ECHN’S Second Annual Healium Ball

Jun 16, 2011 -  MANCHESTER, CT. – The ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation held its second annual Healium Ball on May 7 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The signature black tie event raised $225,000 to benefit cancer programs at Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute. The evening included an elegant cocktail reception, hors d’oeuvres, followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing. Bock & Blu provided the live music. The walls were lit with projections of a fairytale forest, while tables were decorated in a castle theme with towers of orchids and roses cascading throughout the room.

A Tribute to Cancer Survivorship video, featuring Meg Berté Owen and the Berté family brought a positive and inspiring message about Survivorship to the 250 attendees, which inspired a standing ovation. Meg Berté Owen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma when she was only 23 years old. The two-year treatment program was ultimately successful but had many long-term side effects: eventually she was left with a lung capacity of only 35 percent. Despite her severely reduced breathing capacity, she survived and thrived for 12 years. On October 15, 2009, her lungs could no longer continue the fight. The side effects of her treatment caused her finally to succumb to a lung infection.

The Healium Ball is a celebration by the community of the advanced, comprehensive services offered at the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute (ECCI), housed at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center in Manchester. This year’s proceeds will benefit two critical support programs at ECCI: the Nurse Navigation Program, which will be funded by the DeQuattro Cancer Center Fund, and the Survivorship Navigation Program, funded by the Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund.

These two services provide non-reimbursable care that supports patients and families before, during and after medical treatments. Both programs are vital to the overall healing of each cancer patient and help guide them through their journey. Many times, cancer causes additional complexities such as nutritional, emotional/psychosocial and financial issues. Navigators partner with the patient and family to identify options that involve counseling and education, transportation arrangements and complementary and integrative medicine.

This event was made possible through the generosity of many sponsors – Presenting Sponsor: Community CancerCare; Silver Sponsors: Medical Oncology & Blood Disorders, LLP, and Ambulance Service of Manchester; Neighbors & Friends Sponsors: Connecticut Business Systems, Griffin, York & Krause, Hartford Radiation Oncology Associates, Murtha Cullina, ShopRite of Manchester, Mrs. Valerie F. DeQuattro, Mrs. Josephine Krikorian, MEI Healthcare Group, Robinson & Cole, and Visiting Nurse and Health Services of Connecticut.

Special thanks are extended to ShopRite of Manchester for the generous donation of stunning floral arrangements for the tables and to Chris and Carolyn Didden for their generous donation of 2Fly wines.

ECHN holds many annual events throughout the year and partners with corporations for maximum marketing opportunities. For information on how to be a part of future ECHN Community Healthcare Foundation events, please call Richard Silvia, Development Officer at 860-872-5305.


L to R: John DeQuattro, Kristen DeQuattro, Jad DeQuattro, Josephine Krikorian, Dory Allmendinger, and Scott Allmendinger.

2011 Healium Ball Committee – (seated) Kye Cohen, Kathleen O’Neill, Donna Karl, Josephine Krikorian, Susan Berté, Deborah Parker, Kate Sims, and Lee Tremback; (standing) Alice Rodner, Nancy Lahman, Anna Murphy, Rebecca Janenda, Valerie DeQuattro, and Nina Kruse.


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