EVENTS

Θ SPECIAL NOTICE Θ

We are proactively reviewing all events organized by the Connecticut Children’s Foundation scheduled through the end of 2020. As we determine the future of each event, we will communicate plans to our guests and sponsors. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please check back here for the most up-to-date notices for Foundation events, including events hosted by third-parties. Questions? Please contact events@connecticutchildrens.org.

POSTPONED EVENTS

• 4/18 Avon UNICO Spring Dance Date TBD
• 4/19 Cross-Eyed Cat Concert Date TBD
• 4/25 American Legion Kids Walk Date TBD
• 5/16 Reid’s Run 5K Rescheduled to Oct. 18
• 5/16 Aces for Kids Golf Outing Rescheduled to Sept. 12
• 5/17 Run 4 Robin Cancelled
• 5/18 Horatio’s 2nd Annual Charity Golf Event Date TBD
• 5/28 Birdies & Horsepower Cancelled
• 6/8 Manchester UNICO Golf Tournament Cancelled
• 6/11 Allied Printing Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament Rescheduled to Oct. 1
• 6/17 Abitz-Angel Memorial Golf Tournament Cancelled
• 6/20 Concorso Ferrari & Friends Rescheduled to Sept. 26
• 6/22 Geno Auriemma’s Fore the Kids Charity Golf and Dinner Rescheduled to Aug. 3
• 6/25 Jacob Osit Memorial Golf Fore The Kids Rescheduled to Sept. 3
• 6/28 The Hartford Personal Lines Golf Tournament Rescheduled to Aug. 28
• 8/3 The 5th Annual Robby Brisco Open Cancelled


There are many events held throughout the year in support of Connecticut Children’s. Whether you are looking for a family friendly event or an adult’s night out, it’s a great way to show your support to local businesses & organizations that support the programs and services we provide. Find an event and mark your calendar!


Dec
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State Police “Stuff a Cruiser” Toy Drive @ Participating Walmart stores in East Windsor, Manchester, Newington and Rocky Hill
Dec 13 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Schedule your holiday shopping and throw a few extra toys in the cart for the kids at Connecticut Children’s!

For 23 years, troopers from Troop H of the Connecticut State Police have been as busy as Santa’s elves carrying out their December Toy Drive.

With assistance from Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) and Aetna Ambulance, the troopers have collected more than half a million toys and more than $220,000 in donations to benefit children who find themselves in the Emergency Department at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center during the holidays and throughout the year.

Children who have to visit Connecticut Children’s can be overwhelmed with the unknown. Toys collected by the State Police provide a welcome distraction to children and help encourage communication between a care provider and patient. Making a donation today helps provide smiles all year long. Sometimes a toy can be the one thing a child remembers about their visit – a memory you can create.


Three Ways YOU Can Support the Toy Drive

Purchase a Toy from our Online Registry

Online Registry

Text to Give

TEXT toydrive2019 to 52182

Dec
14
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State Police “Stuff a Cruiser” Toy Drive @ Participating Walmart stores in East Windsor, Manchester, Newington and Rocky Hill.
Dec 14 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Schedule your holiday shopping and throw a few extra toys in the cart for the kids at Connecticut Children’s!

For 23 years, troopers from Troop H of the Connecticut State Police have been as busy as Santa’s elves carrying out their December Toy Drive.

With assistance from Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) and Aetna Ambulance, the troopers have collected more than half a million toys and more than $220,000 in donations to benefit children who find themselves in the Emergency Department at Connecticut Children’s during the holidays and throughout the year.

Children who have to visit Connecticut Children’s can be overwhelmed with the unknown. Toys collected by the State Police provide a welcome distraction to children and help encourage communication between a care provider and patient. Making a donation today helps provide smiles all year long. Sometimes a toy can be the one thing a child remembers about their visit – a memory you can create.


Three Ways YOU Can Support the Toy Drive

Donate Online

Make a Gift

Purchase a Toy from our Online Registry

Online Registry

Dec
15
Sun
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State Police “Stuff a Cruiser” Toy Drive @ Participating Walmart stores in East Windsor, Manchester, Newington and Rocky Hill.
Dec 15 @ 9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Schedule your holiday shopping and throw a few extra toys in the cart for the kids at Connecticut Children’s!

For 23 years, troopers from Troop H of the Connecticut State Police have been as busy as Santa’s elves carrying out their December Toy Drive.

