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Hospital Honors New Britain Man for Supporting Children’s Programs

New Britain [February 12 2009] - The Hospital of Central Connecticut recently honored New Britain resident Don Lukowski, who in the past 10 years has raised over $113,000 for pediatric patients through the annual Children’s Charities Tennis Classic tournament.

David Obedzinski, the hospital’s chief development officer, presented Lukowski with a plaque Jan. 26 thanking him for running the tournament and supporting the hospital’s youngest patients.

Over the years, tournament proceeds have helped fund the Pedi-Play and Read program, which gives age-appropriate toys, games and books to young hospitalized patients; and Reach Out and Read and Books for Babies, which give beginning reading books to young patients and their parents who otherwise could not afford them.

Funds have also been used to purchase special ceiling tiles for the hospital’s pediatric outpatient clinic with cheery scenes designed to comfort children receiving medical treatment.

“It’s wonderful to see how our tournaments funds are being used and what the rooms look like in the pediatric clinic and in the pediatric unit,” Lukowski said.

Lukowski has run the Children’s Charities Tennis Classic at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain since 1988. The tournament annually draws nearly 100 adults and young people.

In accepting the plaque, Lukowski recalled visiting the hospital on one occasion and seeing a young patient playing with a toy purchased with tournament proceeds.

“We do this because we enjoy it; it’s a labor of love,” he said. “We appreciate what you in the hospital do. You give of yourselves every single day.”

Lukowski and Obedzinski were joined by Antoinetta Capriglione, M.D., the hospital’s chief of pediatrics, Paula Doyle, R.N., clinical manager of the pediatric inpatient unit, and other hospital staff and tournament volunteers for the plaque presentation and a tour of the pediatric areas.

Contact: Nancy Martin, 860-224-5900, ext. 4366














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