Gala to Support Danbury and New Milford Hospitals Emergency Departments


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Western Connecticut Health Network Gala to Support Danbury and New Milford Hospitals Emergency Departments

2013 Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation GalaAn Exceptional Event Funds Excellent Care

Community members can have an unforgettable evening of entertainment, dining and dancing - while contributing to the future of exceptional healthcare for our region. A ticket to the Western Connecticut Health Network's annual "Gala" promises attendees a memorable night and a part in building the new, state-of-the-art emergency departments at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals.

This annual event will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at The Waterview in Monroe, Connecticut starting at 6:30 p.m.

The Gala falls during one of the most exciting periods of growth and innovation for Western Connecticut Health Network. An unnamed donor, who has already given $10 million to the Network, has challenged the WCHN Foundation to reach its $50 million fundraising goal. The donor will give another $20 million if that goal is achieved. Monies raised from the Gala will go toward the Foundation's goal.

Several major projects, funded largely by philanthropy, are in progress to meet the future healthcare needs of the region. The new patient tower and emergency department at Danbury Hospital are scheduled for completion in mid-2014. New Milford Hospital recently broke ground for its new emergency department - expected to be completed early in 2015.

Co-chairs of this year's Gala, Dee Dee Colabella of Ridgefield and Amy Dent of Sandy Hook, along with members of the Western Connecticut Health Network Gala Committee are particularly energized about this year's event, which has taken a fresh approach. Said Colabella and Dent, "This year's event boasts a 'new' name, a 'new' venue and many 'new' surprises that will only be revealed at the Gala."

This event is black tie optional and includes an enticing array of auction and grand prize items. This will also be the first time in more than a dozen years that an auction has been conducted in conjunction with the Gala. Guests at the Gala will be able to bid for auction items using hand-held bidding devices.

Supporting Emergency Care

Proceeds from the Gala will be used to support The Arnhold Family Emergency Department at New Milford Hospital, the project that broke ground this month, as well as The Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Emergency Department (ED) at Danbury Hospital, which, along with the new patient tower renovation project, is scheduled for completion next summer.

A strong, local hospital ED improves the overall health of the community - serving as a crucial medical resource to patients and also a business partner in the region. Said Grace Linhard, executive director and vice president of the Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation, "The two emergency departments together currently handle nearly 100,000 patient visits annually. They are the link between the community and all aspects of the health care continuum, responding to the most urgent patient needs at every hour of every day."

Ticket Information

Individual tickets to the Gala are $250 for donors, $500 for patrons (includes program listing), and $1,000 for Benefactor (includes program listing). To learn about sponsorship and advertising opportunities, please call Susan Kania, Director, Donor Relations & Stewardship, Western Connecticut Health Network's Foundation, at (203) 739-7354, or visit the Foundation's website.

WCHN's Imagine Build Transform fundraising campaign

The Western Connecticut Health Network Foundation's fundraising campaign - Imagine Build Transform - is focusing on raising funds for a new Patient Tower, an expanded Emergency Department with Level II trauma designation, and an advanced Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Danbury Hospital; as well as the Emergency Department at New Milford Hospital, and the Network's cutting edge Biomedical Research Institute.

To learn more about Imagine Build Transform: The Campaign for Western Connecticut Health Network, or to make a gift, visit the or call the WCHN Foundation Office at (203) 739-7227.

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About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region's premier, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. As a University teaching organization, WCHN is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital. WCHN offers a full continuum of care through its system of affiliated organizations that provide innovative preventative, primary and specialty care as well as home care.

Date posted - 10/25/2013