Fund Development News

January 2017

Vose TPC 18 Hole Strole Check 2017
From left, Abbi Bruce, director of the Hartford Region
of the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute; Andy Salner, MD, medical director, Helen & Harry Gracy Cancer Center;
Brittany Vose; Donna Handley, vice president of
operations, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute; and Carol Garlick, vice president, Philanthropy, Hartford Hospital.

Gift Supports Pancreatic Cancer Research
Since 2009, Brittany Vose of Cromwell has organized the 18 Hole Stroll for Pancreatic Cancer during the PGA Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands Golf Course in Cromwell. She started the fundraiser supporting pancreatic cancer research to honor her father, John Vose, who died from the disease when she was 5 years old.  In January she donated part of the proceeds from the 2016 stroll to the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Institute at Hartford Hospital.

December 2016

CTBTA 2017
From left: Cheryl Haskes, CTBTA; Elli Haskes, CTBTA; Erin Mangan, CTBTA; Cheryl Italia, CTBTA; Harrison Canning, CTBTA; Kimberly Roy-Canning, CTBTA; Andrew Salner, MD, medical director, Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center; Greg Shimer, CTBTA; Tracey Gamer-Fanning, CTBTA; David Lemkuil, CTBTA;  Alexandra Flowers, MD;  Jennifer Pace; Susan Lemkuil; Hillary Keller; Abbi Bruce, director, Hartford Region, Hartford Healthcare Cancer Institute ; Mike Wright; Donna Handley, vice president, Operations, Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute.

Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance Supports Cancer Center
Representatives of the Connecticut Brain Tumor Alliance (CTBTA) presented a $25,000 check to benefit the Brain Tumor Fund at Hartford Hospital in December. The fund makes possible many amenities for patients with brain tumors and their families, supports outreach efforts, and enables the purchase of capital equipment within the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital.
     CTBTA’s mission is to raise awareness of the disease, provide hope and support for Connecticut residents living with brain tumors, and raise money to support and advocate for cutting-edge research to find a cure. The group pledged $100,000 in the summer of 2011 to Hartford Hospital and has paid $25,000 each year since then toward that pledge. 






Dave Bauchiero; Maryann Bauchiero; Robert Carmen; Andrew Salner, MD, medical director, Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center; Stacy Roos; Andrew Caputo, MD; Dave Rustico; Carla Burgess, director of development, Hartford Hospital.

ERRACE Raises Funds for Cancer Research
In Decemeber, representatives of ERRACE (Everyone Run/Ride Against Cancer Everyday) presented a check for $50,000 to support the work of the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. The funds were raised through the eighth annual ERRACE event, held July 16, 2016, at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute in Avon. Andrew Caputo, MD, orthopedic surgeon at Hartford Hospital, started the event after his wife, Allyson Caputo, was diagnosed with cancer. Allyson Caputo passed away in 2012 after a long and courageous battle with cancer, but her legacy lives on in the many lives she touched. The Caputo family launched the ERRACE organization to raise awareness as well as money for cancer research. Every year ERRACE brings together expertise from every aspect of health care and challenges hundreds of participants with a 25-,  50-, or 100-mile road bike ride, a 15-mile mountain bike ride, and a 5 km run/walk.



Bridge Club 2017

Hartford Bridge Club Marks 85th Anniversary
By Supporting Cancer Patients

The Hartford Bridge Club in December presented a donation of $4,100 to the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center at the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at Hartford Hospital. Beverly Saunders, club president, and Donna Feir, club manager, presented the check to Andrew Salner, MD, medical director of the cancer center. The club's first donation to the cancer center, for $3,500, was made in 2014 in memory of Dixie Mastrandrea, a beloved former president of the club who died after a 20-year struggle with the disease. In 2016 the club's board of directors decided to commemorate the club’s 85th anniversary by supporting the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center in memory of the many who have been lost to cancer and in support of those who are currently battling it. The funds collected will be used for a cancer patients’ assistance fund.


PumpkinTown 2016
From left: Paul Peszynski; Patricia DeFusco, MD, medical oncologist, and physician lead for the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute Breast Disease Management Team; Karen Clark; Dan Peszynski; Karen Weingrod,  manager, Breast Care Program, Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center; Jill Kelley.

Pumpkintown Donates $17,000 to Breast Cancer Program
The Peszynski family and friends in December presented a check for $17,000 to Hartford Hospital's breast cancer program. Founded by the Peszynski family, Pumpkintown USA in East Hampton, one of Connecticut's most popular fall festivals, has been raising money for breast cancer programs since 2009 in memory of Sandy Peszynski, co-founder of Paul’s & Sandy’s Too garden center. Peszynski, who passed away in 2007 after a 25-year battle with breast cancer, played a major role in creating, naming, and dressing the many characters of Pumpkintown. To honor Peszynski’s memory, her family opens Pumpkintown at the garden center for six weeks in the fall and donates a portion of the funds raised through admission to the Sandy Peszynski Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation has raised more than $350,000 to support local breast cancer programs over the years.