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Organizations
a -Victoria L. Soto Memorial Fund

This Website and Memorial Fund have been created by her family to honor Vicki and her commitment to education. In carrying on with her legacy, all donations to the fund will be used towards those who aspire to teach and want to pursue the field of education.

A-T Children's Project

The A-T Children's Project is a non-profit organization that raises funds to support and coordinate biomedical research projects, scientific conferences and a clinical center aimed at finding a cure for ataxia-telangiectasia, a lethal genetic disease that attacks children, causing progressive loss of muscle control, cancer and immune system problems.

The A-T Children's Project is a registered charity in both the United States and Canada.

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Our mission To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision A world without Alzheimer's disease.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

To donate on line in someones memory, please click on the link above

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. LLS's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $600 million in research specifically targeting blood cancers.
In 2009, LLS celebrates its 60th anniversary with the launch of a special Web site, lls.org/innovation. Moving forward, our goal for the future is one in which LLS has transformed the lives of people with blood cancer and the healthcare landscape that patients, families and caregivers navigate. Your stories are a part of our history and our future. We urge patients, caregivers and our fundraisers alike to share them and celebrate our mission.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children is a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.

Children up to the age of 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate are eligible for admission and receive all care in a family-centered environment at no charge ? regardless of financial need.

If you know of a child Shriners Hospitals might be able to help, please call our toll-free patient referral line:

In the U.S.: 1-800-237-5055.
In Canada: 1-800-361-7256.

St. Vincent's Special Needs

St. Vincent's Special Needs Services has a Mission that charges each of its employees with a very specific task in the health care ministry which is:"to foster the physical, educational, spiritual,emotional and social developmentof persons with disabilities so they may play, learn, work and live in the community."


Stratford Professional Firefighters Burn Foundation

The Stratford Professional Firefighters Burn Foundation, was founded in June,1999, by members of the Stratford Fire Department, Local 998 of the International Association of Firefighters. We are a not for profit organization. Our purpose is to provide economic support to the funding of projects in the areas of fire and burn prevention through education, research and public awareness programs to benefit the residents of the Town of Stratford, Stratford, CT

Swim Across the Sound

The Swim Across the Sound was inspired by people whose lives had been touched by cancer and who were determined to turn that experience into positive, active steps to help others. One of the region's most exciting and compelling athletic events, the Swim involves amateur solo swimmers and relay teams, swimming 25 kilometers from Port Jefferson, LI to Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport to raise pledges to help cancer patients and their families. "Make a donation located under Programs"

The Channel 3 Kids Camp

Welcome to the Channel 3 Kids Camp!

If your child could design a perfect summer, it would probably include plenty of playmates, new things to do every day and a place to cool off when the summer sun gets too hot. Each year, Channel 3 Kids Camp continues to provide an exciting summer of recreation, creativity and making new friends in a fun-loving atmosphere. The Channel 3 Kids Camp would like to welcome your child to an exciting summer with lots of new people, endless activities and safe summer fun. Any 8 -12 year old, living in Connecticut, is invited to register for our overnight program. Our Day Camp program for children ages 6 -12 is perfect for those younger campers not ready to spend nights away from home or a great alternative to traditional day care.

The majority of activities require teamwork and appreciation of each others strengths. Through such activities, campers experience positive social interaction and cooperation. Emphasizing a friendly and noncompetitive environment, we aim to provide summer camp memories that can serve as inner resources upon which to build character.

While at camp, all campers receive Red Cross certified swimming lessons, participate in cabin group activities, athletics, fun & games and campfire programs. We also have special guests who visit often, like the South Windsor Kennel Club, native story teller Dr. Raouf Mama, Mystic Aquarium, the Mohegan Tribe, drummer Bob Bloom and the Master Gardeners of Connecticut. Encouraging independence, campers may choose their own self-selected activities throughout the week!

With over 4000 children, ages 6 - 16 participating in programs year round and a wide variety of activities offered, we are proud to say that the opportunities provided here are unmatched anywhere in the State. Channel 3 Kids Camp is more than just a summer camp, we are also an environmental education center, a Retreat Area for weekend programs and an after school educational service. Camp Ventures is a year-round program designed to bring educational and recreational opportunities to children in schools throughout the Greater Hartford area through hands-on science, arts, sports, and leadership programming. Camp Ventures travels to local grade schools in an after school format and is taught by trained staff. Students choose one of two different electives offered each week and participate in large group recreational games. In the fall and winter months, Channel 3 Kids Camp hosts environmental education programs in partnership with Nature's Classroom Inc. This twenty year collaberation has allowed schools from throughout New England, New York and New Jersey to experience hands-on educational programming.