With assistance from Ambulance Service of Manchester (ASM) and Aetna Ambulance, the troopers have collected more than half a million toys and more than $220,000 in donations to benefit children who find themselves in the Emergency Department at Connecticut Children’s during the holidays and throughout the year.

Children who have to visit Connecticut Children’s can be overwhelmed with the unknown. Toys collected by the State Police provide a welcome distraction to children and help encourage communication between a care provider and patient. Making a donation today helps provide smiles all year long. Sometimes a toy can be the one thing a child remembers about their visit – a memory you can create.


Three Ways YOU Can Support the Toy Drive

Donate Online

Make a Gift

Purchase a Toy from our Online Registry

Online Registry

Jan
11
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Cycle Out Cancer @ CycleBar - The Shoppes at Farmington Valley
Jan 11 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Who are you cycling for?

REGISTER TODAY!

Beat back winter and head over to CycleBar at The Shoppes at Farmington Valley to “Cycle Out Cancer” for an epic, one-of-a-kind spinning event on January 11, 2020 from 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Register for a one-hour class or for multiple hours by clicking on the “tickets” button on the eventbrite registration website. There will be t-shirts, food, awards and prizes.

You and your friends can beat the January chill, spinning indoors at your own pace. Burn up and down the virtual hills or cruise the open road. Either way, you will be “Cycling Out Cancer” for kids in our region receiving treatment at Connecticut Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.


CYCLEBAR of Canton is a premium indoor cycling facility opened by Kevin and Liz Anderson in September 2018. Kevin is a retired colonel with the United States Marine Corps and retired Connecticut State Trooper. They are excited to bring a new cycling experience to the Farmington Valley and look forward to giving back to the community.

Feb
22
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HuskyTHON @ Hugh S. Greer Field House - UConn
Feb 22 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm

Brighten Tomorrow

HuskyTHON is a year-long fund-raising effort coordinated by students at the University of Connecticut, which culminates in an eighteen-hour dance marathon celebration in February. HuskyTHON is a year-long philanthropic effort at the University of Connecticut to raise funds and awareness for Connecticut Children’s, a Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. This effort culminates in an 18-hour dance marathon in February, where thousands of UConn students come together to dance for those who can’t. HuskyTHON is entirely student-run and their Management Team of 28 undergraduate student leaders work tirelessly to make each HuskyTHON better than the last.

From humble beginnings, HuskyTHON has grown to become the largest event in support of Connecticut Children’s. In 2019 they raised an astounding $1,328,402.19, and while UConn students are proud of this accomplishment, they are not stopping there. Their motto is “FTK” (For The Kids), and while their efforts are always evolving, their core purpose remains the same:

“Together with Connecticut Children’s, we believe in giving children the care they deserve.”

The amount raised in 2019 represents a 30% increase over HuskyTHON 2018.

HuskyTHON is one of the top 10 dance marathons in the country and is the largest Children’s Miracle Network Dance Marathon in the Northeast. In the last 20 years, HuskyTHON has raised over $6.2 million for Connecticut Children’s, making it the largest fundraiser for the hospital. For more information about HuskyTHON, please visit www.huskython.org

Connecticut Children’s is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and ranked one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report and Women’s Choice. They are one of 170 children’s hospitals across the US and Canada that comprise Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. At these hospitals, 62 children are treated by highly trained professionals every minute – that’s one child every second. From cancer to a traumatic injury or a genetic disease, Connecticut Children’s always has their doors open.

Feb
25
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IHOP National Pancake Day @ IHOP Restaurants
Feb 25 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Flip It Forward for Kids

Eight IHOP® Restaurants in Connecticut will join hundreds across the nation in celebrating its 15th annual IHOP National Pancake Day event on Tuesday, February 25, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participating IHOP Restaurants will serve up a free short stack of its world-famous buttermilk pancakes for patrons while collecting donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, of which Connecticut Children’s is part.


Visit Your Local IHOP

Local IHOP Restaurants participating in National Pancake Day this year include those in Bloomfield, Hamden, Manchester, Newington, Orange, Southington, Wallingford and Waterbury. In 2019, local IHOP Restaurants raised more than $27,000 through its National Pancake Day event and Balloon Campaign. This year, staff and volunteers from Connecticut Children’s will be on hand to greet guests.

This year, IHOP expects to serve a record-breaking 5 million pancakes in a single day to support its charity partners.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a network of 170 healthcare providers dedicated to treating children facing life-threatening illnesses.


