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.

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. 

WOWnow T-Shirt Donation

Doug and Barbara Herr, along with partner Skip Zuse (not pictured) from WOWnow in Madison, CT, made a donation of inspirational t-shirts for oncology patients from their BOneInaMillion line. The t-shirts depict a blue lobster, which is rare, beautiful and “one in a million.”

Pampered in Pink

Stephanie Cabral from Progressions Salon in Woodbridge, along with her husband Mario, stopped by Smilow Cancer Hospital to meet with Maureen Major-Campos, Clinical Program Director, and deliver the proceeds from their very successful Pampered in Pink fundraiser. The proceeds will be directed to breast cancer research.

Fight with Frank 

The Camputaro family from Milford (l to r Drew, Liseanne and Jenna) met with Jessica Stein and Bonnie Indeck, Manager, Oncology Social Work, to present a check for $12,000 for Head and Neck patients needing additional assistance. The funds were raised through events for the Fight with Frank Foundation, Inc., and in memory of Frank Camputaro.

Lavender Pond Farm

Denise Salafia, owner of Lavender Pond Farm, Killingworth, CT, made a generous donation to Smilow Cancer Hospital through sales of the book Mrs. Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. Denise also gave several dozen beautifully scented small sachets, handmade with the farm’s lavender, for distribution to Smilow patients.

Benefit in honor of Lance "Benny" Flott

Sound Runner and Penny Lane Pub in Old Saybrook, CT worked together one November day and night to raise funds for thoracic oncology research and patient care. Proceeds from the day’s sales at Sound Runner along with proceeds from dinner service at Penny Lane Pub allowed the establishments to give generously in honor of their friend and colleague, Lance “Benny” Flott. Pictured ( l to r) Chris Rosenberg, Manager, Sound Runner; Alex Foulkes, Owner, Penny Lane Pub; Preston Ranton, Regional Manager, Sound Runner; Lance “Benny” Flott, inspiration.

West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program

Mayor Edward O’Brien of the City of West Haven, with Beth Sabo and Jennifer Cavallaro of the West Haven Breast Cancer Awareness Program, present a check to Eileen Hansen, Administrative Manager for Women’s Oncology Services at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven. The Program continues to support vital patient amenities in the breast center as well as mastectomy bra support for financially challenged patients.

2016 Beach Jam for Breast Cancer

The Westbrook Elks Lodge #1784 recently hosted a check presentation for Smilow Cancer Hospital breast patients from proceeds from the 2016 Beach Jam for Breast Cancer. Jim Pino from the band Freeplay, Rick Sheldon, Exalted Ruler of the Westbrook Elks, and Carolyn Vallee (far right), Chair of the event, present the check to Maureen Major-Campos, Clinical Program Director for Smilow Ambulatory Operations.

Marottoli Family Supports Thoracic Oncology Translational Research

Members of the Marottoli family, (from left) Kristen, Lindsay and Sal, met with Dr. Scott Gettinger in October to present a check for thoracic oncology translational research. The family honors the memory of Melissa, Lindsay’s identical twin sister, with an annual Gala for a Cure and continued support for Dr. Gettinger and his team.

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.




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