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AuxilliaryThis 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!

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From the Co-Presidents:

Dear Auxilians,

We are coming to the end of another exciting year of Board activities. On behalf of the Auxiliary Board, we are happy to report our news of the past year.

Our 2014-2015 season started with yet another record-breaking golf tournament, as befitted the tournament's 25th Anniversary! We donated $150,000 to our beneficiary, the Women's Health Services Department, including the Maternity & Infant observation Unit. We have also truly begun to reap the benefits of our new partnership with Faber International at the Auxiliary Store. In addition to our Golf Tournament proceeds and earnings from our partnership with Au Bon Pain, the increased store revenue allowed us to fund more than $225,000 in Fall projects, setting another record.

Another highlight of the year was our pledge of $2 million to the lead phase of the Hartford Hospital Capital Campaign. We are thrilled to be one of the early supporters of the multiphase master facilities plan, anchored by the Bone & Joint Institute.

Once again, we celebrated a promotion of one of our biggest supporters - and favorite people - as Bimal Patel was promoted to the new position of Vice president for Operational Integration for Hartford HealthCare. We continue to benefit from his guidance, as well as from the leadership of Stuart Markowitz, MD, President, Hartford Hospital and Hartford Region and Senior Vice president, Hartford HealthCare. And we continue to marvel at the world-class care that Hartford Hospital provides to our region. It is a privilege to serve such an amazing organization.

We wish you all a happy and healthy year! Please remember that each and every purchase you make at the Auxiliary Gift Shop and Au Bon Pain Cafe directly benefits the Auxiliary's budget for Good Works for Hartford Hospital. We truly appreciate your continued support.


Linda Atkins and Amy Steinberg
Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Co-Presidents


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 today - 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!


Au Bon Pain CafeAu Bon Pain Café

The Auxiliary continues to enjoy its relationship with Au Bon Pain Café.

Located in the main lobby of Hartford Hospital, the café has been very well received by the hospital community and its guests. 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, as all fees the Auxiliary receives from Au Bon Pain go into the funds the Auxiliary uses to support important hospital projects.

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

The Auxiliary StoreThe Auxiliary Store

Since the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary launched the new and improved Auxiliary Store professionally managed by Faber in 2013, our Retail Operations chairs have continued to coordinate with Faber in an effort to ensure that the variety, selection and quality of merchandise offered meets the needs and expectations of the Hartford Hospital community, its visitors and guests.

The Auxiliary also collaborates with Faber when holding membership events at the store and arranging children’s book sales to support book donations to the Read to Grow program.

Every sale in the store results in a direct investment in Hartford Hospital through proceeds the Auxiliary receives and applies to funding requests for unique, innovative and necessary projects.

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.


Officers (2016-17)

Co-Presidents: Linda Atkins and Amy Steinberg
VP Projects: Jennifer Wedeles
Recording Secretary: Gretchen Haimes
Corresponding Secretary: Jane Robinson 
Treasurer: Shelley Dodd
Assistant Treasurer: Allison Keating
Golf Tournament Liaison and Ex-Officio: Lori Flaks
Immediate Past President & Nominating: Virginia Van Dyk

Members Ex-Officios

Stuart Markowitz, MD
President, Hartford Hospital
Senior Vice President Hartford HealthCare

Carol Garlick, CFRE
Vice President, Philanthropy
Hartford Hospital

Committee Chairpersons (2016-17)

Annual Meeting: Jane DiBattista, Kate Flanders
Archivist: Erin Healer
Bulletin: Kimberly Conrad
Bylaws: Christine Collins
Employee Holiday Party: Kathy Herzog
Golf Tournament Chairs: Lori Flaks, Amy Steinberg
Golf Tournament Auction/Raffle: Patti Maciag, Virginia Van Dyk
Golf Tournament Volunteer Coordinators: Robin Kriesberg, Falguni Patel
Hospital Liaisons: Gina Chamberland, Erin Healer, Susanne Yeakel
Membership: Kim Shea, Val Sorensen
Plant Sale: Hilary Allen, Patti Maciag
Read to Grow: Ginger Gillespie, Cornelia Hull
Rx for Fun Annual Event: Christine Bennett, Lynn Robinson
Website: Elisabeth de’Ath

Membership News

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  • Auxiliary Approves Special Projects for 2017

    May 01, 2017 | By Elisabeth de'Ath

    The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to announce that it voted on April 18 to fund 11 Special Projects totaling over $199,000.

