OUR MISSION:  To financially assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families and to fund cancer research. 

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2016 Celebrity Dinner & Memorabilia Auction

The 29th Annual Celebrity Dinner and Memorabilia Auction lived up to the expectations where more than 700 guests attended the much anticipated annual event to support the CSF mission: to financially assist Connecticut cancer patients and their families and fund cancer research.

Master of Ceremonies, Mike Francesa from WFAN brought his alluring sports talk to the Sports Program where he brought back unforgettable baseball memories from Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, former NYY Bernie Williams, current NYY second baseman Starlin Castro, former NYYs John Wetteland and Roy White.   We were entertained by Braiden Sunshine from “2015 The Voice” and listened to families’ stories of courage, grace and humor in the face of difficulty, and love and support amidst struggle.  A tribute to honor Yogi Berra, a long-time CSF supporter, was given by John Ellis and Dave Winfield and to memorialize the occasion, a painting by renowned New Orleans’s artist Frenchy was presented to the Berra Family to be placed in the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.

As always, the venue was spectacular with incredible foods, desserts and beverages provided by Mohegan Sun. 

With greatest appreciation to our generous sponsors, sports stars, volunteers and all those supporting the 2016 Celebrity Dinner to make it a success!

See you next year on Friday, February 5, 2017!  J

 

2016 Radiothon hosted by Mike Francesa of WFAN Sports Radio

With the generosity of WFAN and Mike Francesa we enjoyed another successful Radiothon on the afternoon of the 2016 Celebrity Dinner! Mike, with his one of a kind interviews, wowed his radio fans with memorable stories.

Mike and Dave Winfield reminisced about his 8 All-Star seasons as a NY Yankee and the fact that he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 – his first year of eligibility; also could have played football and basketball but chose baseball for his career.

Mike and Bernie Williams shared fond memories of the four World Series rings Bernie won as the centerfielder for the New York Yankees from 1991- 2006 and how hard it is to believe that the beginning of that dynasty, the 1996 World Series, was twenty years ago. Bernie also talked about his music, a classically trained guitarist and has released two jazz albums since leaving baseball.

Mike was happy to introduce one of the NY Yankees latest acquisitions, Starlin Castro, the 2015 second baseman for the Chicago Cubs. Starlin talked about his excitement to be wearing the pinstripes and looks forward to spring training and a great season. Starlin said that former NY Yankee Alfonso Soriano had a big influence on him.

Mike and John Wetteland talked about the early days when Mariano served as his set-up man in 1996 and the 1996 World Series where Wetteland had 4 saves and the Yankees won the World Series against the Atlanta Braves in 6 games. He won the World Series MVP Award that year.

Mike and Roy White shared memories of Mickey Mantle when Roy was beginning his tenure with the Yankees toward the end of Mickey’s career. Roy commented on how generous Mickey was with young players by serving as a mentor to them. Mike and Roy share anecdotes about the NY Yankees from the mid-1960’s through the late 70’s.

Cancer patients, survivors and social worker, Hunter, Brooke and Mason, Emily and Victoria, Brittney and Liv, Tim and Gavin, Martha and Abby were interviewed by Mike, sharing their stories of struggle and survival and how the Connecticut Sports Foundation impacted their lives.

 

2015 Panera Bread "Spook-a-thon"

Panera Bread’s 16 owner-operated bakery-cafes in Connecticut helped raise over $21,000 during the month of October 2015 to support local families battling cancer. Panera Bread held its annual, month-long Pink Ribbon Bagel campaign leading up to its 5th annual SPOOK-A-THON family fundraiser, both benefiting the Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer.

For the third consecutive year, the Pink Ribbon Bagel Campaign has received the support of basketball analyst and former UCONN/WNBA star Rebecca Lobo. Panera donates 25 cents from each Pink Ribbon Bagel purchased during the month of October. At SPOOK-A-THON held on October 24, participants “dressed up to scare cancer” at the Halloween Costume Parade and enjoyed other Halloween-themed activities at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT.

Both initiatives raised a total of $21,008 which will help local families fighting cancer through the efforts of the Connecticut Sports Foundation Against Cancer, the Backus Hospital Cancer Center, and Daniel’s Courage which supports SPOOK-A-THON Ambassador, 13-year old Daniel Walsh of Griswold, CT.

 

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