Hartford Hospital Auxiliary

This is not your grandmother’s Auxiliary! Our board of directors, elected officers and members come from all walks of life – full time working women, stay at home moms, retired executives, young professionals, hospital employees, long time residents and  people new to the area. We have one goal in mind - to make a difference in the community by supporting the values of Caring, Safety, Excellence and Integrity at Hartford Hospital.We have accomplished a lot over the years! Through fundraising events we support special projects and provide gifts to the Hartford Hospital community totaling several hundred thousand dollars each year. If you want to make a difference come check us out!


Founded in 1921, the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary started its rich history by making bandages, clothing and other items needed by the hospital. During WWII many auxiliary members volunteered their time as nurse’s aides. This allowed the administration to keep open an additional third of the hospital.

Fast forward to 2014 - our self-governing organization provides services to all aspects of Hartford Hospital. We report to the Hospital's administration and work along side the hospital staff to provide volunteers and monetary support. The funds raised through our events support necessary equipment and training that ultimately help provide the best patient care. Additionally our efforts fund scholarships for volunteers, employees and their children and many other annual commitments. If this sound like the type of organization you would like to explore. Join Us!



Auxiliary Enterprises

The Auxiliary Store

The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary launched our new & improved Auxiliary Store professionally managed by Faber in 2013. Every sale in the store results in a direct investment in Hartford Hospital through the Auxiliary’s ability to fund unique, innovative and necessary projects.

Auxiliary Store Ribbon Cutting 2013

Contact the Auxiliary Store:

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

Learn more about The Auxiliary Store.

Another busy day at Au Bon Pain

Au Bon Pain Café

The Auxiliary continues to welcome the Au Bon Pain Café, located in the main lobby of Hartford Hospital.  In addition to offering freshly prepared sandwiches, salads and desserts on site, the café extends its services to catering breakfast, lunch and snack options for hospital meetings and group gatherings. All Au Bon Pain purchases benefit the Hartford Hospital community. 

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday, 6 am to midnight
Saturday & Sunday, 6 am to 9 pm


Annual Benefit Golf Tournament

Record-breaking 2014 Golf Tournament!

The 25th Annual Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Golf Tournament was a tremendous success. Not only did we celebrate 25 years of hosting this popular event, but we also had another record- breaking and sold out tournament, with Hartford Hospital's Women's Health as the title sponsor. Due to the generosity of our sponsors, we raised a record-breaking $390,000 for Hartford Hospital, $150,000 of which we donated toward facility enhancements for the Maternity and Infant Observation Unit, the title beneficiary, as Hartford Hospital embraces its mission of being “Baby Friendly.” Our donation will help fund a new maternity room design, allowing for special lighting and design elements that help promote infant/mother bonding, increase the success rate of breastfeeding, and encourage involvement from the new mother's partner. These enhancements will improve the hospital experience for mother, baby and family, and meet the high quality of care and safety standards of Hartford Hospital. The remaining tournament proceeds will be used to support various programs and projects throughout Hartford Hospital.

Nearly 50 people from the Auxiliary Board, Hartford Hospital (including many Women’s Health employees), and friends of Hartford Hospital volunteered to make this tournament the most successful to date. We are very excited as we begin preparations for the 26th Annual Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Benefit Golf Tournament.

This year’s tournament will take place on September 21, 2015 at Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield, CT. We are proud to support the Brownstone Clinic as our beneficiary.

If you are interested in sponsoring the tournament, donating items or services to our auction and raffle, or volunteering on the day of the tournament, please contact:

Spring "Rx for Fun" Fundraiser

Each Spring the Auxiliary sponsors an RX for Fun party designed to raise money and awareness for a particular project at Hartford Hospital. In 2013 our event was a casual night out with a live band in support of the Transplant Program. In 2014, in the spirit of the beneficiary, The Community Outreach Program, we hosted a Farm to Table event held in the Hartford Public Library's beautiful front atrium .

