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

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2016 Cycle Against Cancer - Iron House

The 2016 Cycle Against Cancer was held on March 19, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Iron House Fitness. Over 140 spinners joined us that day, united by their desire to help cancer patients in CT, and together, they raised over $62,000! The leadership team at Iron House was fantastic – Joe Fay, Kati Papoosha, and Kim Knapp helped us put together an awesome event that was a great workout for a terrific cause.

At 9:00 AM, we heard a moving thank you from Kara Levitsky, the mother of our little Ambassador, 5 year-old Brynn, who is fighting leukemia for the third time. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Kara, visibly moved, thanked everyone for their support from the bottom of her heart. Executive Director, Jane Ellis, congratulated our top fundraisers for their incredible efforts and dedication to helping people who are fighting cancer. Mike Souza was named top fundraiser, Timothy Hemhauser came in second place followed by Stacey Doyle in third place – Congratulations and huge thank yous to everyone for their incredible leadership! Jane Ellis also named our Top Team as Funkin’ Ride, led by Heather Theriault, and our Top Company Team as Pasta Vita, led by Ghiomara Morales. These two incredible teams were crucial to the success of the 2016 Cycle Against Cancer.

After our short round of speeches, it was back to spinning and one after the other, our amazing instructors led classes that were both challenging and fun and got the blood pumping! Kicking off the festivities was Tony Savinelli, who led an invigorating class that grooved, followed by our other fantastic instructors – Krista Danko, Kati Papoosha, Mike Souza, Nichole Boucino, Heather Theriault, Mark Fullerton, Steve Dare, Breck Lindley, and Lisa Simiola, who all crushed it! All day long, the sounds of laughter and celebration filled the air as our instructors challenged our spinners to push themselves just a little farther.

It was truly amazing to see the whole community come together with such good will and great spirit to help CT cancer patients in need. On behalf of our Steering Committee, we want to issue a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, team captains, and spinners – we could not carry out our mission without you. Thank you for all that you do to help cancer patients in Connecticut and we will SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! J

CAC Steering Committee:  Heather Theriault, Chair, Brittney Blye, Stacey Doyle, Terri Eickel, Jane Ellis, Paige Evans, Ruthanne Rothman, Shaina Wakefield

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.

 

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