The July 2017 Driving Hope Home fundraiser at the Southington Country Club and Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville and sponsored by the Joey Logano Foundation (JLF) in Connecticut, was a great success, netting $125,677 for two local charities. The event featured a golf tournament with a raffle, dinner, car show, as well as live and silent auctions. Middletown, Connecticut native, Joey Logano, has returned home for each of the last four years to meet his local fans and give back to his hometown community at this annual fundraiser. This year’s Driving Hope Home event benefited two Connecticut charitable organizations–The Connection’s Foster Care program and The Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Brittany and Joey Logano and the Joey Logano Foundation for a second year, in the hopes of fulfilling our aligned missions of keeping families together and giving children a second chance to heal, recover and have an opportunity to fulfill all the joys that life has to offer. (Top Photo: Lisa Bozzuto, JLF Director and Dick Popilowski, Chief Development Officer RMHC CTMA)
As of December 2017 our new House has an outdoor playground for children and families to enjoy. We are thrilled to offer our families a way to relax and have fun together right in our own backyard. The families staying at our House at times have multiple children and are looking for activities to keep siblings entertained while their child that is ill is at the hospital. Our backyard now features an outdoor patio and seating, a gas grill for cooking, open green space for running and playing, and the new playground. We are in the process of securing funding for shading trellises to cover sections of the patio, ensuring families have shaded areas to gather outside and enjoy each other’s company. In addition to our families, the playground is open to individuals using our Respite Rooms, who are not staying overnight with us, but are taking a needed break from the hospital for a few hours to regroup. Our new playground was made possible by a generous donation from The Yvette and Arthur Eder Foundation and in collaboration with Environment Design of Milford.