Friday, March 15, 2019

98 Degrees to headline Greenwich Hospital fundraiser

By Ken Borsuk

The reunited members of 98 Degrees will perform at the annual Under the Stars benefit for Greenwich Hospital. The event is set for 7 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Riverside Yacht Club. It will benefit pediatric and women’s health services throughout the region. Photo: Contributed /

GREENWICH — Greenwich Hospital is asking supporters to “Give Me Just One Night” as the reunited boy-band 98 Degrees heads to town to headline its annual Under the Stars benefit.
The band will take the stage at special event at the Riverside Yacht Club on May 17 to support Greenwich Hospital’s pediatric and women’s health services. And it will be the original lineup of singers, with founding members brothers Nick and Drew Lachey along with Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre. The event starts at at 7 p.m. and the band will perform later that night.
The band sold more than 10 million albums during the ‘90s and reunited recently after an 18-year absence. They are known for the hits “I Do (Cherish You),” “Because of You” and “What Christmas Means to Me.”
“They put on a fantastic show and engage audiences of all ages with their timeless tunes and energy. We have all loved them for many years and are thrilled to welcome them to our home of Greenwich,” said Andrea Sinkin Jaffe, who is co-chairing the event with Katie Fong Biglin and Jennifer Turano. “Most endearing about them is their commitment to community, families, and health. They have a long track record of giving back and making the world around them a better place. We are honored and super excited they get to spread their good vibes to the Greenwich community.”
Under the Stars will give attendees “a one of a kind of opportunity” to see the group perform live “in an intimate setting overlooking Long Island Sound,” event organizers said. Platinum and Benefactor level ticket-holders will also get an exclusive red carpet meet-and-greet with the band members.
“We are thrilled to be performing at Under the Stars 2019 and supporting pediatrics and women’s health services,” the group said. “We cannot wait to perform an unforgettable set ... and look forward to seeing you then.”
All attendees will enjoy a seated dinner, entertainment from Greenwich-based disc jockey April Larken, a former co-chair of the annual event, and the chance to participate in both the live and silent auctions to benefit Greenwich Hospital.
In December, 98 Degrees made headlines when their tour bus was bootedafter idling all night in the parking lot of a Stop & Shop in Norwalk while they were in the area for a Christmas concert at the Ridgefield Playhouse. The treatment outraged fans, and even U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) jumped into the fray. “Whenever 98 Degrees comes to Connecticut they should be treated like the kings they indisputably are,” Murphy posted on Twitter at the time.
As part of Under the Stars, Greenwich Hospital will honor Karen Santucci, Bruce and Margie Warwick, and the Walker family, owners of Shreve, Crump & Low.
Santucci leads emergency medicine physicians from Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital in their work offering around-the-clock coverage in Greenwich Hospital’s Emergency Department.
The Warwicks have played an instrumental role in the development of Greenwich Hospital and helped to guide its physical expansion, organizers said. Bruce Warwick is a trustee emeritus for the hospital and served on its board from 1986 to 2017, and Margie Warwick was an active volunteer for the Gala for Greenwich Hospital Committee.
The Walker family has also been supporters of the hospital since they opened a location of their Boston-based jewelry store on Greenwich Avenue in 2015.
“Our Under the Stars honorees all share a deep sense of commitment to Greenwich Hospital,” said Norman Roth, Greenwich Hospital’s president and CEO. “Their ongoing dedication and support has helped secure our position as the region’s leading medical center and health care provider.”
The hospital’s pediatric care unit includes 24/7 emergency services and on-site inpatient care as well as a new specialty center at 500 W. Putnam Ave., with a variety of specialized services. Greenwich Hospital also has a Level III-B Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for sick or premature newborns.
For women’s heath care, Greenwich Hospital offers its Breast Center, Greenwich Fertility, maternity, gynecology and heart and vascular services.
Tickets are on sale at For more information, call 203-863-3865.
Also, 98 Degrees won’t be the only headliner playing in town in May. The Greenwich Town Party just announced that The Beach Boys and Lynyrd Skynyrd will be part of the all-day music festival held May 25 in Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.