The Dish: Actor Hill Harper chosen keynote speaker at fifth annual Celebrating Hope gala

April 22, 2017 GMT

Scene…Restaurateur and Bedford, N.Y., resident Julian Niccolini , co-owner of The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, and his wife Lisa were seen having dinner with real estate guru Brian Fisher and his wife Joanna at Rebeccas on Glenville Road in Greenwich on April 8. The landmark restaurant, owned by Greenwich residents and husband and wife team Rebecca Kirhoffer and chef Reza Khorshidi, is celebrating 20 years in December.Out there…The fifth annual Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter Celebrating Hope event takes place on May 5 at l’escale at the Delamar Greenwich Harbor with featured guest, award-winning actor and author Hill Harper. Harper is known for his roles on Showtime’s Homeland and the hit CBS drama CSI: NY. He is also starring in the movie “Concussion” with Will Smith, and the soon to be released Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez on Me.” Harper, a cancer survivor, will share his journey with the disease, the impact of cancer research, and how increased research for Alzheimer’s disease can produce similar advances in cancer protocols. The evening will include cocktails, dinner by Executive Chef Frédéric Kieffer, silent and live auctions and music by The What Up Funk Band’s 7-piece ensemble. Proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter and the 75,000 people in Connecticut living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Since its inception five years ago, Celebrating Hope has raised more than $1 million for Alzheimer’s and dementia care and research. Tickets are $350 each. For tickets, call 860- 828-2828.Scene…Actor and Bedford, N.Y., resident Bruce Willis was seen at Pound Ridge Golf Club on April 17 where he was part of a foursome playing 18 holes of golf and later having lunch at the club. Willis and his wife, actress and producer Emma Heming, purchased a $12 million, 22-acre country estate in Bedford in 2014. Their neighbors include actors Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas and Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively.Out there…Connecticut Playmakers is celebrating its 70th anniversary in the community with an original production of “Hollywood, Take 2: Songs and Scenes from the Silver Screen” at the First Congregational Church in Old Greenwich April 28 through April 30, May 5 and 6 and May 12-14. The show, written and directed by Michele Grace, will feature musician Chris Coogan and his band. Tickets are $25. For tickets, visit http://www.ctplaymakers.org/tickets or call Peggi de la Cruz at 203-977-8627.Out there…Greenwich United Way Annual Sole Sisters Luncheon honoring Jan Marchand and Jill Weiner takes place on Tuesday at the Greenwich Country Club. Former Fox News host and Greenwich resident Gretchen Carlson will serve as keynote speaker at the event that will include a vendor boutique for shoppers and luncheon. For more info and tickets, visit www.greenwichunitedway.org.Scene…Former White House Press Secretary and Pound Ridge, N.Y., resident Ari Fleisher and his wife Becki were seen dining at Gabriele’s Italian Steakhouse in Greenwich last week.Out there…Malta House Annual Gala takes place on April 29 at Woodway Country Club in Darien. The event, honoring The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, will feature a cocktail reception, dinner, live auction and a Bubbles and Bling Raffle courtesy of Manfredi of Greenwich. Auction items include a private Mass and brunch for 20 with Bishop Caggiano; a week’s stay in a house in Provence, France; a week’s stay at a Martha’s Vineyard beach house; and dinner and a Broadway show in NYC. All proceeds support safe home environments and services to pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths. For more info and tickets, visit www.maltahouse.org or call 203-857-0088.Out there…Grammy Award-winning blues singer/guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Buddy Guy will perform at the Ridgefield Playhouse at 8 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $95 to $110. For tickets, visit https://tickets.ridgefieldplayhouse.org.And that’s all for now.Later…Got a tip? Seen a celebrity? E-mail Susie Costaregni at thedish2@yahoo.com.