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Malta House Honors 2014 ‘Wonder Women’

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malta12 (2)When well-known Ct chef and restaurateur Ann Howard needed to borrow $20,000 for a business venture in the 80s, the male loan officer she was dealing with in Hartford said “sure, as long as you have a co-signer.”

Already well-established and successful in her business at the time, Howard was less-than-happy about the subtle discrimination but went on to prove how successful a woman can be.

On Tuesday, Howard, who with her family owns Apricots in Farmington, the Bond Ballroom in Hartford and her own catering business, and several others females were lauded for their courage, independence and success as Malta House handed out its annual “Wonder Women” awards.

“My advice to women who are looking to succeed, don’t protest against the gender inequities thatmalta22 exist,” said Howard. “Instead get out there and do what you want to do and show them all.”

Also recognized at the reception and ceremony at The Bushnell were Jill Adams, Eliana Cardeno, malta11Ranjana Chawla, Pamela Trotman Reid and Carol Stiff.

“I’m a wonder woman because of the supportive community around me,” said Trotman Reid, president of University of St. Joseph, which holds commencement exercises this weekend and includes its first graduating class from its School of Pharmacy.

“There were people who thought we couldn’t do it,” she said when the School of Pharmacy idea was launched.  “But we did.”

“I think every woman has a little wonder in her,” said Dawn Meyers, who was part of the crowd at the event benefiting the Malta House mobile medical clinic that provides primary health care to those in need. “I’d like to think we all have something special inside us, because we are woman, to make a positive difference in something, no matter how little it might seem. “


Grab Your Hat Hartford! It’s The Weekend!!

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The rain is scheduled to go away (oh please)  and that means time to partake of the weekend Hartford!  Andcalendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1] the choices range from very, very pretty to very, very  hot!

It’s Kentucky Derby Day Saturday. Besides a host of restaurant and club specials, there is also Ron’s Run for the Roses, the annual fundraiser at Folly Farm in Simsbury, benefiting The Ron Foley Foundation and its fight against pancreatic cancer.

The fun, including fabulous hats and mint juleps,  begins at 2:30 p.m.  There are hat and outfit contests, auctions, equestrian displays, Kentucky Derby viewing and more at the event that has raised  over $500,000 for research and help to those patients and their families in need.

run12For more information go here.

Also on Saturday, the CT Forum will host another in its lecture series, this one titled “Nerd Fest.” It features panelists Adam Savage, co-host of “MythBusters,” actress Aisha Tyler and New York Times “ethicist” and author Chuck Klosterman.

The forum convenes at The Bushnell at 8 p.m. For more information go here.

nbm8Also on Saturday, the New Britain Museum of American Art will hold its annual “The Art pARTy of the Year” spring gala. About 500 people are expected at the fundraiser that includes a cocktail reception, dinner , dancing , auctions and more. For more information go here.



On Sunday, Matthew Phillips Salon on LaSalle Road in West Hartford will host its 14th annual “Cut-A-Thon” benefiting the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center at Hartford Hospital. Haircuts are being offered from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. for a cost of $25. Walk-ins are welcome. Information: 860-523-5261.

tandooriBut let’s back up a bit. Start the weekend on May 1 at the Wadsworth’s “First Thursday After Hours” and its May theme,  “Indian Tandoori.” The popular, monthly  Happy Hour from 5 to 8 p.m. will include Bollywood dance lessons, Indian-inspired food, henna body art, dance demonstrations and more. For Information go here.

Need some peace and solace?


Head over to Elizabeth Park on May 3 for the second annual “Re-Create Ct,” a holistic festival featuring yoga, Zumba classes, vendors, artisans, a fitness workshop. meditation and more to soothe mind and body. The event begins at 11 a.m. and continues to 5 p.m. For more information go here.

SAMBA-2014-poster-11-x-17[1]Want anything but peace and quiet?

Then dance over to Hartford’s eighth annual “Samba Fest” at Mortensen Riverfront  May 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Composer/guitarist Ivan Vilela will be featured along with Nation Beat and a host of other musical acts. For information go here.

Want a little more weekend? Monday is Cinco de Mayo and that means dozens of restaurant and party specials all over the state and on Tuesday Malta House will celebrate its “Wonder Women” at The Bushnell.

Also on Tuesday, “Beauty and the Beast”  opens at The Bushnell. For more information go here.

