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A Day to Make a Difference Pediatric Auction Creates “Fairy Tale” Ambiance for Guests

Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - Danbury, CT

The Danbury Hospital Development Fund, Inc. requests the pleasure of your company at the 15th A Day to Make a Difference pediatric auction on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 7 p.m. The fairy-tale inspired evening takes place at the Ethan Allen Hotel, 21 Lake Avenue Extension in Danbury, where proceeds from a silent and live auction will benefit Danbury Hospital’s pediatric programs and services.

This year’s theme “Once Upon a Time” is sure to evoke warm memories of childhood; listening as our parents read enchanting fairy tales that fueled our imaginations with flights of fancy, magical worlds, and happily ever-afters. The “Once Upon a Time” pediatric auction theme also celebrates the Department of Pediatrics very own dream come true - the creation of the Danbury Hospital Children’s Health and Wellness Center at 79 Sand Pit Road in Danbury”, said Susan Kania, director of Donor Relations and Stewardship, Danbury Hospital Development Fund.

The event also includes cocktails, dinner by the bite, a silent auction that starts at 7 p.m., followed by the Heart of Gold Award presentation at 9 p.m., and a live auction beginning at 9:30 p.m.

Jennifer Roy of Danbury, event chairwoman, along with honorary committee member Isabelle Farrington, and a dedicated group of “Lords and Ladies” are working diligently to create an evening of food, fun and dreams come true that is certain to be a “knight” to remember for all who attend.

Trisha and Eric Bam of the Foster Davis Foundation will be presented with the 2009 Heart of Gold Award in recognition of their overwhelming generosity which is paving the way for a new, state of the art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Introduced in 2003, the Heart of Gold Award pays tribute to individuals whose tireless efforts make a difference in the lives of children. Past Heart of Gold recipients include Paul P. Dinto, Humberto Bauta, M.D., Willet Bowen, M.D., Alvin Goldman, Ann Hines, M.D., Robert Joy, M.D., Martin Randolph, M.D., and L. Robert Rubin, M.D.

A Day to Make a Difference guests will have the opportunity to bid on auction items that include theme gift baskets created by Danbury Hospital employees, and much more. Auction items are generously donated by local businesses and loyal supporters of Danbury Hospital because of its consistent achievements in providing a higher level of care for children.

Tickets for Danbury Hospital’s 15th A Day to Make a Difference pediatric auction on Saturday, October 3rd begin at $100 per person. Patron, sponsor, benefactor and other sponsorship opportunities also are also available. For more information, visit For ticket information and reservations, call the Danbury Hospital Development Fund at (203) 739-7227. Space is limited, so kindly reply by September 28th to reserve your tickets and secure sponsorship opportunities.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with New York Medical College, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders and radiology. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board certified in their specialties.

In the area of cardiac care, Danbury Hospital is ranked number one in Connecticut for cardiac surgery and in the top 5 percent nationally for overall cardiac care by HealthGrades®. This is the second consecutive year for the national award.

Danbury Hospital is nationally ranked in the Top 5% in the Nation for Women’s Health and a recipient of the 2009/2010 Women’s Health Excellence Award for providing services to women and is in the top 5 percent of hospitals in the country for overall clinical performance by HealthGrades®, a leading independent health care rating organization. It is the only health care facility in Connecticut ranked among the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical performance five years in a row. For more information, go to  

About the Development Fund

The Danbury Hospital Development Fund (DHDF) is the foundation for Danbury Hospital to transform lives and make a difference. The Development Fund plays an important role in ensuring that Danbury Hospital has sufficient resources to carry out its mission to advance the health and well-being of people in the community in partnership with those we serve. Philanthropic support enables the Hospital to purchase much needed capital equipment, build state-of-the-art facilities, launch innovative health care and medical programs, and attract the highest quality physicians and other health professionals. Since 1976, the Danbury Hospital Development Fund has helped to secure, manage, and distribute the charitable gifts that support the hospital’s mission.