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Hebrew Center Hosts “Celebrate Life” Gala

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On Sunday, the Hebrew Health Care Inc. will hold its “Celebrate Life 2013″ gala featuring historian, author and tv personality Doris Kearns Goodwin.

chairThe evening, benefiting the center’s Dementia Care Services, also includes a special auction featuring celebrity-designed Adirondack chairs. Designs were created by celebrities including Tim and Elisabeth Hasselback, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker, Don Hasselback and Karen Rossi.

The gala begins at 6 p.m. at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. Information: hebrewhealthcare.org

And earlier on Sunday, the 13th annual Cut-A-Thon at Matthew Phillips Salon 68 LaSalle Road in West Hartford from  9 a.m. to 5 p.m . Proceeds  from haircuts as well as  tips, door prize ticket sales and the silent auction benefit Hartford Hospital’s Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center !


Easter Seals Hosts Annual Crystal Ball

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crystalIt was about helping many at the Hartford Marriott Downtown Friday as the Easter Seals Capital Region & Eastern Connecticut chapter held its 26th annual Crystal Ball.

And the way organizers were going to continue to help those who have benefited from the organization’s efforts was to raise lots of money at the affair that included live auction items, including Paris and Hawaiian vacations and a “Ferrari Experience.”

“We are hoping to break $300,000 this year,” said Dr. Allen Grouse, executive director. “Those proceeds will be used for our Autism Initiative.”

Lori Hess and Nola Zimmerman co-chair the event, while a couple of well-known Hartford-area couples served in honorary capacities.

crystal5Alan and Marcia Lazowski served as honorary corporate vice-chairs while Brad and Kathy Hoffman served as corporate co-chairs.

It was the Hoffman’s fifth night out in a row.

“I haven’t cooked at all this week,” said Kathy Hoffman about the busy schedule the two had during a week that included several non-profit fundraisers.  “On Saturday my plan is to eat at home.”

Brad Hoffman said that while the two, as well as the family’s Hoffman care dealerships, support several organizations, it never gets old and he never takes it likely.

“Tonight we will be looking for people to spend their money,” he said about the hundreds of silent and live auction items donated to boost the profit from the evening. “It’s for a good cause.”

J.A. Honors Four AtBusiness Hall Of Fame Induction

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ja11ja13ja10ja14As a group they are probably some of the best-known names in the state, retired Ernst & Young managing partner Howard Carver, Chase Enterprises vice president, Atty. Cheryl Chase, Stanley Black & Decker chairman and CEO John Lundgren and retired UConn men’s basketball head coach, Jim Calhoun.

On Wednesday it was their business acumen and their philanthropic efforts being celebrated at the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s 33rd annual Business Hall of Fame.

The four were inducted into the organization’s Business Hall of Fame, and more than 350 people turned out at the Hartford Marriott Downtown to celebrate the occasion and the honorees.

“I was surprised to receive this honor,” said Carver, a former J.A. president and board member. “It’s a great honor for me.”

Calhoun, who received the organization’s 2013 Spirit of Achievement Award was the center of attention for many of those attending, because although he may have stepped down as head coach of the team, he is still the go-to guy when it comes to talking college basketball.

And on this night it was women’s basketball that he was talking up.

“They are a great bunch of kids,” he said about UConn’s women’s basketball team that on Tuesday won the school’s its 8th NCAA women’s basketball championship. “And Geno (Auriemma) is one of the most effective women’s basketball coaches in history.”

Chase, herself a Junior Achievement alumnus while a student at Hall High School, was her usual modest self when it came to be chosen for the award. But couldn’t help but become far more animated when it came to the newest addition to the family.

“He is beautiful and so happy,” she said whipping out a picture of new grandson Dylan Jasper Chase-Dyer, son of her daughter, Dara, and son-in-law, beIN cq sports network commentator Ross Dyer.

Although grandson and parents live in southern Florida, Chase has already figured out how to miss business and pleasure so “Grandma” and husband “Grandpa” Stuart Bear, have regular visits with the nearly four-month-old baby.

A beaming Chase explained she is a principal in the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, noting it is in the perfect location, near her daughter and son-in-law’s home.

“We are finding more reasons to go down there on business,” she said smiling.

Hartt Throws A Gala

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Former Otis Elevator president Jean-Pierre van Rooy and his wife Marie-Claire van Rooy like to be creative when it comes to the organizations they support.

So when the well-known philanthropists, who are also great music lovers, decided they wanted to help University of Hartford’s Hartt School, they decided to do more than write a check. They suggested a competition.

And for that annual van Rooy Competition for Musical Excellence and the $10,000 scholarship to the winners, the couple was honored at the school’s annual “Hartt’s Got Talent” gala.

“We wanted to do something with a purpose,” explained van Rooy, who, with his wife, have been generous to many organizations including St. Frances Hospital, The Malta House of Care, the Bushnell and all the area’s major museums. “We love music and we wanted to encourage fine music.”

Held at the Hartford Marriott Downtown, there was no chance of not knowing that somehow the party had to do with music. A string quartet greeted guests as they arrived and in the dining room, a brass flash mob took to the stage to belt out a few tunes when it was time to dine.

And then there were the auction items.

“I have to say I don’t think I ever saw so many musical instruments as part of an auction,” commented Farmington resident Audra Langlois, perusing a long list that included a piano, a violin and a guitar.

For some the gala was more of a sporting event than a musical interlude.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was on a tight schedule, having drinks and appetizers with Hartt before sprinting over to the convention center for the Wadsworth Atheneum gala with wife, Cathy, who is head of the Greater Hartford Arts Council.

It was also a date night for some including Greater Hartford Academy of Arts senior Miles Wilson Joliver. The 17-year-old, who is also a gospel choir director, had a special lady with him at the gala, his mom Shelly.

“This is awesome,” she said smiling. “I was so thrilled that he invited me.”

For more gala pictures go to: http://cour.at/QOhLyE