A fundraiser for GEMS
Published 3:35 pm, Friday, May 19, 2017
GREENWICH — For the third year, Caren’s Cos Cobber is holding a fund-raiser for Greenwich Emergency Medical Services.
From 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 50 percent of the proceeds from the day’s worth of meals and drinks at the restaurant at 31 East Putnam Ave. will go to helping pay for vehicles and services for the town’s private EMS service.
Restaurant owner Caren Vizzo said she is expanding her usual weekend-only breakfast routine to include Wednesday’s event.
“GEMS is a very important resource in our town,” Vizzo said. “I have called 911 many times and they are there and they are wonderful. I for one just appreciate being able to give back to our town.”
GEMS is run through a combination of public and private money. While it does receive a yearly allocation from the town, GEMS is a private non-profit agency dependent on private funds for capital spending.
“Anything the Cos Cobber can do to help makes me happy,” Vizzo said. “It will be wonderful to see everybody. This is a neighborhood place and people here want to give back to GEMS. It’s a great day of socializing and seeing people you haven’t seen in a while. It’s a fun day of being with the Greenwich community.”
GEMS had $75,000 cut from its requested 2017-18 budget by the Representative Town Meeting. GEMS Executive Director Tracy Schietinger said money raised at the Cos Cobber event will be used for new automated external defibrillators, a new ambulance and other equipment.
An ambulance with a GEMS crew will be stationed outside the Cos Cobber for people interested in the company’s equipment and services.
“People can ask any questions they want about GEMS.” Schietinger said. “They can see the inside of the ambulance and find out what we do in the field every day with EMTs and paramedics providing the care. It’s a great show piece and a talking piece to get people to understand this is a fundraiser. I think these events are exactly what we need to get people to understand what GEMS does.”
Members of its board will also be at the event.
“I think it’s an excellent thing to see,” GEMS board member Ann Hagmann said. “We need this service. I often say, is there anyone here who can say that he or she will never need the services of GEMS? I doubt it. GEMS is for everyone. It is there and it is one of the best in the country for emergency services.”