Community Fundraising Events

Bunnies for Hunnies

In gratitude for the care they received when their babies were born, the Vass family collects stuffed rabbits, as part of their “Bunnies for Hunnies” project, to share with other families at area hospitals and community organizations. The stop at The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s NICU was especially emotional, as it was here that Julianna and Elaina were delivered six weeks early, spending two weeks in the NICU. Suzy and her family will always remember the little stuffed lambs that were given to the girls during their stay.

Chris Kelly Open for Cancer Research

The Chris Kelly Open tournament is held each year in memory of Chris and his mother, Lorraine, and their courageous battles with cancer. All proceeds go to the cancer research funds of the UCONN Medical Center and The Hospital of Central Connecticut.

CT Breast Health Initiative Race in the Park

Dedicated and staying fit together, a community of colleagues from The Hospital of Central Connecticut and MidState Medical Center participate in the annual CT Breast Health Initiative Race in the Park at Walnut Hill Park in New Britain. Team members raised thousands for the CT Breast Health Initiative, which supports breast cancer research across the state of Connecticut. To register or to learn more, visit

MU Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma

For the past several years, the ladies of the MU Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma generously donates beautifully wrapped books to The Hospital of Central Connecticut Family BirthPlace for their Books for Babies project. Delta Kappa Gamma is an International honorary organization of women educators who are dedicated to improving literacy. The goal of the Books for Babies project is to provide parents and their children a positive start to future years of reading together; as daily reading from birth correlates to success in school.

Petit Family Foundation and Michaela’s Garden Project

In 2015, the Petit Family Foundation pledged a gift to the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Since that time, Dr. William Petit, Jr, members of the Petit Family Foundation and employees at The Hospital of Central Connecticut team up to plant clusters of Four O’Clock flowers in honor of Michaela, Dr. Petit’s daughter. Once weather permits, Michaela’s favorite flowers are planted annually in the Healing Garden at the Cancer Institute for patients to enjoy.

In conjunction with Michaela’s Garden Project, the Foundation raises funds to help promote youth participation in community services, the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those af¬fected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.

Running with Scissors 5K Walk/Run Race

The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Women’s Heart Wellness Center receives annual donations from the 5k Run/Walk, “Running with Scissors” hosted by Run for Karen. Proceeds help support The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Women’s Heart Wellness Center to raise awareness about the risks of heart disease in women. To learn more, visit

Sorelle d’Italia in America

The Sorelle d’Italia in America organization has donated several thousand dollars to the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut since 2010 when they began holding their fundraising gala in memory of Anna Lopreiato, one of their founders.

You Can Love Life

You Can Love Life, a local non-profit organization from Berlin Connecticut, made a generous donation of gift cards to the Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute at The Hospital of Central Connecticut. The gift cards will be given, as an unexpected gesture and gift, to cancer patients undergoing treatment. Spreading kindness and joy, You Can Love Life hopes to encourage patients to take some time out for themselves and enjoy the little things in life; watch a movie, go out to dinner, or go shopping for something just for them.

Together, We Can Make a Difference!

Development Office

Philanthropy Department Contacts

David A. Hall

Regional Director of Philanthropy & Volunteer Services

Tina M. Fabiani

Manager of Philanthropy

Jennifer Milardo

Development Coordinator