Community Groups that Support Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital is very fortunate to be surrounded by a dedicated and generous community. The community fund-raisers below are run by committed and eager volunteers who take time out of their schedules to raise money for our programs and services.

18 Hole Stroll for Pancreatic Cancer

The 18-Hole Stroll for Pancreatic Cancer at The Travelers Championship is an annual fundraising event to promote awareness and funding for the early detection and cure for pancreatic cancer. The annual stroll is held at the Travelers Championship TPC River Highlands, a national golf event attracting participants from across the country in Cromwell, Connecticut. The previous 18-Hole Strolls have collectively raised nearly $254,000, progressing towards Brittany Vose’s quest to raise $1 million for pancreatic cancer research. Proceeds from this event support the Lustgarten Foundation and the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. Please visit their Facebook page for more information.


Ben & Nancy Libera Bocce Tournament

The Annual Ben & Nancy Libera Bocce Tournament is held at the Solomon Welles House in Wethersfield. All proceeds to benefit the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. 

 btr Golf Tournament

The btr Golf Tournament is hosted by Advanced Performance Glass in memory of Andy Butterfield, a loved and missed colleague and friend. For more information about the golf tournament, please visit the Advanced Performance Glass page or the btr Golf Tournament Facebook page.


Cheers to Linda

Cheers to Linda was created in memory of Linda Stepensky-Campochiaro, who passed away due to complications with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Vasculitis in September 2014. Linda’s passion to help others and her spirit for life is carried on by her family and friends. Their mission is to raise awareness for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Vasculitis and Autoimmune Disease. For more information, please visit the Cheers to Linda Facebook page.

Long-terms goals for the Linda-Stepensky Foundation are to:
-Provide annual scholarships to graduating student from New Britain and Southington High Schools, who have shown integrity, kindness and acceptance as Linda always did.
-Contribute yearly to community organizations such as Warm The Children, Husky-Thon, Bread for Life, YMCA Camp Sloper, Friendship Center of New Britain, Southington Community Services and St. Jude. Nearly $17,000 has been donated to date.
-Raise much needed funds to provide patients & families with services while at Hartford Hospital through positive patient experiences.


Chip in for a Cure logo Chip In For A Cure

"Our dream is to eradicate breast cancer in our lifetime and provide a cancer-free environment for our children, grandchildren, and their children." Chip In For A Cure was founded in 1995 by Charlene Jarvis and Sheila Wolfson to raise money to benefit cancer research. In 2001, Chip In For A Cure became its own 501(c)3 charity and organizers decided to apply to proceeds from its fund-raisers to help women in the Greater Hartford area. Chip In For A Cure has donated more than $500,000 to Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center specifically for research and breast health programs. To learn more about Chip In For A Cure, please visit their website.

 Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance

The Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, Inc. (CTBTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to offering support and compassion. Their mission is to raise awareness for the disease, provide hope and support for others living with brain tumors in Connecticut, and raise money to support and advocate the cutting-edge research we all know someday will find a cure. Your support of CTBTA makes it possible to provide patient assistance funds at Hartford Hospital as well as other Connecticut hospitals. For more information about the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance, please visit their website.



The ERRACE organization was created by a group of professionals with common goals. Together they strive to raise awareness for cancer, raise funds for cancer research and to inspire the community to be active and health conscious. They bring together their expertise from multiple aspects of business management, healthcare, community work, fund-raising and athletic endeavors. They are excited to share a fun, safe and inspiring event with the community for years to come. For more information about ERRACE, please visit their website or their Facebook page.


 Gworek & Dell Golf Tournament

The Gworek & Dell Memorial Golf Tournament is held in honor of two great men, Dave Gworek and Brian Dell in celebration of their passion for golf. All proceeds from the tournament benefit cardiac research at Hartford Hospital.


 Hartford Hospital Auxiliary

For more than 85 years, the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary has assisted Hartford Hospital by providing services, programs and grants that directly benefit the hospital. Funds raised help to fund critical projects for the hospital, provide necessary equipment and training and fund scholarships for volunteers, employees and their children. In the past few years alone, the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary has pledged over $2,000,000 to Hartford Hospital. The success of the Auxiliary depends upon support of ongoing fundraisers, membership dues, and dedicated volunteers. To learn more about the Auxiliary, visit the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary page.


 Matthew Phillips Cut-A-Thon

In 16 years, Matthew Phillips Cut-A-Thon has donated over $190,000 to Breast Cancer Research at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. This event is sponsored by Matthew Phillips Aveda Concept Salon. For more information about their event, please call 860.523.5261 or visit their website.


 Nite of Lite Laughter

For almost 20 years, the Annual Nite of Lite Laughter has been hosted by WRCH and Hartford Hospital. In 2016, they have now surpassed the million dollar mark in proceeds to benefit the fight against Breast Cancer through the Hartford Heathcare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital! For more information about this event, please visit the Lite 100.5 WRCH Nite of Lite Laughter page.


