Green­wich na­tive lauded for hur­ri­cane re­lief work

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - News - with Susie Costaregni

Scene… Fair­field-based global hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion Save the Chil­dren hon­ored Green­wich na­tive and en­ter­tain­ment ex­ec­u­tive Scott “Scooter” Braun, founder of SB Projects, with its Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award at its sixth an­nual Il­lu­mi­na­tion Gala at the Amer­i­can Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory in New York City on Nov. 14. ABC’s “World News Tonight” an­chor David Muir was also hon­ored at the gala, which was hosted by ac­tress Jen­nifer Gar­ner. Braun or­ga­nized “Hand-in-Hand,” a telethon that raised over $6 mil­lion to sup­port sur­vivors of the dev­as­tat­ing hur­ri­canes of 2017. Funds raised from the telethon helped Save the Chil­dren to serve over 412,000 chil­dren and adults in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Rap­per Bun B, who served as co-ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of “Hand-in-Hand,” pre­sented Braun with the award.

Out there… Award-win­ning Nashville record­ing artists and lo­cal coun­try and west­ern band Gun­smoke will hold a Mu­sic for Hope con­cert dubbed “A Coun­try Christ­mas” at 7 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 1, at the Pied­mont Club on Hecker Av­enue in Darien. Also per­form­ing at the ben­e­fit will be clas­sic rock and soul band The Law. Pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal and the Ovar­ian Can­cer Re­search Fund. Ad­mis­sion is $15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For reser­va­tions or do­na­tions, call 203-6557884.

Scene… Over 275 peo­ple at­tended Smile Green­wich, which ben­e­fited Oper­a­tion Smile and was co-chaired by Lisa Lori of The Per­fect Prove­nance. More than $250,000 was raised at the event, which cel­e­brated the hun­dreds of thou­sands life-chang­ing cleft lip and cleft palate surg­eries pro­vided glob­ally since 1982. The crowd-pleas­ing evening — held on Nov. 9 at the Belle Haven Club in Green­wich. — fea­tured a per­for­mance by Grammy Award-win­ning singer Sheena Eas­ton and danc­ing to the tunes of DJ Nick Dean. For more info, go to www.op­er­a­tions­mile.org/smi­le­green­wich.

Out there… The 10th an­nual Hol­i­day Stroll Week­end will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Satur­day, Dec. 1, and noon to 5 p.m. Sun­day, Dec. 2, through­out Green­wich, Byram, Cos Cob and River­side. The two-day hol­i­day shop­ping and din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence will fea­ture a live na­tiv­ity scene, horse-drawn car­riage rides, pro­fes­sional ice-sculpt­ing demos, mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, a food truck vil­lage and pho­tos with Santa. Also, more than 140 Green­wich mer­chants and restau­rants will be of­fer­ing spe­cial pro­mo­tions, re­fresh­ments and in-store at­trac­tions. An­other fes­tive spot in town is the 10th An­nual Green­wich Rein­deer Fes­ti­val & Santa’s Vil­lage tak­ing place at Sam Bridge Nurs­ery and Green­houses on North Street in Green­wich through Dec. 24, fea­tur­ing live rein­deer, pho­tos with Santa, and rein­deer feed­ings as well as train and carousel rides. For info on both events, visit www.green­wichrein­deer­fes­ti­val.com.

Scene… The for­mer home of fa­mous avi­a­tor Ruth Row­land Nichols, also known as “The Fly­ing Debu­tante,” is on the mar­ket for $4.8 mil­lion. Nichols, who grew up in the home at 289 Grace Church St. in Rye, N.Y., set the record for fe­male pi­lots in speed, al­ti­tude and dis­tance and is the sub­ject of a new book by Keith O’Brien called “Fly Girls: How Five Dar­ing Women De­fied All Odds and Made Avi­a­tion His­tory.” She was the first li­censed fe­male sea­plane pi­lot in the U.S., and in 1928 she and her flight in­struc­tor be­came the first to fly non­stop from New York to Mi­ami. Nichols was one of the found­ing mem­bers, along with famed avi­a­tor Amelia Earhart, of the Ninety-Nines, an or­ga­ni­za­tion of li­censed women pi­lots. With Earhart, she was a com­peti­tor in the “Pow­der Puff Derby,” the first of­fi­cial women-only air race in the U.S. In 1930, she bested Charles Lind­bergh’s record time for a cross-coun­try flight, com­plet­ing the trip in 13 hours, 21 min­utes.

Out there… Mu­si­cian Becki Fleis­cher from Pound Ridge, N.Y., and her band, The Shaves, will per­form at Caren’s Cos Cob­ber at 31 E. Put­nam Ave. in Cos Cob on Fri­day. Fleis­cher is the wife of for­mer White House Press Sec­re­tary Ari Fleis­cher. For more info, call 203-9921333.

And that’s all for now. Later...

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Photo by Dia Di­pa­supil / Getty Im­ages for Save The Chil­dren

Green­wich na­tive Scott ‘Scooter’ Braun, left, and Bun B at­tend Save the Chil­dren’s sixth an­nual Il­lu­mi­na­tion Gala at the Amer­i­can Mu­seum of Nat­u­ral His­tory on Nov. 14 in New York City.

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