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.


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