Our overall objective is to provide a wonderful, educational and fun-filled camping experience on 350 acres of natural beauty. Our programming provides opportunities for campers to expand their appreciation and enjoyment of nature, have experiences that can expand their horizons and continue their education by providing fun, hands-on interactive learning experiences.

The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer

The mission of The Lustgarten Foundation is to advance the scientific and medical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pancreatic cancer by:

Increasing funding and support of research into the biological mechanisms and clinical strategies related to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of pancreas cancer;
Facilitating and enhancing the dialog among members of the medical and scientific communities about basic and clinical research efforts that relate to pancreatic cancer;
Advocating an increase in the annual budget of the National Cancer Institute with emphasis on research related to pancreatic cancer; and
Heightening the public's awareness of pancreatic cancer diagnosis, treatment, and prevention and providing informational support for pancreatic cancer patients, their families, and friends.


The Paget Foundation

When the Paget Foundation was founded in 1978 as a national voluntary health agency located in New York, NY, its mission was to provide information on Paget's disease of bone to patients, family members and health professionals. Beginning in 1992, the foundation expanded its mission to include other bone disorders, including primary hyperparathyroidism, fibrous dysplasia, osteopetrosis (not the more common disease osteoporosis) and the effects of certain cancers on the skeleton.

THE PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK

THE PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK is a nationwide network of people dedicated to advancing research, supporting patients and creating hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. We started as a small group of volunteers— today we’re a leading force helping people understand pancreatic cancer, assisting patients and their families fight the disease, advocating on behalf of the community and developing medical breakthroughs. Still, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States, yet receives the least amount of federal research funding of all major cancer killers—and is decades behind other cancers in research discoveries and Treatment options.

United Cerebral Palsy Association of Southern Connecticut

"To advance the independence, productivity, and full citizenship of people with cerebral palsy and other neuro-muscular disabilities."

-UCPA Mission Statement

Victory Junction

In 1999, our family participated in a charity motorcycle ride for Camp Boggy Creek, a camp for seriously ill children in Florida and a member of Paul Newman’s Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. The concept of Camp Boggy Creek inspired us, especially our son, Adam, who dreamed of building a camp in North Carolina for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. When Adam passed away in 2000, we decided to make our son’s dream a reality.

With guidance from other Hole in the Wall Camps and the help of our friends within the sport of NASCAR, we raised the funds necessary to make Adam’s dream come true. Victory Junction proudly welcomed our first campers in June 2004. Since then, Victory Junction has been growing and expanding as a free-of-charge, year-round camp for children and their families.

Since Victory Junction opened, we have served children from 47 states and three countries and thus recognized the growing need for a similar camp in the Midwest. We recently announced our decision to expand and are excited to announce the location for our new facility. Within the next two to three years, Victory Junction will open its second edition in Kansas City, Kansas!

Victory Junction has come a long way over the past five years. From our son’s inspired dream to the fantastic reality that has changed the lives of thousands of children and their families, we remain humbled and thankful for Victory Junction. With your on-going support, Victory Junction will continue to spread life-changing experiences to special children!

VNS of Connecticut (Hospice at Home)

The Hospice at Home™ program of Visiting Nurse Services of Connecticut is in its third decade of service to the community. When a patient and/or family chooses Hospice at Home™, they enter into a partnership with not only our caregiving team, but also the many community resources that we access on behalf of our patients. There are many valuable facets of our program, not the least of which is our extensive experience in caring for thousands of patients since our inception in 1981.

Grief Support
Center for Loss and Life Transition

The Center for loss publishes books, articles and other resources to help people who are grieving. We are also an educational and training center for bereavement caregivers. If you are grieving or want to help others in grief, we invite you to explore our website.The Center for Loss director is Dr. Alan Wolfelt who is known around the world for his compassionate messages of hope and healing in grief.


Lodging
Homewood Suites by Hilton

Nestled on a hilltop with spectacular views of the Housatonic River, the Homewood Suites by Hilton® Stratford hotel in Stratford, Connecticut is the perfect accommodations option for business and leisure travelers alike. Bordering three major areas including Shelton, Milford and Bridgeport, the hotel provides convenient access to many of Stratford's most exciting attractions. Our central location also provides business traveling guests with convenient access to various businesses, corporations and corporate parks. Make Yourself At Home!®

Trumbull Marriott

Located just off the Merritt Parkway, the Trumbull Marriott is a Fairfield County hotel that is ideally located among Connecticut's Fortune 500 corporations near Shelton and Bridgeport. Only an hour away from Manhattan, the Trumbull Marriott hotel is the perfect choice for corporate meetings, leisure vacations, and business travel. Featuring 17 meeting rooms and 15 breakout rooms, the hotel provides ample meeting space in Connecticut. The beautifully appointed ballroom serves as the perfect venue for family reunions, wedding ceremonies, or wedding receptions in Trumbull, CT. The hotel's Fairfield accommodations feature 324 guest rooms, each equipped with high-speed Internet access, voicemail and comfortable beds with down comforters. Dine in the hotel at J. Porters Restaurant and Bar, the poolside grill or order a meal through the hotel's room service. Relax and unwind while using the health club and indoor/outdoor swimming pools when you visit the Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway.