  Pumpkintown USA

Pumpkintown USA is a non-scary fall activity for kids of all ages. The Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation, a supporter of Hartford Hospital's Partnership for Breast Care Program, receives 25 percent of the admission price to the Village at Pumpkintown. Click here to learn more about Pumpkintown.


Raynbow Golf Classic

The Annual Raynbow Golf Classic is dedicated to Neil R. Esposito, Raymond C. Esposito and Sarah Ann Privitera and benefits Hartford Hospital's Diabetes Education Program as well as the Cancer Center at Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. 


Ron's Run for the Roses

Ron's Run for the Roses was created in memory of Ron Foley of West Hartford, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2005. Ron was a respected business leader who passed away shortly after retiring from The Travelers. The mission of the Ron Foley Foundation is to promote public awareness of pancreatic cancer, assist in the development of a local network providing information, contacts, shared experiences, and support, and raise much-needed funds for medical research leading to early detection and more effective treatment. The Ron Foley Foundation is a supporter of Hartford Hospital. For more information about Ron's Run, please visit the Ron Foley Foundation website or the Ron's Run Facebook page.


Skip McDermott Memorial Golf Tournament

Skip McDermott, a successful kidney transplant recipient from his brother Jim, died in 2001. His many friends knew of his passion and enthusiasm for organ donation. Skip's tireless efforts helped raise awareness for this "Gift of Life" for over 25 years. The golf tournament continues Skip's mission and offers a fun pastime that Skip loved for all to enjoy. Proceeds from this event benefit Hartford Hospital's Transplant Program. 


Swing For The Cure Golf Tournament

Swing for a Cure benefits Hartford Hospital in support of breast cancer research and programs for the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital.


 Team Towanda Foundation

The inspiration behind the Team Towanda Foundation is the story of a woman who fought and survived a battle with breast cancer, thanks to the support of great friends and great healthcare. While receiving treatment, Judith Melchreit realized that many women facing the exact same health challenge were not receiving the same standard of care that she was receiving because they were not covered by health insurance. Feeling that every woman deserves the same care, she shared her concern with friends and the Team Towanda Foundation was born with the vision of helping uninsured women recieve mammograms and other breast-related services. It was this very group of girlfriends that helped Judith write a cookbook to share her positive experience, and to give tips and advice for friends of those fighting cancer. The cookbook was a huge success - over 13,000 copies have been printed to date. Today the foundation rasies money by selling Team Towanda merchandise online, hosting events, and receiving donations. All proceeds go directly to women in need. Team Towanda Foundation is an all-volunteer organization. It became a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 2002.

Proceeds from these events benefit the Partnership for Breast Care Program, the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital, the Cancer Patient and Family Assistance Fund, and the Breast Health Outreach and Education Fund (aka Mobile Mammography) at Hartford Hospital.


Tribute to Life Skating Spectacular

The Annual Tribute to Life Skating Spectacular is held at the Newington Skating Arena. In memory of David Drake and all those touched by cancer, the event features Olympic level athletes as well as local talent. Over $35,000 has been raised to date. Proceeds benefit the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital.


Wayne Levesque Memorial Golf Tournament

The Wayne Levesque Memorial benefits the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. Wayne passed away on April 28, 2011 after a 3 1/2 year fight with Pancreatic Cancer. He was overwhelmed by the love and support he received from people. Wayne was a "True Fighter" and will forever be missed. For more information and photos from past events, visit their Facebook page.


Young Leaders Advisory Council logo Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC)

Hartford Hospital's Young Leaders Advisory Council is a group of early- to mid-career professionals in the Hartford region who serve as ambassadors of Hartford Hospital. They strive to educate an upcoming generation about Hartford Hospital's innovative programs and services, as well as involve and cultivate emerging community leaders with an affinity for the hospital. Members come from a wide range of industries, including the nonprofit sector, insurance, finance, law, health care, and others. The goal of the Young Leaders Advisory Council (YLAC) is to raise $25,000 through their Annual Fundraiser, Spring Into Action, via sponsorships, silent auction items, and ticket sales to the general public. For more information about Spring Into Action, visit the YLAC web page.


 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

One in eight American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. That’s one in eight fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, partners, and friends. ZERO works tirelessly every day to create Generation ZERO – the first generation of men free from prostate cancer. For more than twenty years, they have helped save lives, support research and new treatments, educate and test men, and unite communities to make prostate cancer a national priority. They have made a significant impact on the fight against the disease. They are on the front lines investing in patient support programs, research for better diagnostics, and creating awareness. No other prostate cancer charity spends more per dollar on programs – more than 94 cents. The funds raised from ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - Hartford are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute to be used for community prostate cancer education programs and PSA testing health fairs. For more information about ZERO, please visit