Spring Event 2013


Recurring Auxiliary-Funded Projects Include

2013 Plant Sale

  • Read to Grow program for new babies at Hartford Hospital

  • Quarter Century Club Gifts

  • Flowers for Chapel, Information Desk and Family Waiting Room

  • Newspapers for Family Lounges

  • Teen Volunteer Program Uniform Subsidy

  • RSVP Yarn

  • Volunteer Department Scholarships

  • Employee Holiday Party

Holiday Party, 2013


Scrubs Tour, 2013



Scholarship Programs

Tapestry Awards Scholarship Program

We are pleased to report that in 2014 the Tapestry Awards Scholarship Program awarded a total of 63 scholarships to sons and daughters of Hartford Hospital employees enrolled in post-secondary undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The Auxiliary contributes $50,000 annually to the Program, which awards a total of $70,000 annually in scholarships. Applicants are scored based on GPA, parents' years of service at Hartford Hospital, and personal essays. Applicants who are in the first generation of their families to attend college are eligible for an extra point in the scoring process. The first place winner receives $5,000, the second and third place winners receive $2500 each, and 60 additional winners receive $1,000 each.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the First Place winner for 2014, Jennifer LaPier. Ms. LaPier attends Georgetown University where she is majoring in Human Science with a minor in Public Health. In addition to her studies at Georgetown, Ms. LaPier has been training to become an EMT. She is also very active on campus working in the French department and volunteering with a board that plans low cost events for students.

The second and third place winners are Anthony Blake and Jessica Repicky. Mr. Blake intends to major in Human Rights at The University of Connecticut. He is the founder of the "Get it Right Foundation" which helps people in Ghana access safe drinking water. Ms. Repicky is studying Nursing at Quinnipiac University where she volunteers as a lab researcher, as well as with Habitat for Humanity and at a food pantry.

We would like to congratulate all of this year's winners and wish them continued academic and personal success! 



Auxiliary Funded Projects

The Auxiliary is proud to be able to assist many different departments to provide Beyond Advanced Care at Hartford Hospital. The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary met on Tuesday, October 21st and voted to approve over $230,000 to fund the Fall 2014 Projects:

  • $34,664 to the Cancer Program and Radiology for the purchase of equipment to perform radioactive seed localization for breast surgery
  • $34,839 to the GI Department to purchase a MonoScan AR 3D
  • $25,079 to the Transplant Immunology Lab for the acquisition of a Maxwell 16 Mdx
  • $23,000 to Cardiology to obtain Angio Basic and Coronary Intervention Modules to install on the simulator in CESI

Other recipients of funding by the Auxiliary for Fall 2014 include:

  • Surgical Nursing Oncology, BioMed ED, Preventative Cardiology, Phlebotomy, Labor and Delivery, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Ambulatory Care Services, CESI, Radiation Oncology, The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and Hartford Hospital Rehab Network

The Auxiliary is proud to be able to assist these different departments and others with their purchases of new, upgraded equipment for the hospital.

Maxwell 16 Mdx




Co-Presidents: Virginia Van Dyk, Kate D’Addabbo
VP Projects: Alison Keating
Recording Secretary: Kimberly Conrad
Corresponding Secretary: Jennifer Wedeles
Treasurer: Linda: Atkins
Assistant Treasurer: Shelley Dodd
VP Retail Operations: Karen Alcorn
VP Public Relations: Amy Steinberg
Golf Tournament Liaison: Lori Flaks
Immediate Past President & Nominating: Christine Collins

Committee Chairpersons:

Historian: Hazel Vail
Annual Meeting: Hilary Allen, Patti Maciag
Archivist: Erin Healer
Bulletin: Kim Himmelfarb
Employee Holiday Party: Kathy Herzog
Golf Tournament Chairs: Lori Flaks, Amy Steinberg
Golf Support: Jennifer Hemingway, Shannon McHale
Hospital Liaison: Susanne Yeakel, Jennifer Hemingway, Erin Healer
Membership: Karen Sack, Val Sorensen
Plant Sales: Cornelia Hull, Falguni Patel
Read to Grow: Ginger Gillespie, Amy Droppo
Rx for Fun Annual Event: Karen Hagberg & committee
Scholarship Fund: Kate Flanders, Yvonne Flynn
Web Site: Elisabeth de’Ath



Join Us

Hospital Employee:
Hospital Volunteers $10
Seniors (65+): $10
General Member: $25
Patron: $50
Benefactor: $100
Life Member:

Checks made to the order of Hartford Hospital Auxiliary, should be sent to:

Hartford Hospital Auxiliary
80 Seymour Street
P.O. Box 5037
Hartford, CT 06102-5037
ATTN: Membership




Contact the Auxiliary

General Inquiries: HHAuxilliary@gmail.com