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.

Sound Runner and Penny Lane

Chris Rosenberg (l), Manager of soundRunner in Old Saybrook, and Alex Foulkes, Co-Owner of Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook, present a check to thoracic oncology research from a percentage of sales proceeds one day in October at both establishments. soundRunner also hosted a run through Old Saybrook that day to focus attention on lung cancer research at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Progressions Hair Salon & Wig Boutique

Stephanie and Mario Cabral, of Progressions Hair Salon & Wig Boutique in Woodbridge, recently presented a check to the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Progressions Hair Salon, held an event called “Pampered in Pink” where they did hair, make-up, nails and massage and collected donations to support Breast Cancer Research at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

North Haven PD

Lt. Andrew Stavrides (l) and Sgt. Joe Woznyk of the North Haven Police Department present a generous check from proceeds of their October Pink Patch Project, completely selling out their pink Police Dept. patches for breast cancer research at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

Driscoll Cares Inc.

Following arm surgery six years ago, Logan Driscoll, now a senior at Guilford High School, noticed that there were not enough books available to the children while staying at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. He created his own nonprofit, named Driscoll Cares Inc. Logan came by YNHCH to drop off 500 hundred of the 1,000 books he has collected for the our pediatric patients.

Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Dept

Kevin Pelham and Chris Kelly, both firefighters from Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Department, recently presented a check to Eileen Hansen from the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Department held two t-shirt sales and collected donations over the past two years to support the Breast Cancer at Smilow Cancer Hospital.

FCIAC Girls Soccer

The Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference (FCIAC) Girls Soccer teams presented Yale New Haven Hospital with a check during their final game on November 3rd. Donations were collected from 14 high schools in Fairfield County in honor of Laci Lewis, who underwent open heart surgery after suddenly going into cardiac arrest at a soccer game this past summer. Laci has since recuperated and is expected to go back to the field soon.

Emergency Resource Management

Robert Ziegler, President, and Megan Carey, Director of Employee and Client Relations from Emergency Resource Management, recently presented a check to Smilow Cancer Hospital. The staff at Emergency Resource Management had shirts made and collected donations to support Head and Neck Cancer Programs at Smilow.

Breast Center at Smilow

During the month of October, members of the staff at the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital made pink shirts for a dress down Friday and gave a donation towards patient services at the Breast Center.

West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness

West Haven Mayor Edward O’Brien and members of West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program Beth Sabo and Jennifer Cavallaro presented a check for breast cancer patient care and services to Eileen Hansen, Linda Penn and Camille Servodidio of Smilow Cancer Hospital. The West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program holds events, including their annual January Icy Plunge at Savin Rock Conference Center, to raise funds and awareness for local breast cancer patients and programs. The group has been a generous supporter of the Smilow Breast Center for many years.


Pat Unan and Linda Johnson, organizers of the Deep River, CT music festival Boobstock, presented proceeds from the 5th annual September event to Linda Penn, Manager, Cingari Family Boutique and Camille Servodidio, RN, Program Manager, Women’s Oncology Services. Boobstock support will be directed to the Cingari Family Boutique Fund for patients needing financial assistance with head coverings, wigs, camisoles and other needs associated with breast cancer surgery and treatment.

Beach Jam for Breast Cancer

Camille Servodidio, RN, MPH,OCN, CBCN, CCRP, NE-BC, Program Manager, Women’s Oncology Services, met with Jim Pino from the band Freeplay, Rex Clayton, Exalted Ruler, Westbrook BPO Elks Club, and volunteer leaders of the 9th annual Beach Jam for Breast Cancer to accept a check representing proceeds from the August event. The support is directed to breast cancer patients requiring supplemental assistance to maintain quality of life.

Branford Youth Cheerleading

The Branford Youth Cheerleading team recently made a donation to The Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital to support cancer research. Cheerleaders and their families were inspired to start fundraising to help find a cure for breast cancer. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, the team purchased handmade pink bows to wear for the month of October.

Pink Ball Golf Tournament

Mary Freeman and Peggy Gettig met with Lynore Aaron and Linda Penn of the Cingari Family Boutique to drop off proceeds from their Pink Ball Golf Tournament. More than 70 golfers from the Ladies 9 Hole League raised over $2500 for the Cingari Family Boutique Fund at Smilow Cancer Hospital. The Fund is used to help patients needing financial assistance for head coverings, wigs, prosthetics and other necessities associated with cancer treatment.

Shannehan Family

Siblings Timothy, Luke and Quinlyn recently donated $1000 worth of new books to the NICU in memory of their brother, William Shannehan who was a patient 16 years ago.

The Lovemark Foundation

The Lovemark Foundation recently presented the Brain Tumor program at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven with a $100,000 donation. The Lovemark Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by PGA Tour professional Jamie Lovemark and his wife, Tiva, with the purpose of financially and emotionally supporting brain cancer patients and their families.

Seymour Pink

Seymour Pink, a breast cancer support group based in Seymour, CT, came to Smilow to present their donation for the new Scalp Cooling Program. Sitting (l to r) members of the Seymour Pink Board: Chris Vartko, Mary Deming, Lynne Mydlow; Standing (l to r) Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven staff members: Bonnie Indeck, LCSW, Maureen Major-Campos, RN, MS, Brigid Killilea, MD, MPH, FACS, Camille Servodidio RN, MPH, OCN, CBCN, CCRP, NE-BC

Street Hockey Tournament

Julia Consorte and Alex Lynch, organizers of their annual Women’s and Men’s Street Hockey Tournaments, stopped by Smilow to drop off proceeds from the July 2017 tournaments. The tournaments are held at Bennett Rink in West Haven, and proceeds have been directed to Smilow Cancer Hospital since 2014.

Autumn Court

Tom Allard (3rd from right) and Monica Oris (2nd from left) of the group Autumn Court & Friends from Cheshire, CT, present a check to Charles Jiang, MD, Linda Penn, Ather Ali, MD and Denise Carr, RN. Autumn Court & Friends is directing their support this year to the yoga program in Integrative Medicine Services, needs in the Pediatric Oncology clinic and to assist the Oncology Social Work team.

Big Y Foods, Inc.

Big Y Foods, Inc. recently presented a check for over $20,000 to support the Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital. Funding was provided by the sale of $1 tickets at registers during the 10th Annual Partners of Hope Campaign at Big Y stores in CT and MA during the month of October. The annual campaign promotes breast cancer screening, education and treatment. Pictured are Joseph Ciarci, Assistant Store Director, Big Y Foods, Inc. in Branford and Maureen Major Campos, Clinical Program Director, Smilow Ambulatory Clinics.

Spirit of Children

Dawn Martin from The Spirit of Children visited YNHCH today to present the Child Life Department with a check in the amount of $39,472. The funds will assist Child Life in their work of supporting children treated at YNHCH and their siblings. Ellen Good, Janice Baker and Christine Mace from Child Life accepted the check. 




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