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The Dish: Argentine polo player celebrates birthday at Le Penguin

March 11, 2017

Scene…Argentine polo player and Ralph Lauren model Nacho Figueras, one of the top 100 polo players in the world, was seen celebrating his birthday with family and friends at Le Penguin on Lewis Street in Greenwich on March 4.Out there…Greenwich native Catherine (Cathy) Lavaty will serve as the Grand Marshal at the 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. Lavaty, a graduate of St. Mary Grammar School and St. Mary High School, retired from NBC in 2005 after 38 years of working as program manager for the “Nightly News ,” the “Today Show” and “Dateline.” She is a member of St. Mary Church of Greenwich, where she serves as a trustee and chairwoman of the parish Social Concerns Committee. She serves on the board of the NBC New York Employees Federal Credit Union and the “Today Show” Charitable Foundation Inc. For more information on the parade, visit greenwichhibernians.org.Out there…The Fairfield University Glee Club’s concert, “Music in the Key of Spring,” takes place on March 25 at 8 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Riverside. The concert, conducted by Carole Ann Maxwell, will feature performances by the glee club, which includes more than 130 undergraduate and graduate singers, the all-male a cappella group the Bensonians and the all-female chamber group Sweet Harmony and the Fairfield University Chamber Singers. The glee club, including the combined choirs, have presented concerts in churches, schools, recital and concert halls throughout Europe. For tickets and more information, visit www.stcathfairfield.wixsite.com/concert or call 203-637-3661.Out there…TV journalist and Greenwich resident Gretchen Carlson will serve as master of ceremonies at the Global Lyme Alliance annual Greenwich Gala on April 1 at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. Carlson, an advocate for workplace equality and the empowerment of women, has been affected by Lyme disease and faced the challenges in getting properly diagnosed with the illness. The evening’s honorees include Dr. Harriet Kotsoris, founder of GLA’s Scientific Advisory Board, who has played a major role in changing the paradigm of Lyme disease research in the United States, and singer-songwriter Marina Morgan, whose debut single, “Paralyzed,” which she performed live on NBC’s “Today Show,” was inspired by her battle with Lyme disease. Celebrities who will also serve as honorary event chairs for the event include Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Alexander, Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen, women’s basketball superstar/Olympian Elena Delle Donne; Olympian Donna deVarona, meteorologist Bill Evans, actress Marla Maples, best-selling author Jay McInerney, actress Parker Posey, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver and best-selling author Rebecca Wells. For more information and tickets, visit GLA.org/ctgala or call 203-969-1333.Out there…The Second Congregational Church of Greenwich is hosting the Ordination of Shawn Garan into the ministry of the United Church of Christ on March 19 at 3 p.m. Garan, a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary and a military veteran, directs two of the largest youth groups in Greenwich, as well as the church’s popular Confirmation class. He and his wife Ashley are the parents of two young children. His new “Dinner Stories” series, which began last Sunday, encourages members and the community to join him in making dinner together followed by a reading from the bible with a short discussion. A reception will take place following his ordination service, after which Garan will host Dinner Stories at 5 p.m. For more info, contact Laurie Meek at Lauri@2cc.org or call 203-869-9311.Out there…Musician Bob Capazzo and his Merlin Band will perform at Saltaire in Port Chester, N.Y., on St. Patrick’s night March 17 at 9 p.m.And that’s all for now.Later…Got a tip? Seen a celebrity? E-mail Susie Costaregni at thedish2@yahoo.com.