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Phelps' Hospital Champagne Gala Will Honor Trio

Ellen and Bill Melvin are being honored at Phelps Hospital’s 29th annual Champagne Ball in Briarcliff Manor. Photo Credit: Contributed
Dr. Barry Field is being honored at Phelps Hospital’s 29th annual Champagne Ball in Briarcliff Manor. Photo Credit: Contributed

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- A doctor and businessman and his wife will be honored at the Phelps Hospital’s 29th annual Champagne Ball on Friday, Oct. 28, at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Briarcliff Manor.

The evening’s honorees are Dr. Barry Field and William O. Melvin Jr. and his wife, Ellen.

Field joined the Phelps Hospital medical staff in 1978. He served as chief of the hospital’s division of gastroenterology for 10 years and as director of the department of medicine for 12. 

Phelps has benefited from Field’s efforts to further the quality of care provided at the hospital, particularly through education, said a news release.

He established the Phelps Journal Club in 1986, a teaching forum for the past 30 years. Field also helped establish the quality assurance program in the department of medicine. 

The Melvins, longtime residents of Scarborough Manor, were born and raised in Westchester County – Bill in Ardsley-on-Hudson and Ellen in Bronxville. 

Bill founded Acorn Derivatives Management, an investment management firm in White Plains. 

A volunteer with interest in the arts, Ellen has given her time and energy to many museums and cultural centers. 

Members of the Melvin family have received care from Phelps physicians over the years, and Bill and Ellen have shown appreciation for that care by becoming strong supporters of Phelps, according to the release.

They are best-known for establishing the Phelps Classic golf tournament to help raise funds and make more people aware of the Phelps Hospital. The fundraiser has raised over $1.2 million over the past 13 years.

The Champagne Ball includes a Fund-A-Cause auction, where guests pledge their support to a designated hospital program or service with the goal of completely funding the initiative by the end of the evening. 

This year, the auction will fund the Nurse Call – For Improved Patient-Caregiver Communication. 

It allows patients and caregivers to directly communicate with each other through the Vocera wireless system that is currently in use at Phelps. 

The Champagne Gala will include a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, and a silent auction featuring gift certificates, cocktail packages, accommodations and jewelry. 

Co-chairs of the evening are Ingrid and Jack Hershman, Pamela and Paul Terracciano and Laurie and Franklin H. Zimmerman.

To purchase Champagne Ball tickets, contact Marissa Coratti at 914-366-3104, or visit

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