Connecticut Children’s Gala

November 14, 2020
Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT

2019 Program Book

The 2019 Connecticut Children’s Gala raised $1,493,085 (and counting!) for the hospital! What an outpouring of generosity at our Greatest Showman-themed event. The Connecticut Convention Center was transformed into a Big Top where 1,100 guests gathered to enjoy the spectacle, soiree and circus in support of Connecticut Children’s.

Thank you to our attendees, donors, sponsors and Honorary and Planning Committee members for their support in making 2019 a record-breaking year all around.

Presenting Sponsor – SouthOcean Capital Partners
Entertainment Sponsors – Gengras Motors, Integrated Anesthesia Associates
Platinum Sponsors – Connecticut Business Systems, LAZ Parking, LEGO, Morris Group, Inc., Paramount Machine Company Inc. and Stanley Black & Decker

Make a gift to Bid for Kids in support of Nursing!

“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”
– P.T. Barnum


Fairfield County Children’s Choir

The Fairfield County Children’s Choir, a community-based choral program made up of more than 300 children who have performed at venues across the country and around the world, including Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden.

Valentine the Clown

Valentine the Clown, a familiar face at Connecticut Children’s, where she and her rubber chickens have shared smiles throughout the hospital for more than 20 years.

Kevin O’Keefe

Kevin O’Keefe, who has traveled the world since 1985 to teach and study circus, theater and yoga and is the founder of the American Youth Circus Organization.

Nimble arts Circus

Nimble Arts Circus

Juggling, aerialists and acrobatics transform the world into a playground where you can wonder, dream and be dazzled! Join this award winning company for an evening of circus spectacle.

Nimble Arts was founded by identical twin aerialists Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion to create inventive works of theatrical CIRCUS. Their performance resume includes Cirque du Soleil, Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey, the Pickle Family Circus and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.



Rounding out the evening will be Flipside, a Best-of-Boston, seven-piece band that delivers a high-energy party. As they rock, swing and lay down the funk, not a single guest will be able to stay off of the dance floor. With 5 lead singers, Flipside offers a wider range of music than most bands and all performed with real heart and soul. Flipside has performed at events for high profile clients, including Boston Celtics All-Star Ray Allen, Jack & Suzy Welch (CEO of General Electric and noted author) and Elizabeth (The View/Survivor/Fox News) & Tim  Hasselbeck (NFL quarterback). They were also the band of choice for fundraisers such as Boston Magazine’s “Best of Boston” party, Joslin Diabetes fundraisers, Hartford Hospital Group Back & Red Balls, the Beacon Hill Civic Association Gala, Harvard University’s Fly Club party, American Heart Association’s “Heartball” with President Bill Clinton, the launch party for Boston Common Magazine, Boston Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Gala and Governor Deval Patrick’s 50th Birthday celebration (featuring cellist Yo Yo Ma) as well as both of his inaugural balls.