Meet the Moms Behind Under the Stars: Andrea Sinkin Jaffe and Jennifer Turano
In May, over 500 supporters of Greenwich Hospital’s Pediatrics & Women’s health programs attended the annual Under the Stars event at the Riverside Yacht Club. This year, the event got an infusion of star power from an energetic performance by 98 Degrees that had the sold out crowd on their feet. For this week’s Meet a Mom, we spoke with the two dedicated event co-chairs, Andrea Sinkin Jaffe and Jennifer Turano, who have been leading the committee for the past three years. They shared a bit more about their work for Greenwich Hospital, their busy family lives in Greenwich and more.
Can you please describe your family and how you came to be in Greenwich?
AS – I’m a North Shore Long Island gal and my husband, Harry, is from Scarsdale. When we met, he was living in Greenwich and I was living in the city. I kept trying to lure him to Long Island or the city. For a few years we did both Greenwich and the city and when I was pregnant with our daughter, who is now five, I finally realized our life was in Greenwich and we sold the apartment. We never looked back.
JT – My husband, Kenny, and I lived in the city for almost seven years before we moved to Greenwich. We had our first son – we now have three boys – in the city, left the hospital and drove to Greenwich. We have been here seven years.
Why did you choose your neighborhood?
AS – Harry owned a home in Bailiwick when we met. I loved our neighbors so much; it was such a wonderful community. Eventually we outgrew the house and I didn’t want to stray too far as we love this side of town, but we needed more space. We found a home about a mile away that needed some work. It was right up my alley style wise and reminded me of the Hamptons.
JT – We chose our neighborhood out of compromise. I wanted to live with lots of neighbors and Kenny wanted to live in the woods. Our street in mid country is a little mix of both.
Do you work outside the home?
AS – I run my own interior design firm Andrea Sinkin Design. My office is at home and I have no plans to ever change that, I have the best of both worlds.
JT – I do some of both. I’m lucky that both of my jobs allow me freedom to work where I want. My longtime career is in PR and Marketing, and I now consult, and I also have my real estate license in Greenwich.
Can you please tell me about your commitment to Greenwich Hospital and Under the Stars?
AS – After our daughter was born I felt such gratitude to the amazing doctors and nurses who took care of us. Leaving a thank you note and some cookies did not begin to scratch the surface for the level of appreciation I wanted to express. One of my good friends April Larken asked me to join the UTS committee when she chaired and the rest is history. They asked me to chair for the first time in 2017 and I immediately turned to Jen Turano, one of my best friends since we were babies, to chair with me. She is my ride or die and I knew that together, we would complement one another and our skill sets work well together.
JT – Two of my three boys were born at the hospital. I had been wanting to find a way to give back to the organization, and Andrea called, and I couldn’t say no. Supporting Under the Stars has been one of the highlights of our time here in Greenwich.
What moments will stay with you from this year’s event?
AS – Oh my gosh there are so many. I have to say when 98 Degrees hit the stage it was pretty amazing. I got to relive my 90s youth with my husband and our best friends. What could be better?! And we were coming off a very successful Paddle Raise so it all added up to such a rush of joy and elation.
JT – Finishing our speech! For three years, Andi and I notoriously approached all of our speaking engagements without practice. We worked better that way. However, for the final hoorah, we practiced and it was really meaningful to conclude three years of chairing with that speech.
Why would you encourage all Greenwich Moms to support UTS—whether or not they are delivering there?
AS – It goes far beyond labor and delivery. We are supporting all women’s and children’s services.
JT – The advancements made by the hospital in recent years are real and tangible, like the creation of a 24/7 pediatric emergency department for example. And they do affect all of us – at some point in life, you may have a need for care. You want that care to be exceptional, very close to home. We can only make forward steps with the support of our community.
How can people help?
AS – So many ways! Contact the Greenwich Hospital Foundationoffice or me and we would be happy to guide you!
We love supporting local businesses. What are your favorite places in town to:
Go out to eat
AS – Rebecca’s, Centro and Bambou are local for us so we are there a lot. I love a round table when we are with a big group so everyone can talk…le penguin has a nice corner round table we love for our group. Being a designer I always pay attention to acoustics and when a restaurant just rattles noise around with nothing breaking the sound waves, I can’t stand it. Tarry Lodge is always nice withfriends, everyone can talk and their salmon is out of this world.
Grab a drink with friends
AS – L’escale all the way. On a nice day nothing beats it.
JT – Same!
Have a date night
AS – We are homebodies so we usually do date nights cooking at home. We eat out with friends so often and for work that when we have a night off, we are happiest being cozy at home.
JT – We recently went to GrayBarns and loved it. The ambience is the best part.
Spend time together as a family indoors/outdoors
AS – In the winter we love to ski. Summertime we are at the pool, on our boat that we keep at the Byram marina or traveling.
JT – Being a Floridian, I live for the summer. There’s nothing like a New England summer. In the winter? You can find me in Florida!
Shop for yourself/shop for your kids
AS – Saks all the way. In person and online, many of my favorite brands in one spot. I can work my way down Greenwich Ave. with major efficiency…i can’t stand malls. I also love a deal on TheRealReal.
JT – Lately, I’ve had to resort to online shopping, which I’m not a fan of but it’s quick and easy!
AS – The same stylist has been coloring my hair forever. I go to her home salon in Stamford. One of the few reasons to get me north of Greenwich! Haircuts I go locally to Jaafar at Jaafar Tazi.
JT – Christopher Noland. Ewa introduced me to highlights and changed my life.
AS – I make a mean cup of coffee and like my own best. I must really sound like a hermit but again, I usually invite people here for coffee. I do love the ginger tea at Granola Barthough and occasional breakfast smoothie from B. Good when I’m on the run.
Other places you just love in Greenwich that you go to on a regular basis
AS – Besides my AM fitness classes at Forme, Pure Barre and the Rite Method, I’m usually working most days. I’m the queen of outsourcing so things like food shopping are not an issue although Citarella is awesome for last minute meals. And their flowers there are outrageous. Walking my dogs is always a treat when I can squeeze that in.
Any hidden treasures you want to share
AS – Byram Park and Marina is such a special place for us and it’s rarely crowded. We love to island hop on our boat and bring friends. We know some great spots for beach glass and love to go hunting for it after a storm. Discovering Greenwich by water is looking at everything from a different perspective. My mind was blown when we first brought our boat here from Long Island.
The Under the Stars committee is very close to meeting their goal of $1 million. To help them finish this fantastic achievement, donate here!