Celebratory Dinner Honors David G. Ormsby for his 10-Year Leadership of Witherell Board
In an evening that included bagpipe music, toasts, roasts, and proclamations from the State of Connecticut and the Town of Greenwich, David G. Ormsby was honored for his outstanding leadership of The Nathaniel Witherell Board of Directors. The celebratory dinner was hosted by the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell at Greenwich Country Club on Thursday evening, June 23.
Ormsby stepped down from Witherell’s Board this past January after being on the Board since 2004 and serving as its Chairman for the last 10 years. Among his accomplishments, he helped raise millions of dollars to modernize and refurbish the Nathaniel Witherell as co-chair of Witherell’s Project Renew (January 2013 to July 2014). Ormsby continues to serve as Chairman of the Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board, which he helped establish in 2006.
“David Ormsby’s dedication to The Nathaniel Witherell is legendary and will be long remembered by the people of Greenwich,” noted Karen Sadik-Khan, President of the Friends of the Nathaniel Witherell, in her remarks. “The Friends Board, the Witherell Board, and the Town of Greenwich all thank David for his role in keeping The Nathaniel Witherell a part of our lives.”
Sadik-Khan announced to the 120 guests in attendance that in honor of Ormsby’s accomplishments, the Witherell’s Resident Life Fund will be officially renamed the David G. Ormsby Resident Life Fund, which will continue to provide programs and services to enrich the lives of all Witherell residents. Fittingly, proceeds from the dinner will support the fund.
Among the many items the Fund supports are: annual events and parties such as the July 4th and New Year’s Eve celebrations, weekly live performances by local musicians, music therapy programs for Alzheimer’s and dementia residents, painting and art history classes, volunteer services, Greenwich Chaplaincy services, organized outings, and pet therapy programs including the quarterly “Pooches on Parade.”
Following are some photos from the event:
Standing left to right: Polly Longsworth, Peter Ormsby, Nick Kavanagh, Diane and Tom Smith, Ann Kenyon, and Chuck Longsworth. Sitting left to right: Debby Ormsby, Lindsay and David Ormsby, Cameron Ormsby, and Mark Kenyon.
Left to right: Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Ginny Gray, Connecticut State Representative Livvy Floren, Marie Norton and Art Norton, Vice Chairman of the Greenwich BET.
Left to right: Larry Simon, Witherell Board Chair, with Robbie and Albert Kestnbaum.
Left to right: Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Members Debby Lash and Fred Li with Judy Evnin.
Left to right: Walter Raquet, Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Sabrina Raquet, and Witherell Board Vice Chair and Friends of Nathaniel Witherell President Karen Sadik-Khan.
Jim Lash, Greenwich BET Budget Committee Chair, and Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Alma Rutgers.
Left to right: Jan Marchand, David Ormsby, and Don Marchand.
Roberta Denning (left) and Lynne Wheat.
Left to right: Tracy Lavery, Steve Cunningham and Barrett Burns.
Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member David Brownwood (left) and Bill Finn.
Left to right: Chuck and Anne Niemeth with Tony Envin.
Left to right: Katie Gormly, Pat Kemp, and Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Laura Cunningham.
Davidde and Ron Strackbein.
Left to right: David Ormsby, Susan Taylor Brown, and Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Bruce Dixon.
Left to right: Ray Augustine, Witherell Board Member Lloyd Bankson III, Susanne Wiborg, and David Ayres.
Greenwich RTM Member Joan Caldwell, David Ormsby, and Chris Thurlow.
Left to right: Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Members Clifford Storms, Alma Rutgers, and Debby Lash.
Bagpiper Drew Kennedy greeted guests.
Guests enjoyed listening to jazz music performed by the Jan Leder Trio.
Jim Lash toasts David Ormsby in front of 120 guests at the celebratory dinner.
Friends of Nathaniel Witherell Board Member Bea Crumbine presents a proclamation from the State of Connecticut to David Ormsby.
First Selectman Peter J. Tesei (left) presents a proclamation from the Town of Greenwich to David Ormsby.
Witherell Board Vice Chair and Friends of Nathaniel Witherell President Karen Sadik-Khan presents a plaque to David Ormsby announcing that the Resident Life Fund has been renamed the David G. Ormsby Resident Life Fund.