Community Fundraisers


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.

Boobstock Fundraiser Supports Smilow Cancer Hospital

Pat Unan greets Maureen Major-Campos, Program Manager for Women’s Oncology Services, on October 17th and delivers a check from proceeds from Boobstock, a live-music festival held September 17, 2016 in Deep River, CT. The festival was held as a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Program at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

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Lion Heart

Founded and led by Kathleen van Rijn, Lion Heart – a team dedicated to supporting one another, fundraising, and having fun while doing it – is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year! Lion Heart’s goal is to help find a cure for breast cancer through its support of Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. The Lion Heart Fund supports clinical outreach, diversity initiatives, patient education and clinical trials at the Breast Center at Smilow. To date, Lion Heart has raised over $600,000. Learn more about this amazing team!

Memorial Golf Tournament benefits Pulmonary Fibrosis Research

Hyman Glick (left) Store Manager, Hamden Walgreens, hands Danielle Antin-Ozerkis, MD, Medical Director, Yale Interstitial Lung Disease Program, a check for pulmonary fibrosis research from the proceeds of the August 13, 2016 Greg Walsh Memorial Golf Tournament at Whitney Farms Golf Course in Monroe, CT. Also present were Judy Walsh, son Ryan Walsh and members of the lung disease team.

3 For Faith Lemonade Stand

Emma and Alex D’Amico along with Megan Loiacano stopped by Smilow Cancer Hospital to present proceeds from their August 20th 3 For Faith lemonade stand sales to Maureen Major-Campos, Manager, Women’s Center. The lemonade stand yielded over $6,000 this year for Closer to Free Pediatric Oncology. The girls have a website, and are committed to helping others through their lemonade stand and craft sales.

The Sisters' Project

Members of the Wallingford group The Sisters' Project met with Dave Vinas from Smilow Cancer Hospital administration to present a check supporting purchase of a blanket warmer for the new Smilow Extended Care Unit.

Autumn Court & Friends

Jeanette Brooks, Complementary Services Manager and Denise Carr, Patient Services Manager for Pediatric Oncology, far left, meet with members of Autumn Court and Friends, a neighborhood group from Cheshire. The Group dropped off proceeds from their April event to raise funds for a blanket warmer in the pediatric oncology unit, comfort carts and oncology social work.

Teamsters for Tomorrow

Employees of Sikorsky Aircraft conducted their annual "Teamsters for Tomorrow" family picnic to benefit Smilow Cancer Hospital on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at their union hall on Garfield Avenue in Stratford. More than 127 guests participated and enjoyed food and games throughout the afternoon and helped to generate $1,135 in proceeds to benefit patients undergoing cancer treatment.

Dunkin' Donuts

Local Dunkin' Donuts franchisees present YNHCH with a check for $70,000 in proceeds from this year's Iced Coffee Day. On May 25, $1.00 from every Iced Coffee sold at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in Connecticut was donated to local Children's Hospitals. Funds will be used to help improve the health and well-being of pediatric patients and their families.

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.




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