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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!


About Us

From the Co-Presidents:

Dear Auxilians,

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.

Jennifer joined the Hartford Hospital Auxiliary in 2014 and has served on the Executive Board since then.  During her first year on the Board she held the Corresponding Secretary position and for the past two years she has been the Vice President, Projects.  In this role she has helped the Auxiliary fund approximately $800,000 worth of special projects for the hospital.

Jennifer is originally from West Hartford. Hartford Hospital has always been a part of her life. Her father was a physician at the hospital until last year and her mother served on the Auxiliary for many years.  Jennifer is excited to be giving back to an institution that has played such a big role in her family’s life.  Jennifer has a background in elementary education and has taught in New York and London and she has also worked in development offices in schools in New York and Nashville.  Jennifer and her husband, Tom, moved back to West Hartford in 2010 where she loves raising her daughter (9) and son (6) in the town in which she grew up.

Best,

Linda Atkins & Jennifer Wedeles
Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Co-Presidents


History

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!


Enterprises

Au Bon Pain CafeAu Bon Pain Café

The Auxiliary’s relationship with Au Bon Pain Café continues to be strong. 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

The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary has been professionally managed by Faber since 2013. The store continues to do well with strong sales for 2016 and the Auxiliary continues 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. From time to time, the Auxiliary collaborates with Faber when holding membership events at the store.

We are happy to announce that the store is now carrying select Vera Bradley and Vineyard Vines items. As always, we welcome any feedback regarding specific merchandise that members of the Hartford Hospital community would like made available in the store. 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 project.

Contact the Auxiliary Store:
860.972.2155

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday, 8 am to 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Learn more about The Auxiliary Store.


Members

Officers (2017-18)

Co-Presidents: Amy Steinberg, Jennifer Wedeles
VP Projects: Gretchen Haimes
Recording Secretary: Julie LeBlanc
Corresponding Secretary: Marri Fairbanks
Treasurer: Shelley Dodd
Assistant Treasurer: Jane Robinson
VP Public Relations: Christina Rossi
VP Retail Operations: Amy Droppo
Golf Tournament Liaison and Ex-Officio: Lori Flaks, Virginia Van Dyk
Immediate Past President & Nominating: Amy Steinberg

Committee Chairpersons (2017-18)

Annual Meeting: Patti Maciag, Juli Corroon
Archivist: Erin Healer
Bulletin: Kimberly Conrad
Employee Holiday Party: Kathy Herzog, Cornelia Hull
Golf Tournament Chairs: Lori Flaks, Amy Steinberg
Golf Tournament Auction/Raffle: Lori Flaks, Virginia Van Dyk
Golf Tournament Volunteer Coordinators: Robin Kriesberg, Falguni Patel
Hospital Liaisons: Erin Healer, Susanne Yeakel
Membership: Kim Shea
Plant Sale: Hilary Allen, Ginger Gillespie
Read to Grow: Julie Carter
Rx for Fun Annual Event: Paige Abrams, Christine Bennett
Scholarship Fund: Lynn Robinson, Jillian Puzzo

Website: Kimberly Conrad

Members Ex-Officios

Bimal Patel
President, Hartford Hospital
Senior Vice President Hartford HealthCare

Carol Garlick, CFRE
Vice President, Philanthropy
Hartford Hospital


Membership News

  • Auxiliary News: 2016 Annual Meeting

    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 10, 2016.

  • Auxiliary News: HH Auxiliary Approves Special Projects for 2018

    October 10, 2017 | By Kim Conrad

    The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to announce that it voted on October 10 to fund fourteen Special Projects totaling almost $200,000.

  • Auxiliary News: 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.

  • Auxiliary News: HH 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.

  • Auxiliary News: 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.

  • Employee Holiday Party

    December 04, 2015

    Auxiliary helps at the 2015 Hartford Hospital Employee Holiday Party

  • Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Benefit Golf Tournament

    September 18, 2017 | By Kim Conrad

    The Hartford Hospital Auxiliary Annual Benefit Golf Tournament took place on September 18th at the Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield. Once again, the tournament was an amazing success, with record-breaking net proceeds of $440,000.

  • 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.

  • 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 4, 2015.

  • Read to Grow

    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.

  • Rx for Fun

    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.

  • 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.

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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