Newspapers
Connecticut Post

New Haven Register

The Hartford Courant

The Stamford Advocate

Memorials / Charities
St Jude Children Hospital

Help save children. There are many ways to support the lifesaving work at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Your donation makes a real difference. During the past three years, 85 percent of every dollar received by ALSAC/St. Jude has gone to the current or future needs of St. Jude.

Veterans
Disabled American Veterans

Since its founding more than 80 years ago, the Disabled American Veterans has been dedicated to a single purpose: building better lives for America's disabled veterans and their families. Fidelity to that mission has required DAV to respond creatively and flexibly to changing and sometimes unpredictable problems faced by its constituency. Whether disabled veterans have needed a voice on Capitol Hill, a nationwide service program, a transportation network or unique rehabilitation opportunities, DAV has focused its attention and resources to meet those needs.

Fallen Heroes Fund

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established in 2000 to provide financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty. This continued an effort begun in 1982 by Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, founders of the Intrepid Museum Foundation and the Fisher House Foundation. Following the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1982, the Fishers sent contributions of $10,000 to every child who lost a parent in the attack. Until Zachary’s passing in 1999, the Fishers made hundreds of similar contributions following military losses. These gifts, usually of $25,000, were intended to assist military families through any financial hardships they might face following the loss of their loved ones. This tradition was carried on by Zachary’s nephews, Arnold, Richard and Tony Fisher, who quietly supported these efforts through the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, and the United States’ involvement in the war on terrorism, the need for this support greatly increased and this effort was expanded to the public to help generate the growing need for funds.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established officially as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, and top supporter Richard T. Santulli stepped forward to chair the new organization. Other top supporters came together to form the Board of Trustees and they continue to lead and support the Fund today. Through 2005, the Fund provided close to $20 million to families of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty, mostly in service in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Fund provided unrestricted grants of $11,000 to each spouse and $5,000 to each dependent child. In addition, Board member E. Roe Stamps personally funded an additional $1,000 to parents of unmarried servicemembers as an extension of that program. All payments were coordinated with the casualty offices of the Armed Forces, to ensure that all families received these benefits. In 2005 federal legislation substantially increased the benefits granted to these families. With the needs of these families now being supported much more substantially, the Fund turned to the next area of the military community needing help: our wounded warriors.

In January 2007 after only 16 months of fundraising and the generous support of over 600,000 Americans, the Fund completed construction of the Center for the Intrepid, a $55 million world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. This Center serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duty. The 60,000 square foot Center provides ample space and facilities for the rehabilitation needs of the patients and their caregivers. It includes state-of-the-art physical equipment and extensive indoor and outdoor facilities. The Center is co-located with two 21-room Fisher Houses that house the families of patients.

Following completion of the Center for the Intrepid, the Fund turned toward another critical issue faced by our wounded troops: the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Ground was broken on the Fund’s current project, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in June of 2008. NICoE will be a 72,000 square foot, two-story facility located on the Navy campus at Bethesda, Maryland, adjacent to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, with close access to the Uniformed Services University, the National Institutes of Health, and the Veterans Health Administration. NICoE will provide the most advanced services for advanced diagnostics, initial treatment plan and family education, introduction to therapeutic modalities, referral and reintegration support for military personnel and veterans with TBI and post traumatic stress disorder. Further, NICoE will conduct research, test new protocols and provide comprehensive training and education to patients, providers and families while maintaining ongoing telehealth follow-up care across the country and throughout the world. Though more funds are still needed for late construction adjustments and additional medical equipment, the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) is on track to open in the summer of 2010. It is our duty as Americans to make this resource available as soon as possible to the brave men and women who sacrifice for our nation and because of the generosity of our donors, we are able to do that.

U.S Department of Veterans Affairs

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

In 1982 the American people helped The Vietnam Veterans Memorial fund complete an impossible mission to heal a nation and bring comfort and solace to a generation of Veterans. Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is working to complete this mission by building The Education Center, the place on the National Mall where our heroes' stories will never be forgotten. Help us build it.


Social Security
U.S. Department of Social Security

   

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