Mar
8
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Pints for the PICU @ New Park Brewing
Mar 8 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us and help raise money for other cardiac patients of Connecticut Children’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Enjoy good food, live music, and the best beer in Connecticut all for a great cause. The money raised will support research, patient care, and will help ensure that the book, In My Heart, is given to each family, signed with messages of love and encouragement from the PICU doctors and nurses who are there every step of the way for patients and families.

Get Tickets   Support the PICU Heart Book Fund

The Story Behind Pints for the PICU

Our daughter, Emersyn, had open heart surgery five days after she was born.

That meant we would be in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Connecticut Children’s for an unknown amount of time.

During our stay we brought a book with us, In My Heart, in the hopes that everyone who helped Emersyn on her journey would sign it and maybe leave a little message. To our surprise every doctor, nurse, and surgeon loved the idea and each took the time to write her a personal note. Some long, some short, but each one from their hearts. Those beautiful words that helped get us through Emersyn’s surgery, will one day help us explain to her what she went through and, most importantly, who her angels were.

Exactly one year to the day of her surgery we received a letter from Agnes and Kayla, two of Emersyn’s nurses from the PICU. They loved the idea of the book so much, they managed to pull some funding together and had just given their first round of In My Heart books to their current cardiac patients. And all the doctors, nurses, and surgeons signed each one.

Jason Cheshire, a grateful father

Apr
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QTHON Virtual Dance Marathon @ Quinnipiac University
Apr 9 all-day

QTHON is a year-long fundraising enterprise led by Quinnipiac University students, which culminates in a 10-hour dance marathon to raise funds and awareness in support of Connecticut Children’s. However, due to the current crisis these students are bringing their event virtual this year!


Follow our Virtual Dance Marathon on Instagram!

In 2019, over 1,700 dancers raised more than $332,000. This brings the students’ eight-year cumulative giving total to more than $1 million. QTHON strives to bring together the student body and the local community to raise funds in support of valuable care that patients and their families receive at Connecticut Children’s.

In addition to the Quinnipiac students, patient families from Connecticut Children’s will attend the event and will dance the night away. They are matched with student groups and are able to dance, play games, participate in arts and crafts, and much more.

For more information about QTHON, please visit QTHON’s About Us page.

Donate

Apr
19
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[POSTPONED] Crosseyed Cat Benefit Concert @ Waterbury Elks Lodge
Apr 19 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Crosseyed Cats Rock Out for the Kids!

The Waterbury Elks Lodge will be full of Rock N’ Blues as Crosseyed Cat takes over the stage. Join Crosseyed Cat and Redline and two guest bands, New England’s Head Over Heals and Red Zone, as they rock Sunday away for the kids. Tickets include admission as well as a buffet lunch/dinner. Cash bar will be available.

Inspired by the great urology care his daughter received as an infant, Tommy Sanchez decided he could make a difference for other children doing what he loves. Started back in 2011 by Sweet Eddie Sanchez, Tommy Sanchez and Joe Gabriel, this spectacular concert has raised more than $100,000 to date, with $17,500 raised in 2019 alone. And these guys aren’t messing around – they have their sights set on raising $20,000 in 2020.

Come out and show your support for Connecticut Children’s Urology Department. Tickets are available at the door.

Donate

Apr
25
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[POSTPONED] American Legion Kids Walk
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
[POSTPONED] American Legion Kids Walk

Join us in a morning walk for the kids at one of our six picturesque locations. Bring a suggested donation of $25 or your collected pledges and receive a t-shirt! Enjoy beautiful scenery, family atmosphere and refreshments.

The Department of Connecticut American Legion is a strong advocate for children and youth. This steadfast dedication continues to be a driving force on behalf of children across the country. For over 27 years, the American Legion Family has conducted Kids Walks to benefit children in need. Join the American Legion family in support of children cared for at Connecticut Children’s.

Locations:

  • Rockwell Park
    Jacob Street and Dutton Avenue

    Bristol, CT

  • Post 76 Town Hall
    19 Church Street

    North Haven, CT

  • Great Hollow Lake
    454 Purdy Hill Road

    Monroe, CT

  • Grace Episcopal Church
    336 Main Street

    Old Saybrook, CT

  • River Trail
    Kennedy Drive
    Putnam, CT
  • Town of Lebanon
    579 Exeter Road
    Lebanon, CT 06475

For Connecticut Children’s to provide world-class care of our children, we need your help. Your participation and support will enable us to invest in the necessary people, resources and technology that define the exceptional care our children depend on and deserve.

We are excited to see you there!