and multiple roles, Jim plays a critical role in helping to shape all sections of medical services at Greenwich Hospital," Roth said. "His tenacity is renowned. He will often not leave a sick patient’s side until he has assured that every test was performed and the diagnosis confirmed.”

Sabetta graciously accepted his award, saying: “I am honored and humbled by the award being given to me. I feel that all I have done is to simply do what I promised to do when I received my MD many years ago.”

He continued by sharing stories of patients who touched his life throughout his career at Greenwich Hospital, which now spans more than 32 years.

The tribute to Sabetta concluded with a special video message from patient and friend, Glenn Close. Close first sought the care of Sabetta 26 years ago when she was suffering from a chronic condition that threatened her career. She described Sabetta as a “magnificent physician” and noted she was eternally grateful for his care, brilliance, comfort and friendship, saying “To all those in the Greenwich Hospital community, please take good care of him, because if I’ve learned anything in the last 26 years, there is only one Dr. Jim Sabetta.”

The event included a live auction, which included trips to St. Andrews, Scotland and the beaches of Anguilla, diamond earrings from Betteridge, a diamond and white gold bangle bracelet from Tiffany & Co., a chance to design your own pair of boots with renowned shoe designer Stuart Weitzman and a tour of the U.S. Capitol and breakfast with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

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