Gala Nets $1M for Beneficiary; Transformational Gifts Name
David and Rhoda Chase Family Movement Disorders Center
And Ayer Neuroscience Institute
Hartford Hospital’s 26th annual Black & Red netted more than $1 million to benefit Hartford HealthCare’s neuroscience program as more than 1,000 guests filled the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford on Saturday, January 28, for dining, dancing, and featured entertainment by Fitz & The Tantrums. Adding to the excitement of the night was the announcement of two transformational gifts benefiting the neuroscience program.
Multi-million-dollar gifts from the Chase family and from Ramani and Louise Ayer will help to advance Hartford HealthCare’s goal of being a national destination for the highest-quality care for the full spectrum of neurological diseases. The Chase gift will be recognized with the naming of the David and Rhoda Chase Family Movement Disorders Center. Last year, Greater Hartford lost a tremendous leader and philanthropist with the passing of David Chase. His legacy as a successful entrepreneur and advocate for Hartford and Connecticut is being carried on by his wife, Rhoda; his son, Arnold; his daughter, Cheryl; and the entire Chase family. Their gift will help to advance the center’s deep brain stimulation capabilities, the most complex surgical treatment for Parkinson’s disease; enhance other patient programs and services; and assist in the center’s geographic expansion. The gift will also support a neurology fellowship in movement disorders.
In recognition of the gift from Ramani and Louise Ayer, the neuroscience program will be named the Ayer Neuroscience Institute. Louise and Ramani Ayer have been visionary leaders at the hospital for decades. Ramani Ayer, former CEO and chair of The Hartford, has played a central role in the strategic growth and development of the Hartford HealthCare system. He is a former chair of the Hartford Hospital Board of Directors and a founding member and former chair of the Hartford HealthCare Board of Directors.
Learn more about the two transformational gifts benefiting the Ayer Neuroscience Institute.
Find out more about the Black & Red.
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