Saturday, October 19, 2013
Connecticut Convention Center
Once again, the Connecticut Children’s Friends Storybook Gala was a tremendous success. Over 700 people attended the Gala, which was held on October 19th at the Connecticut Convention Center. Guests enjoyed dining and dancing while raising over $605,000 for our children and families. Alan Zweibel, comedy writer, author and playwright, was the featured speaker and entertained the audience with stories of his time at Saturday Night Live and his work as a children’s author. The Storybook Gala celebrates the hundreds of thousands of children and families who are cared for each year at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. This year marks the 21st year of this signature fundraising event which has generated nearly $2.5 million for Connecticut Children's.
Proceeds from this signature event significantly enhance the investments of the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Friends in the Medical Center. The Friends help fulfill Connecticut Children’s mission by funding state-of-the-art equipment and innovative programs that benefit patients, family and staff. Every corner of the Medical Center is touched as the Friends support strategic priorities, provide grants to assist patients and staff and award employee scholarships.
Gifts to the event’s spotlight program, Bid4Kidz, will benefit Connecticut Children’s Premier Program in Digestive Diseases, Hepatology and Nutrition, a nationally-ranked program by U.S. News & World Report.
About Our Featured Guest
Alan Zweibel, comedy writer, author and playwright, will be our featured guest. An original Saturday Night Live writer, Zweibel has won multiple Emmy, Writers Guild of America and TV Critic awards for his work in television which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Monk and Curb Your Enthusiasm. His many theatrical contributions include the Tony Award winning play 700 Sundays, Fame Becomes Me and Bunny Bunny-Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy. Zweibel has written the 2006 Thurber Prize winning novel The Other Shulman and the popular children’s book Our Tree Named Steve.