Malta House 2014 ‘Wonder Women’ Announced

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malta14Six well-known Hartford area women officially received the good news Wednesday night. They are the Malta House’s 2014 “Wonder Women” honorees. The six were introduced at an announcement reception at the Town & County Club. They will officially be honored at a reception at the Bushnell on May 6.

They are Hartford Stage board president and marketing business owner, Jill Adams, Central Area Health Education Center program manager, Eliana Cardeno, civic volunteer Ranjana Chawla, philanthropist and founder/president of Ann Howard Restaurant Associates, Ann Howard, University of Saint Joseph president, Pamela Trotman Reid and espnW vice president, Carol Stiff .

“I just do what I do,” said Chawla, a board member on the St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center Auxiliary, Saint Francis Foundation, and Riverfront Recapture, and active in several organizations including the American Red Cross and Leadership Greater Hartford. “I don’t see it as special, it is just who I am,” she said about her many altruistic ventures.

Hartford’s Malta House provides mobile primary medical care to those who have no insurance.

Hartford Philanthropist Gets Broadway Backstage Surprise

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When Melinda Sullivan, Hartford philanthropist and one of Malta House of Care’s 2013 Wonder Women, won an auction bid from the fundraiser to see “Phantom of the Opera,” she received an extra surprise, a meet-and-greet with the actress playing the lead, Christine. Sullivan, who attended the show with granddaughter Hayley Scherer, not only met Marni Raab, who stars in the show, but musical conductor Kristen Blodgett as well. The surprise was arranged by Farmington resident, Tim Stella, who serves as the associate conductor for the Broadway show. Pictured are Hayley Scherer, left, Raab and Sullivan.

Wonder Women Honored By Malta House

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wonda3wonda4It was a record crowd and a stellar list of honorees at the Malta House of Care Foundation’s “Celebrating Wonder Women” reception at the Bushnell Tuesday.

More than 400 people showed up to honor Dr. Patricia DeFusco, Medina Jett, Jocelyn Maminta, Yvonne Martin, Jeanne Milstein, Shari Phillips, Belle Ribicoff and Melinda Martin Sullivan, all chosen for their altruism and community leadership by Malta House, a non-profit that provides free primary medical care to those in need.

“Iwonda1 give away a lot of money,” joked Martin Sullivan about why she was chosen as one of the 2013 award winners. “Seriously though, I quietly try to make better the lives of those in the community who need help,” said the well-known philanthropist. “I don’t look for attention I have lived a very privileged life and it makes sense that I help others.”

 The reception was a perfect way to start the Mother’s Day celebration a bit early for DeFusco, whose daughter Katie Cavanagh had nothing but praise for her mom who is a Hartford Hospital oncologist.

wonda2She does everything as a doctor and as a caregiver and I aspire to be what she is,” said the young woman. “”I want to step up even more than she does someday.”

Several past “Wonder Women” including Karen Cronin Wheat and Thea Montanez were part of the crowd and among the few guys there,  there was Malta House Foundation president Peter G. Kelly.

Emcee for the awards program was ESPN SportsCenter co-host Sage Steele.

Malta House Wonder Women Announced

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wonderw1It’s not a secret anymore. The Malta House “Wonder Women” class of 2013 has been announced.

And it was done in style Thursday night at the impressive circa 1919 Hartford home of the state’s Attorney General George and Diane Jepsen, complete with champagne and the kind of vibe that can only happen when a lot of powerful women fill a room.

“I’m honored and flattered,” said Medina Jett, a West Hartford attorney and former insurance general counsel who is one of eight women who will be honored at a “Celebrating Wonder Women” gala on May 7   at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Active in several non-profits, Jett, who brought her two young daughters to the private reception, also serves as a mentor for middle-school students.

Others honorees announced at the reception were Dr. Patricia A. DeFusco, a specialist in hematology and oncology and medical director of the Partnership for Breast Care at Hartford Hospital; Jocelyn Maminta, a WTNH reporter and anchor and co-founder of Caroline’s Room at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center; Yvonne Martin, director of Strategic Accounts of the Integrated Business Solutions team at United Technologies Corporation; and Jeanne Milstein, retired Child Advocate for the state of Connecticut.

