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Bridgeport Hospital gala raises over $80,000

May 14, 2017

FAIRFIELD — Nearly 150 people attended the May 4 Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary spring gala at Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield and helped raise over $80,000 for the modernization of the Allison Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Dr. Tom Kennedy Toy Closet, therapist scholarships for Ahlbin Rehabilitation Centers and other grants and programs to benefit patients.

For the third year, the highlight of the gala was “Dancing with the Hospital Stars,” a dance contest inspired by the popular television program. Six hospital staff members were each paired with a professional dancer from Fred Astaire Dance Studio of Southport during the competition, which was won by Director of Trauma Services, Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Medical Services Paul Possenti, also the hospital’s chief surgical physician assistant.

The gala also included an auction for items such as a one-week stay at a Bahamas resort and a diamond necklace.

The Allison Family ICU is part of the Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital campus at Bridgeport Hospital, a Yale New Haven Health member. The 20-bassinet unit, established in 1972 and last renovated in 1998, has begun a facility upgrade that will provide more privacy and comfort to premature and critically ill infants and their families. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The Dr. Tom Kennedy Toy Closet, named for the hospital’s former chairman of Pediatrics who died in 2015, houses toys and games for hospitalized children, most of them donated or purchased with gifts from the community.

Established in 1959, the all-volunteer Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary has spent almost 60 years supporting hospital programs, services, facility upgrades and staff scholarships. The group also operates the hospital’s gift shop, which offers greeting cards, flowers, clothing and a variety of other gift items for patients, visitors and staff.