Hospital hosts fashion gala for cancer center

By Lisa Capobianco

Staff Writer

The Hospital of Central Connecticut Bradley Memorial campus plans to kick off its annual Fashion Gala later this month to raise money for new medical equipment and the new cancer center currently under construction.

The event will take place on Monday, Sept. 30 at the Aqua Turf in Plantsville. Festivities will begin with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the fashion show and a silent auction. Hospital staff and local residents will model in the latest fall clothes by Chico’s Kathy Faber Designs and Modern Formals of Southington.

Rosemary DeFeo, who oversees the fashion show, said she enjoys devoting her time and effort for a great cause.

“I had such a great time modeling for a couple of years in a row, that I decided I really wanted to remain an integral part of it in some way,” DeFeo said. “I am looking forward to [September] 30 when I can enjoy a great evening with both our models as well as our attendees.”

Besides the fashion show, attendees of the event will have the opportunity to enter two major raffles donated by sponsors. The first raffle offers a 42-inch flat-screen TV while the second raffle offers a baker’s dream package, filled with the baking essentials.

Adriana Asciuto, the chairperson for the event, said more than 400 people attended the Fashion Gala last year, and she hopes more people will come this year.

“It was quite successful,” Asciuto said. “We were very happy with it.”

During this year’s fashion gala, the Auxiliary will raise money for the last payment of the new ultrasound machine for the Bradley Memorial campus. But the Auxiliary hopes to raise more money for the hospital’s new cancer center.

“It is a wonderful cause,” Asciuto said.  “We are invested in this cancer center, and the whole community will benefit.”

The new 70,000 sq. foot cancer center at The Hospital of Central Connecticut will include all cancer services into one location. From radiation therapy to genetic counseling and testing to nutrition programs and support care, Asciuto said the new cancer center will provide all levels of support for cancer patients to make their experience “less painful.”

“It is going to be convenient for the patients and their families,” she said.

Anyone interested in attending the event can purchase tickets for $50 at the Bradley Memorial gift shop, located at 81 Meriden Ave.

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