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Our Mission

At Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Foundation, our mission is to support the Medical Center. 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 Annual Giving Fund, which touches every corner of the Medical Center.

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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Jamie's Run 5K and Kids K Nov 4

Standish Park
Old Wethersfield, CT
November 4, 2018

Jamie's Run 5K and Kids K
Connecticut Children's Medical Center Gala Nov 10

Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT
November 10, 2018

Connecticut Children's Medical Center Gala

Upcoming Events

Extra Life – Play Games. Heal Kids. @ Anywhere you want!
Nov 3 all-day

Extra Life is a year-round fundraising initiative that culminates in a 24-hour gaming challenge, where participants can play from the comfort of their own homes while supporting their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Last year, Extra Life raised more than $127,000 for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

The concept of Extra Life is that people pledge their support to the gamers to play any games they wish for an allotted amount of time. Participants are encouraged to participate in a 24-hour National Game Day, which will be on November 4 this year, but they are able to do this any day of the year for any amount of time they’d like. Fundraising begins on January 1, 2018 and ends on December 31, 2018.

To get involved or request more information on this year’s Extra Life activities for Connecticut Children’s please contact, Marissa Troiano.

Check out who is gaming!

Extra Life unites thousands of gamers around the world to play games in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised more than $30 million for sick and injured kids. Sign up today and dedicate a day of play for kids in your community!
Extra Life Community Details

Jamie’s Run 5K and Kids K @ Standish Park - Old Wethersfield
Nov 4 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Experience the THRILL with more than 1,000 Runners!

Join more than 1,000 runners, walkers and fun runners in the largest 5K road race event in support of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center! This inspirational morning features music, inflatables, refreshments, kids’ activities, mascots and more.

The 5K certified course is fast and flat – a great Manchester Road Race qualifier – and circles the historic Wethersfield Town Green. Prizes for the top three male/female finishers in each age category.

The JK Kids K is one of the largest fun runs in the area! chip timing is provided with amazing LEGO prizes for the four youth age groups!

The Charity Walk allows all ages and paces to join in the fun and walk for the cause.

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Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Gala @ Connecticut Convention Center
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Think happy thoughts and fly away with us to…

2018 Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Gala

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Connecticut Children's Medical Center Gala 2018You only need to step inside Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to understand what a truly extraordinary place it is. It’s a place where kids can be kids and healing begins. At Connecticut Children’s, world-class physicians and staff deliver world-class care, conduct life-saving research and make the impossible possible each and every day.

On Saturday, November 10, Connecticut Children’s will host a Peter Pan-inspired Gala at the Connecticut Convention Center. With your support, and a little a belief, trust & pixie dust, we are striving to raise $1.2 million to ensure that a healthy childhood is possible for tens of thousands of children in our state and beyond.

The Gala pre-event cocktail reception will include a London cityscape, complete with Big Ben, unique silent auction items, living trees and street performers. The ballroom will be transformed into Neverland where you can experience all the magic and wonder of childhood. The evening will conclude with dancing to live music.

Best of all, you don’t need pixie dust to join us —you can simply become a sponsor, reserve a table, buy tickets, donate an item for the auction, or become an Honorary Committee member. For more information please contact Bree Pelczar at

Our Honorary Committee Co-Chairs

Olga Toro-Salazar*, MD, & Juan Carlos Salazar*, MD
Nancy and Jeffrey Hoffman

Our Honorary Committee

Debra Hendler and Jeffrey Hyams, MD*

Debbie and James Shmerling, DHA, FACHE*

Thank you to our sponsors

Tinker Bell Sponsor

Connecticut Business Systems

Lost Boys Sponsor

Hooker & Holcombe, Inc.

Our Planning Committee Co-Chairs

Amy Dillon
Ashley Gengras

Our Planning Committee

Lisa Barall-Matt
Stephanie Black
Kristina Bontempo
Alex Bowen
Dezire Burke
Julie Carter
Amy Crafa
Maureen Fitzgerald
Za Flores
Susan Hight
Karen Hinds
Missy Iler
Emma Kinahan

Shannon Klenk
Susan Lane
Judie Levy
Sally MacGilpin
Amy Morris
Tracy Parks
Anne Martha Pitegoff
Vanessa Rios
Lisa Schwartz
Debbie Shmerling
Gayle Temkin
Mary Jo Toczydlowski

PJ Day for the Kids
Dec 14 @ 12:00 am – 12:00 am

Calling all Schools and Businesses!

Give $1 – Wear your PJs – Support Kids with Cancer

PJ Day for the Kids kicks off its 8th annual event with a mission to not only raise money, but to honor the brave kids fighting cancer and serious illnesses at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Join us as students and businesses across Connecticut wear their PJs for the kids. Coordinate a PJ Day for your school or business now by clicking here.

Since 2011, thousands of children in Connecticut have worn their PJs to school in support of kids at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Each year, PJ Day has inspired more and more schools and businesses across the state of Connecticut to participate. Won’t you join them?

PJ Day’s new online registration system is now available!
Visit the PJ Day for the Kids website

‘Like’ PJ Day for the Kids on Facebook!

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Who You ARE Supporting

My second pregnancy was a smooth, healthy one with no red flags on any of my routine ultrasounds. Rylan was born in Waterbury on Monday, October 6, 2015 weighing 9lbs 1oz. There were no red flags at the time of Rylan’s birth. It was not until 24 hours later, when he was ready to be discharged, that everything changed. Rylan went for two routine tests. A hearing test and a fairly new test for newborns- the pulse ox test (non-invasive test measures blood oxygen in the body).

This is the test he failed….

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