Community Partners

Partnerships with several outstanding organizations in the community help raise funds and awareness for a variety of healthcare issues and often help provide a little extra comfort for our patients.


East Haven High School 

East Haven High School juniors Ava Carrano and Darly Sepulveda (left) stopped by Smilow Cancer Hospital April 18th to meet with Dave Vinas, Director of Operations, and deliver proceeds from their Capstone projects. Darly gathered 200 hats and scarves from the community for oncology patients, and Ava organized a walk at school and presented a check to Dave. Juliet Goraieb, Capstone advisor accompanied the students.

Sons of Italy in America

The Greater New Haven Lodge #37 of the Sons of Italy in America conducted its Fifth Annual Ladies Luncheon fundraiser to benefit the Sister to Sister Fund at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven last December. The Sister to Sister Fund provides support for uninsured and underinsured women in New Haven who are in the process of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.  Pictured above is Sons of Italy in America Lodge #37 President Sam Giglio (left) presenting a $3,000 check to Andrea Silber, MD, and Sons of Italy member Rich Ramadei.

DiBella's Subs

This past summer, DiBella’s Subs raised over $2,600 for the Arts for Healing Program at Yale-New Haven’s Children’s Hospital.  With the opening of their newest location in Hamden, CT, DiBella’s ran a special menu item for 5 weeks. For every special menu item that was purchased, DiBella's then donated $1 to the Arts for Healing Program.

Pictured L-R: AJ Shear, Marketing Manager DiBella’s Subs; Janice Baker, Manager Arts for Healing Program; Megan Bates, Catering and Sales Manager DiBella’s Subs.

Hartford Job Corps

Staff and students at Hartford Job Corps Academy helped support breast cancer patients with financial challenges through dress down days in October as well as through cash donations. Education Training Resources in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Academy’s main contractor, also donated to support this effort. Pictured (L to R), Charlene Brockenberry, Life Skills Director; Marcia Ciskowski, SGA Advisor ; Davon Sanders, SGA Chief Justice; Mickel Linton, SGA President; Tami Schweikert, Academy Director; Tremaine France, SGA Advisor

West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Committee donates to Smilow 

Eileen Hansen, administrative manager of women's oncology services, left, and Jeanette Brooks, manager of the Cingari Family Boutique at Smilow, receive symbolic checks totaling $34,500 from West Haven Mayor Edward M. O'Brien, center, and West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program committee members Ronald Quagliani and Jennifer Cavallaro during an October 27th presentation at West Haven City Hall. The money, raised at the Program's 15th annual Icy Plunge for the Cure, will benefit the Yale Breast Center at Smilow and Looking Forward, an educational and wellness program for cancer patients at Smilow. Since its inception in 2001, the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program committee, led by Human Resources Commissioner Beth Sabo, has raised over $700,000 for breast cancer research and patient programs.

Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Dept.

Members of the Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Dept. Garrett Picci, Chris Kelly and Steve Hoffmann present Give Cancer the Axe t-shirts and proceeds from their Employee Boot Drive to Smilow Breast Center surgeon Dr. Brigid Killelea, accompanied by Maureen Major-Campos, Program Manager for Women’s Oncology Services and Mary Ellen Diotavali, RN.

Chester Elementary School 

Members of the 6th grade class at Chester Elementary School held a bake sale in September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The students stopped by Smilow Cancer Hospital to meet with Abe Lopman, Executive Director, Smilow Cancer Hospital (right) and Art Lemay, Executive Director, Smilow Cancer Network (left) and directed the bake sale proceeds to the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Program Fund.‬

Lemonade Stand Benefits Smilow

Carolina and Lorenzo Mancini stopped by Smilow Cancer Hospital to give the proceeds from their August 2015 lemonade stand to the Thoracic Oncology Program Fund. The children raised over $900 in two hours that summer day as a tribute to their grandfather Concezio Mancini.‬


Van Wilgen’s Garden Center

Bill Van Wilgen, owner of Van Wilgen’s Garden Center in Branford recently hosted “Pink Weeks,” selling Pink Flamingos to support Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Mr. Van Wilgen purchased the flamingos himself, sold them for $10 each and donated 100% of the proceeds to Smilow. Marna P. Borgstrom, CEO of YNHH visited the garden center where Bill and his wife, Laurie, presented her with a check for $15,947! ‬


Susan G. Komen Connecticut awards $65,000 grant

Susan G. Komen Connecticut has awarded a $65,000 grant to Yale-New Haven Hospital to support a Community Patient Navigator for Breast Services. YNHH is very grateful for this award which will have a positive impact the lives of patients undergoing treatment. Pictured (L to R), Carla Giles, Ambulatory Manager; Patricia A. DeWitt, Director Community Programs/Grants Administration; Annie Garcia Kaplan, Development Officer, Corporate and Foundation Giving and Denise Rivera Calodonato from Susan G. Komen Connecticut.

Hamden Police Department

We are grateful to Officer Mark Gery, who generously donated proceeds that were meant to assist in his recovery from cancer to ‪#Smilow Cancer Hospital’s pediatric oncology unit.The funds, raised on his behalf by the Hamden Police and Fire Department at the annual Sleeping Giant Hockey game, were presented to Denise Carr, Patient Service Manager at Smilow.‬

Wilton Girl Scouts

Wilton Girl Scout Troop 50877 completed their Bronze Award by raising money to donate gift bags to the patients at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. Over 4 months the Troop held fundraisers, purchased items and assembled the bags. The gift bags included age appropriate gifts which included books, puzzles, crafts, cards and board games and will be given to pediatric patients during their stay at YNHCH.