  • Changing of the Guard

    March 15, 2017 | By Elisabeth de'Ath

    Nominated for election at the 2017 Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Annual Meeting, Jennifer Conrad Wedeles will join continuing Co-President Amy Steinberg as the Co-President of the Auxiliary.

  • Read to Grow 2016

    March 15, 2017 | By Elisabeth de'Ath

    In 2016 the Read to Grow "Bags to Babies" program with support from the Auxiliary provided books and support for the 1,899 babies born at Hartford Hospital.

  • 2016 Annual Tapestry Awards Scholarships

    March 15, 2017 | By Elisabeth de'Ath

    We are pleased to report that in 2016 Scholarship Program awarded $75,000 in scholarship money 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.

  • Annual “Rx for Fun” Event 2016

    March 15, 2017 | By Elisabeth de'Ath

    The 9th Annual “RX for Fun” event will be held at the newly renovated Capewell Lofts at 57 Charter Oak Avenue in Hartford on April 27, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. 

  • Hazel Vail Scholarship

    March 15, 2017 | By Elisabeth de'Ath

    The first scholarship in honor of Hazel Vail was awarded for the 2016-17 school year to Maura Donahue. She is the daughter of Stephen Donahue, program director of CESI (Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation.

  • 27th Annual Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Benefit Golf Tournament

    March 15, 2017 | By Elisabeth de'Ath

    Despite the rain, our 27th annual golf tournament was another amazing success with net proceeds nearing $400,000.

  • Annual Meeting, May 2016

    July 19, 2016 | By Elisabeth de'Ath

    With over 75 supporters in attendance, the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary wrapped up a hugely successful 2015-2016 year with its Annual Breakfast Meeting at the Hartford Golf Club on May 10th.

  • Spring Rx for Fun Event

    July 19, 2016 | By Elisabeth de'Ath

    Each Spring the Auxiliary sponsors Rx for Fun, which is designed to bring Auxiliary members and friends together for a fun event while raising money and awareness for a particular project or department at Hartford Hospital.

  • February 2016 Update

    March 01, 2016

    Auxiliary Membership continues to stay strong thanks to the support of Annual Renewal and life time membership. Over half of our membership consists of lifetime members!

  • 2015 Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Poinsettia Sale

    December 24, 2015

    The poinsettia sale was another great success for the Auxiliary this year, and brought great joy and excitement to the Main Lobby of Hartford Hospital on the morning of December 4th.

  • 2015 Employee Holiday Party

    December 04, 2015

    Auxiliary helps at 2015 Hartford Hospital Employee Holiday Party

  • Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Fall 2015 Funded Projects

    October 17, 2015

    The Auxiliary voted on October 17 2015, to approve $177,000 to fund fall 2015 projects.

  • Auxiliary Donates $350,000 to the Brownstone Relocation Project

    October 14, 2015

    The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary has always been a strong supporter of the Brownstone and its service to the local community, and 2015 was no exception. This past year, the Auxiliary donated a total of $350,000 to the Brownstone Relocation project.

  • Record-breaking 2015 Golf Tournament!

    September 21, 2015

    The 26th Annual Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Benefit Golf Tournament was held on September 21, 2015.

  • Read To Grow

    April 25, 2015

    Read to Grow, a Connecticut nonprofit organization for early childhood literacy, celebrated its 15th year by recognizing 15 champions of children during an event on Saturday, April 25, at St Clements Castle in Portland, Connecticut.

  • 2015 Annual Tapestry Awards Scholarships

    April 24, 2015

    We are pleased to report that in 2015 The Tapestry Awards Scholarship Program awarded $75,000 in scholarship money 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.

  • 2015 Spring "Rx for Fun" Event

    March 30, 2015

    Each spring the Auxiliary sponsors an RX for Fun party designed to bring Auxiliary members and others together for a fun event while raising money and awareness for a particular project at Hartford Hospital.

  • Auxiliary Pledges $2 Million to Capital Campaign

    January 26, 2015

    Hartford Hospital has embarked on a major capital campaign to support a multiphase master facilities plan. The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary has committed $2 million to the lead phase of this campaign to transform Hartford Hospital.

  • 2014 Spring "Rx for Fun" Event

    March 30, 2014

    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, with food prepared by The Kitchen at Billings Forge.

  • 2013 Spring "Rx for Fun" Event

    March 03, 2013

    In 2013 our event was a casual night out with a live band in support of the Transplant Program.

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Auxiliary Membership

  • Fees

    Hospital Employee: $10
    Hospital Volunteers: $10
    Seniors (65+): $10
    General Member: $25
    Patron: $50
    Benefactor: $100
    Life Member: $250

  • Mailing Address

    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