Jun 21, 2013 -
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 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 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, shared his powerful experience and 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! The prize winner was Lynne Kelleher of Glastonbury. “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. Their performance was accompanied by a gourmet dinner and 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 two critical navigation programs associated with the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute: Nurse Navigation and Survivorship Navigation. These two services provide non-reimbursable care that support patients and families before, during and after medical treatments. Both programs are vital to the overall healing of cancer patients and help guide them through their journey.
The Presenting Sponsor of this year’s Healium Ball, Community CancerCare, contributed $50,000, and we are extremely grateful for their support. We would also like to recognize the following sponsors who made contributions of $10,000 to this 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. Flower arrangements were generously donated by ShopRite of Manchester and wines were donated by Chris and Carolyn Didden of 2Fly Wines.
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!
For more information on sponsoring a fundraising event to benefit an ECHN program or facility, please contact Nina Kruse at the ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation at 860.647.4767.
2013 Healium Ball Committee: (from L to R) Kye Cohen, Marilyn Peracchio, Kathy O’Neill, Nina Kruse, Josephine Krikorian, Mary Powers, Ann Murphy, Jodi Huyler, Susan Berté, Kris Popovitch, Rebecca Janenda, Valerie DeQuattro, Deb Parker, Julia Hanna, Donna Karl. Seated: Meg Scranton Wilson & Kris Wolff.
Emcee Alison Morris of FoxCT News; Renee DiNino of Clear Channel Radio; and Cyndi Simms.
Grateful patient David Waite