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Our Mission

At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, our mission is to support Connecticut Children’s. By bringing together patient families, donors, community members, philanthropic partners and others to raise the financial resources needed to invest in people, research, technology and state-of-the-art equipment, we can support Connecticut Children’s in providing the care our children need and deserve.

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100,000+ Children


Each year, more than 100,000 children receive care made possible by contributions to the Greatest Need―Children's Fund.

Annual Pediatric Transports


Patients in need of critical-care were transported to Connecticut Children's from regional hospitals. Of that, more than 300 were NICU babies.

ED Visits


Patient visits to the emergency department, which equate to 163 per day. No one is turned away due to an inability to pay.

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Extra Life - Play Games. Heal Kids. Nov 2

Location of your choice
November 2, 2019

Extra Life - Play Games. Heal Kids.
LEGO Children’s Charity Golf Tournament Sep 16

TPC River Highlands
Cromwell, CT
September 16, 2019

LEGO Children’s Charity Golf Tournament

Upcoming Events

Cups For Kids
Aug 1 – Aug 31 all-day

Cumberland Farms Cups For KidsChill out this summer with a cold beverage from the Chill Zone while supporting Connecticut Children’s Medical Center! Cumberland Farms’ “Cups for Kids” campaign will donate 5 cents from every Chill Zone or HYPERFREEZE™ beverage purchased at participating Connecticut and Western Massachusetts locations during the month of August to benefit patient care at Connecticut Children’s!

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Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze @ Lyman Orchards
Aug 3 – Aug 25 all-day

Can you tell me how to get to the Sesame Street Sunflower Maze?

Come and play. Everything’s A-OK.

Come get lost in Lyman Orchard’s sunflower maze! While wandering you can learn more about the history of Big Bird, Elmo, Ernie & Bert, Oscar the Grouch, and more. The words to the Sesame Street opening jingle apply to the Sunflower Maze. Sunny Day. Sweepin’ the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet. And with more than 350,000 red and yellow sunflowers immersing guests in a 360-degree environment, it’s a wonderful experience for children and adults alike. Get lost in this 2.5-acre maze as yellow finches and beautiful butterflies fly around.

Open Daily 9:00 am – 5:00 pm from August 3 through August 25.


$1 of each admission is donated to in support of pediatric cancer patients at Connecticut Children’s. Over the past 12 years, supporters of the maze have helped Lyman Orchards contribute $107,092 to the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Connecticut Children’s.

Gabriella’s Scoop Night @ Blue Back Square
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

For the eleventh year in a row, Gabriella Giordano and her family will host an ice cream fundraiser to benefit Connecticut Children’s. Co-Hosted by Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream shop in West Hartford, Gabriella’s Annual Scoop Night will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019, from 6:00-9:00 pm outside at the stage area of Blue Back Square in West Hartford. 

Gabriella Giordano, who will turn 16 years old this summer, will be celebrating her birthday by scooping ice cream and raising funds for Connecticut Children’s. A portion of each ice cream sale will be donated to the Division of Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery which saved her life.

In 2008, Gabriella underwent successful open heart surgery to fix a congenital heart defect at Connecticut Children’s in Hartford. Gabriella’s Scoop Night is a way for the Giordano family to celebrate her birthday and give back to Connecticut Children’s. Gabriella is a resident of West Hartford and will be attending eleventh grade at Hall High School this fall. Since its creation, Gabriella’s Scoop Night has raised over $50,000 for Connecticut Children’s Division of Cardiology.

“Connecticut Children’s saved my life. I want to keep raising money to help more children like me, who may have a heart condition,” says Gabriella.

The event is open to the public, and includes live music by Fatgrip and children’s activities. Celebrity scoopers include Gabriella’s doctors and teachers, local dignitaries, WFSB Channel 3 reporters, and radio host Gina J from 96.5 TIC FM.

Unable to attend? Please consider donating in support of Gabriella!


Warbirds Over Ellington @ NCRCC Club Field
Sep 7 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Fly out to Ellington to experience radio-controlled model aircraft in action!

Come out and enjoy the day at the Warbirds Over Ellington. With over 100 model aircraft on display and flying, The Northern Connecticut Radio Controlled Club (NCRCC) wants to introduce you and your family to an exciting new hobby. Club member models represent real aircraft from World War I & II as well as current military aircraft. Wingspans vary from a few feet to over 10 feet. It’s better than XBOX in 4K!!

Bring lawn chairs and come early as our parking lot fills rapidly. Food and refreshments will be available at the field. Rain date planned for September 8, 2019.

The Northern Connecticut Radio Controlled Club (NCRCC) was established in 1962. Today the club has a membership of over 130 members of all ages. NCRCC is one of only 4 clubs in the USA that own our own property. Our field consists of 42 acres with a 600 x 100 foot grass runway and a 20 x 200 foot paved runway. The club hosts various contest events throughout the year and for 2019, Connecticut Children’s has been selected as the beneficiary of the charity portion of the event.


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Help kids like Olive

Olive is a sweetheart…and a fighter.

At less than 24 hours old, five-pound, 12-ounce Olive arrived at Connecticut Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her initial diagnoses were terrifying. Olive was at risk for respiratory failure and needed heart surgery. While cradled in her mother’s arms, the unthinkable happened.

Read Olive’s Story