Milstein, by the way, has a new job, deputy commissioner, Strategic Planning and Policy Development for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

“I do the work that a lot of other wonder women do,” she said flashing a smile when asked about the accomplishments that have garnered her the title of a Connecticut “Wonder Woman.” “I have always tried to the voice of those who might not have the access or ability to do it for themselves.”

Also tapped for their philanthropic contributions and community leadership are Shari Phillips, co-owner of Per Se Spa and Matthew Phillips Salon in West Hartford; Belle Krasne Ribicoff , a retired arts editor, critic, university administrator, and board volunteer for educational and cultural organizations;  and Melinda Sullivan of West Hartford, a patron of the decorative arts and education.

Hartford, The Weekend Is Almost Here!

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calendar_clip_art-1.29213820_std[1]Celebrities, parties, shows and of course, some Irish green mixed in thanks to Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration, is what’s up this weekend Hartford.

On Thursday, March 14, former New York City mayor,  Rudy Giuliani, will deliver Central Connecticut State University’s Annual Robert C. Vance Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. at Welte Hall. Before his speech, Giuliani, also a former federal prosecutor and presidential hopeful,  is best known for his leadership following the horrific  9/11 terrorist attack in New York, will meet with students and attend a dinner in his honor. He now heads an international law firm that includes an office in Hartford.

giulThe annual Vance Lecture began in 1983 and has featured speakers including Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Lech Walesa, Ben Bradlee and Anderson Cooper.


Cindy Lovell, new executive director at the Mark Twain House & Museum, will be feted at a welcoming reception Thursday from 5 :30 to 7 :30 p.m. The reception coincides with the opening the Twain House’s latest exhibit “The Gilded Age of Hartford.”


maltacMalta House will be announcing its 2013 roster of “Wonder Women”  Thursday  at a VIP reception at the home of Atty. General and Mrs. George Jepsen. Each year, the a non-profit that provides primary medical care to those without insurance, celebrates a group of women selected for their public service and philanthropy.

The group will be officially honored at the  “Celebrating Wonder Women,” fundraiser at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, May 7, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

break1_opt It’s St. Patrick’s Day time and that means it also time for the annual Archbishops’s St. Patrick ‘s Day Breakfast, Friday at the Connecticut Convention Center at 7 :30 a.m. Guest speaker will be Mark Kennedy Shriver, nephew of the later President John F. Kennedy and son of Sargent and Eunice Shriver, the breakfast  benefits The Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools.

int4And on Saturday, Interval House will host its annual “Step Up and Step Out” gala benefiting the state’s largest domestic violence program for women and children.

Honorary chair is Dr. William Petit, Jr. of the Petit Family Foundation.

The gala begins at 6 p.m .at The Society Room in Hartford and includes dinner and auction with tv personalities including NBC Connecticut’s  Brad Drazen, , WTIC sports Joe D’Ambrosio, Fox Ct’s  Joe Furey, and WFSB’s Kara Sundlun and Dennis House. Go to intervalhouse.org for ticket information.

Also on Saturday,

Julia Sweeney and Jill SobuleNeed a good laugh and some equally good music? You might want to head to the Mark Twain House & Museum Saturday for the “The Jill and Julia Show” with Julia Sweeney and Jill Sobule. Sweeney,  a mother married to scientist Michael Blum, is best known as a former member of the “Saturday Night Live” cast, the actress/comedian/author behind the perceived gender-neutral “Pat,” and the subsequent movie “It’s Pat.”

Sobule, best known for the top 20 hit “I Kissed a Girl,” is an accomplished musician whose work is personal and socially conscious.

Go to marktwainhouse.org for information.


Cigna Helps Malta House

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Eleven Cigna volunteers stepped up recently to help patients of the Malta House of Care Free Mobile Clinic. The volunteers, led by Sue Glucksman and Paul Sanford, collected items for a tag sale they manned in the Cigna cafeteria, then used the proceeds to purchase flowers and boxes to spruce up the registration areas at the clinic’s site at St. Augustine’s Church in Hartford’s South End. Malta House is a mobile unit that travels to several locations around the city to provide free medical care to individuals who have no health insurance. Volunteers included those standing, Jenny Euting, left, Hamani Franklin, Father Jose Mercado, pastor, Saint Augustine’s Church, Janet Whitehead, Tracy LeSure, Mike Rogers, Graham Kist, Paul Sanford, Paul Williams and Michael Sturmer. Seated are Xiomara Anderson, left, and Sue Glucksman.