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Super Models Take to the Runway at Rx for Fashion No Expiration on April 23

Thursday, April 01, 2010 - Danbury, CT

development fund, rx for fashionAre you experiencing a fashion emergency this spring? No matter what your fashion emergency, help is on the way! Danbury Hospital physicians and hospital-affiliated friends and associates discover, diagnose and prescribe a remedy that will fit your style and budget when they “hit the runway” wearing the season’s latest fashions. The Danbury Hospital Development Fund Associate Board of Directors and organizers of “Rx for Fashion – No Expiration” cordially invite the community to join them on April 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at the Portuguese Cultural Center, 65 Sand Pit Road, Danbury. Admission is $125 per person.

Danbury Hospital Runway Stars

“Rx for Fashion - No Expiration” is a fundraising event sponsored by the Fiore Family and featuring thirty-four physicians and guest supermodels who will strut their stuff down the runway wearing the latest fashions from Lord & Taylor and other fashion boutiques. Hair and makeup will be provided by Adam Broderick Salon & Spa.

“This year will mark the third Rx for Fashion event, and the members of the Associate Board have outdone themselves,” said Grace Linhard, Vice President of the Development Fund. “The physician participation makes this event unique, and this year we have surgeons, primary care physicians, pediatricians, oncologists, and more.”

Support Rx for Fashion - Visit the Online Auction

The event also features dinner catered by Bernard’s and an online auction, which will open on April 1st. You can participate comfortably from home, and take a chance on auction items such as a three- bedroom villa located on the Baja Penninsula overlooking the majestic Sea of Cortes at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas; Drive like movie star in a Lamborghini or Ferrari for a three day weekend of motoring; Jet away to Belize and spend a week in a two-bedroom and two-bath condo overlooking the ocean; Enjoy a Saturday afternoon with your favorite baseball team Yankees v. Boston Red Sox at Fenway with weekend accommodations in Boston. To bid online starting April 1st go to

Dressed to Impress

The Supermodels are members of the Danbury Hospital medical staff, leadership and other hospital-affiliated friends:

  • Raul Arguello, M.D. of Sandy Hook
  • William V. Begg, M.D. of Newtown
  • Ray P. Boa of Brookfield
  • Adam Broderick of Ridgefield
  • J. James Bruno, M.D. of Sandy Hook
  • Richard S. Casden of Newtown
  • Leila Chahine, D.M.D. of Danbury
  • Rebecca Ciferri of Danbury
  • Angelo Ciminiello, M.D. of Ridgefield
  • Robert Cooper, M.D. of Brookfield 
  • Claudia Coopersmith of Newtown
  • Phil J. Fiore, Jr. of Bridgewater
  • Barry S. Goldberg, M.D. of Brookfield
  • Rabbi Jon Haddon of Danbury
  • Frank J. and Fran Kelly of Bridgewater
  • Jennifer Madonia-Barr, PA-C of Danbury
  • William Maldarelli of Danbury
  • John J. Martocci of Newtown
  • Dr. Dino and Lisa Messina of Brewster, NY
  • Dr. John M. and Nancy Murphy of Newtown
  • Yelena Paranyuk, M.D. of Danbury  
  • Anthony and Joan Rizzo of Danbury
  • Gerard D. Robilotti of Newtown
  • Jennifer Roy of Danbury
  • Ceil Ruggles of Redding
  • Martha Z. Severino, M.D. of New Milford
  • Shohreh Shahabi, M.D. of New York, NY
  • Allison Stockel of Ridgefield
  • Shawn Tittle, M.D. of Woodbury
  • David H. Trock, M.D. of Newtown

Rx for Fashion Featured Sponsors

The Fiore Family is sponsoring the event and Runway Sponsors include The Rizzo Group, Mrs. Isabelle T. Farrington, McKenney Mechanical Services and Urology Associates. Designer sponsors include Candlewood Center for Women’s Health, Mr. and Mrs. John Couri, Physicians for Women and Fairfield County Bank. Powerstation Events is supporting the event as Production Sponsor.

Tickets for this event are $125/per person. Tickets, sponsorships and ads can be obtained online at or by calling the Danbury Hospital Development Fund at 203-739-7227.

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, 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, radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve on the faculty of the nation’s finest medical centers offering a higher level of experience.

Danbury Hospital marks 125 years of quality service and caring. It is much more than a milestone. It’s an opportunity to thank our community, many supporters, donors, dedicated doctors and staff and volunteers who allow us to deliver on our promise of delivering a higher level of care to all who live and work in the region.

Danbury Hospital Development Fund

The Danbury Hospital Development Fund (DHDF) plays an important role in ensuring that Danbury Hospital has sufficient resources to carry out its mission. Philanthropic support enables the Hospital to purchase much needed capital equipment, build state-of-the-art facilities, launch innovative healthcare 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. The Development Fund is the foundation for Danbury Hospital to transform lives and make a difference.