Mental Health Connecticut’s annual fundraiser, The Art of Wellbeing, was held at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville in November. The event highlighted the connection between mental health and dance, and helped the nonprofit exceed its 2018 fundraising goals. ConnectiCare President Eric Galvin and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman served as honorary co-chairs. From left, Galvin, WTNH news anchor and event emcee Jocelyn Maminta, Wyman, and Mental Health Connecticut President and CEO Luis Perez.
Nearly 350 people attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford’s annual Dashaway Luncheon at the Hartford Marriott in November, celebrating the impact of the clubs’ SMART (Skills Mastery and Resilience Training) Girls program, a health and life skills program for girls ages 8-18. From left, University of St. Joseph President Rohna Free, 2018 SMART Girl of the Year Jada Copeland, honoree Donna M. Stout, NBC30 reporter Leslie Mayes, Middle School SMART Girls winner Daisy Garriga, Gengras Motor Cars CFO Jonathan Gengras and Robyn Gengras.
Former Major League Baseball players pitched in for Norwalk’s Stepping Stones Museum for Children for its annual Swing Into It! golf tournament in October. Nearly 100 players hit the links at the Stanwich Club in Greenwich for the sold-out golf tournament to benefit Open Arms, an initiative aimed at ensuring the museum’s play-based learning opportunities are accessible to the community. From left, Swing Into It! co-chairs Elizabeth Cahill of New Canaan and John S. Foster of Wilton; Stepping Stones President and CEO Rhonda Kiest; SNY-TV studio analyst and former New York Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa; and Stepping Stones Board Chair Sandra Miklave.
Greg Heineman and Susan Panecassio snuggle a puppy at the Connecticut Humane Society’s Diamonds in the Ruff gala in October at The North House in Avon. More than 150 guests, sponsors and supporters raised over $45,000 at the gala for medical treatment for CHS pets in need.
The Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau held its fourth annual Hospitality Industry & Awards Night in October. Seven state residents were honored for their work in helping to secure and promote meetings and events that have a profound impact on the state’s economy. Seated, from left, are honorees Susan Keane, Suzy Whaley, David Rocha and Liz Parenzan; standing, from left, are Lynn Vasquez of Eversource; Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau Chair (and director of economic development for the City of Stamford) Thomas Madden; bureau President H. Scott Phelps; honoree John Heine; honoree Richard Parenzan and his son, Zachary; and the event emcee, FOX61 meteorologist Matt Scott. (Not pictured is honoree Beverley Henry.)