2014 Event - June 7
CT Convention Center, Hartford
The 2013 Healium Ball, held on Saturday, June 8, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, raised more than $375,000 to benefit the DeQuattro Cancer Center Fund and the Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center in Manchester.
The black-tie event began with an elegant cocktail reception in an area decorated as a Parisian street with caricature artists, a singer and a living statue. On entering the ballroom, the 550 guests were greeted by a floor-to-ceiling model of the Eiffel Tower, screens with French scenes and table arrangements of flowers and ostrich feathers. Alison Morris of FoxCT News was the evening’s emcee. A grateful patient of the DeQuattro Cancer Center, David Waite, celebrated the care he received at ECHN. Renee DiNino of Clear Channel Radio assisted Kris Popovitch, Administrative Director of Cancer Services at the DeQuattro Cancer Center, with the raffle drawing for a trip for two to Paris. “Hot on Broadway” provided the entertainment again this year as they dazzled the guests with songs such as La Vie en Rose, I Love Paris and Lady Marmalade. Timmy Maia and his band provided the music for the dancing portion of the evening.
The Healium Ball, first held in 2010, is a celebration by the community of the state-of-the-art services offered at the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute, housed at the new John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center. This signature event consists of an elegant cocktail reception followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing. Proceeds from the Ball support the DeQuattro Cancer Fund and the Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund. The DeQuattro Cancer Fund benefits cancer patients by providing personal comfort and neighborly care through financial assistance, family support, education, and counseling to ensure continued quality cancer care close to home. Funds will help offset the costs associated with nurse navigators and nutritionists who are committed to working together with the physicians as a dedicated team of professionals, compassionate to the specialized needs of cancer patients. The Survivorship Fund is used to support a survivorship program with activities that reduce the late effects of cancer treatment while improving and encouraging surveillance for recurring cancers and second malignancies.
Raffle winner: Lynne Kelleher
Healium Ball Committee
The sponsors for this year's event:
Ambulance Service of Manchester; Eastern Connecticut Pathology Consultants, PC; Mrs. Josephine Krikorian; Manchester Road Race; Medical Oncology and Blood Disorders, LLP; Robinson & Cole; and Twin Networks.
Neighbors & Friends:
Buckland Hills Imaging; Connecticut Business Systems; Mrs. Valerie F. DeQuattro; Griffin York & Krause; ING Foundation; Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, PC; Murtha Cullina; Precision Computer Services; SBM Charitable Foundation; ShopRite; and Visiting Nurse & Health Services of CT, Inc.
Aetna; Allied Printing Services, Inc.; Auxiliary of Manchester Memorial Hospital; CASLE Corporation; CT Hospital Association; CohnReznick; Durant, Nichols, Houston, Hodgson & Cortese-Costa, PC; EMC Corporation; Fletcher Thompson; Garfunkel Wild, PC; Healthwise Family Care Network; Hoffman Auto; Jefferson Radiology; PMA Companies; ProHealth Physicians; Rockville Bank Foundation; Rockville General Hospital Auxiliary; Tolland Imaging Center; University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; Viscogliosi Bros., LLC; Wolff Financial Group, LLC.