The 2014 Healium Ball, held on Saturday, June 7, at the Connecticut
Convention Center in Hartford, raised more than $315,000 to benefit the DeQuattro Cancer Center Fund, the Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund and the DeQuattro Cancer Research Navigation Fund at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center in Manchester. Over the past five years, over $1.5 million has been raised through this event to benefit these Funds.
The Healium Ball is a celebration by the community of the advanced services offered at the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute, housed at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center. The black-tie event began with an elegant cocktail reception in an area decorated with lime green and silver floral arrangements. The ballroom was stylishly adorned with black and white tied draperies and glittering chandeliers. The 450 guests were entertained by impersonators of the “Rat Pack”, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Rivers and Lucy & Ricky. Nina Kruse, Vice President of Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, and ECHN President & CEO Peter Karl welcomed the guests. A gourmet dinner was followed by dancing to the music provided by the returning favorite of Ball patrons – Timmy Maia and his band.
The proceeds from the Ball will be used to support three critical navigation programs associated with the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute. These services provide non-reimbursable care that support patients and families before, during and after medical treatments. The programs are vital to the overall healing of cancer patients and help guide them through their journey.
“This year’s Healium Ball will continue to support the great work the Nurse Navigator and Survivorship programs provide, as well as help launch a Cancer Research Navigator Program. Along with our community physicians, ECHN will be able to increase the type and number of clinical trials offered to our community. Today’s trials become tomorrow’s answers in the quest to find a cure,” said Claudio Capone, Administrative Director of the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute.
Flower arrangements were generously donated by ShopRite of Manchester and wines were donated by Chris and Carolyn Didden.
The support of all of the contributors to this event - individuals, families and organizations - is valued and critical to keeping our navigation programs flourishing at the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute. Once again, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one for their kind support of this event this year!
The sponsors for the 2014 event:
Silver & Gold sponsor:
Rockville Bank Foundation
Ambulance Service of Manchester; Eastern Connecticut Pathology Consultants, PC; Mrs. Josephine Krikorian; Manchester Road Race; Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital; and Twin Networks.
Neighbors & Friends:
Connecticut Business Systems; Mrs. Valerie F. DeQuattro; EmCare; John Finguerra, Laurence P. Rubinow & Evergreen Walk; Griffin York & Krause; Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC; Medical Oncology & Blood Disorders, LLP; Murtha Cullina; SBM Charitable Foundation; ShopRite; Voya Financial; Wiggin and Dana; and Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT, Inc.
Aetna; Allied Printing Services, Inc.; BNY Mellon; CT Hospital Association; Durant, Nichols, Houston, Hodgson & Cortese-Costa, PC; Garfunkel Wild, PC; Healthwise Family Care Network; O'Brien, Tanski & Young; PMA Companies; ProHealth Physicians; Rockville General Hospital Auxiliary; Ropes & Gray; Tolland Imaging Center; University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; Yale-New Haven Hospital