Guilford High School Girls Softball

Guilford High School Girls Softball team captains Olivia Boudreau (left) and Allison Stephens (right), along with Coach Steve Zajac, presented a donation to the Breast Cancer Program Fund from proceeds of a fundraising effort at their May 11, 2015 game with the Jonathan Law High School girls softball team in Milford. A bake sale, raffle items and generous support from the Jonathan Law team contributed to the Guilford High School team donation.‬

Women's Club of North Haven

Members of the Women's Club of North Haven dropped off 101 Cancer Comfort pillows their group had created for patients at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Accepting the pillows from Frann Tomczyk (far left) and Pam Lerner (2nd from right) are Donna Angelo, RN, Sarah Tonucci, RN and Tracy Carafeno, Patient Services Manager.

Bake Sale Honors Teacher

Members of the Geller family and students from the Community join together at the Memorial Day parade in Guilford for a bake sale honoring teacher Kristin Skelly from the Baldwin School. Proceeds from the bake sale were directed to the Smilow Cancer Hospital Complementary Service Fund.

Big Y Supermarkets

Big Y Supermarkets recently presented $20,000 in proceeds from their 8th Annual Partners of Hope Campaign to the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. The Partners in Hope Campaign promotes screening, education and treatment. Pictured are staff at Big Y in Branford: Joe Como, Store Manager, and Department Managers: Devin Lagoa, Mike Nathman, Amanda Matts-Donaldson, Mike D'Orlando, Ron Tavini, Bill Buess, Robin Lavorna, and Annmarie Vittorio. The check was presented to Annie Garcia Kaplan from Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Shelton Girls Soccer

This past October, the Shelton High School girls’ soccer team raised $900 for the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. During a home game they coined, "Pink Night," the team raised money by selling raffle tickets for donated prizes as well as baked goods and pink lanyards.

Amity Girls Volleyball

Amity Regional High School Girls Volleyball team recently raised funds during the team's Breast Cancer "Pink Game" for Smilow Cancer Hospital. With fundraising initiatives such as a bake sale, chili sale and 50/50 raffle, the team was able to make a $800 donation directed to the Oncology Social Work Fund.

Empowered by Music

Pianist Victor You, Hanna Chao, MD, and concert pianist Steven Beck present Thomas J. Lynch, Jr., MD with the proceeds from Empowered by Music, a benefit concert held on November 22, 2014 in support of the Parenting at a Challenging Time program at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. The concert generated over $4,000 in ticket sales and donations to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Home Depot spreads cheer

New Haven area Home Depot stores collected toys and monetary donations to help spread cheer to patients and families being treated at Yale-New Haven Children’s hospital during the holidays.

The Home Depot: Helena Famiglietti, Harold Bullard, Damon Delucia, Ryan Hunt, Marissa Derosa, William Clinton, Paul Ruzbarsky; YNHCH Child Life: Cara Graneto, Erica Bailey, Janice Baker

8th Graders Raise Money for Childhood Cancer Awareness

8th graders from House 3 at Hamden Middle School recently sponsored Pajama Bottom Day to raise money for Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Proceeds were donated to the Closer to Free Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Program Fund.

2nd Annual Women's Street Hockey Tournament benefits Smilow Cancer Hospital

Julia Consorte (middle), a member of Sacred Heart University’s women’s ice hockey team, stopped by Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven with her sister Carrolline (L) to drop off the proceeds from the 2nd Annual Women’s Street Hockey Tournament, held July 25th at the Bennett Rink in West Haven. They were met by David Vinas, Director of Operations, who accepted the check on behalf of Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Stew Leonard's Wishing Well

Stew Leonard, Jr. helped present a check today to Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven Hospital for Dr. Deepak Narayan’s Melanoma Research Fund. The Danbury store also dedicated it’s Wishing Well contributions during the same period and collected more than $400. From left are Siri Laurenza, Madison Leonard, Blake Leonard, Jill Tavello, Lisa Lynn and
Stew Leonard Jr.

The Hope Regatta Helps Families be Together

On June 28th, the family of Dennis Peterlin hosted The Hope Regatta at the Housatonic Boat Club in Stratford, CT. To honor Dennis’ memory, his family organized a regatta and dinner to benefit The Suites at Yale-New Haven Patient and Family Support Fund. Within a couple of blocks of YNHH, the suites are hotel rooms where patients and/or their families can stay.

Freeplay Beach Jam

Elk's Club members, Smilow Cancer Hospital supporters and music-lovers of all ages gathered on the beach in Westbrook on Saturday, July 26, 2014 for the 6th Annual Beach Jam for Breast Cancer. The annual event is held at and sponsored by the Westbrook Elks Lodge and hosted by Freeplay, Connecticut's Hottest Party Band.

View the photo gallery of the past events.



Clinton Golf Tournament

The Clinton Golf Tournament held it's third annual event on June 25, 2014 to benefit the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Organized by Casey Smith of Madison, this year's event raised $6,000. Since the inception of the Clinton Golf Tournament, the annual event has raised close to $30,000.

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Lion Heart

Lion Heart is committed to finding a cure for breast cancer. Founded and led by Kathleen van Rijn, Lion Heart supports Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Lion Heart is a team dedicated to supporting one another, fund raising, and having fun while doing it.Lion Heart raises money by conducting events.The funds raised by Lion Heart team members have the potential to aid breakthrough research and truly make a difference. Lion Heart’s goal is to help find a cure for breast cancer through its support of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven. Learn more about Lion Heart