April 30, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:11 pm

Day Kimball raises $3 million for new ER

Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam has surpassed its fundraising goal of $3 million for its new emergency center.

To honor the largest contribution of $500,000 made by Steven and Marjolaine Townsend of Brooklyn, the new emergency department will be named the Townsend Emergency Medical Center.

Donations came from each of the 13 towns that make up Northeast Connecticut, officials said. The breakdown of donation shows:

Leadership, including some physician (donations of $50,000 or more): $1,625,000, 54 percent of the total raised;

Business and community: $848,792.68; 27 percent;

Physicians: $481,250; 16 percent;

Day Kimball employees and volunteers: $80,262; 3 percent.

Over the past 10 months, 930 individuals and businesses donated a total of $3,035,304.68 to the "Care in a Heartbeat" campaign.

"We're overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and extremely thankful," said Pomfret resident Peter Deary, owner of Sunnyside Farms and campaign co-chair with his wife, Kimberly Lane, a nurse. "Though I'm not surprised, it's heartwarming to have the firsthand experience of individuals and businesses pulling together for the overall good of the community."

Day Kimball Hospital's emergency department was constructed in 1970 and renovated in 1990. Originally designed to serve 18,000 patients per year, today over 30,000 people seek care there annually, with forecasts indicating the number growing even more over the next few years.

Scholarship program moves

After 32 years of awarding scholarships, the family of William J. Tomasso has turned to The Community Foundation of Greater New Britain to manage the College Bound and Vocational Scholarship Program named after the New Britain construction company executive.

Tomasso started the program in 1980 to provide freshman year scholarships for public school students from Berlin, New Britain and Plainville. Approximately $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded since its inception. Tomasso died in 1990 at the age of 57.

For more than 20 years, Tomasso's sister Lucia Tomasso Scheer with her husband Dr. Edward H. Scheer and sister-in-law Joy L. Tomasso have led the scholarship fund . "As we look to the future, the CFGNB's mission and governance are perfectly aligned with the Scholarship Fund to faithfully continue Bill's legacy," they said.

Cheryl Farmer, the foundation's director of administration, will be the contact for information and applications.

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Casting from within

The Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union is turning to its members as it casts its latest media campaign.

"There's no one better to describe Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union and what we do than our members," said John Holt, Nutmeg State FCU president and CEO. "We want all potential new members to hear firsthand accounts of the level of service we provide."

Candidates must submit a photo and explanation of "why they love Nutmeg State" on the credit union's website www.nutmegstatefcu.org, by May 15.

Nutmeg State Federal Credit Union is headquartered in Rocky Hill with additional offices in Manchester, East Windsor, Hartford, Glastonbury, New Britain, and Newington.

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Books on wheels

The Hartford Public Library is staging a 'Get on the Bus' fundraising reception Thursday, May 10, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Salute Restaurant, 100 Trumbull St.

The event, hosted by library directors Thea Montanez, Marc DiBella and Julio Concepcion, is raising funds toward the purchase a new Library-on Wheels.

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In brief

The Travelers Foundation awarded Hartford Public Library a $50,000 grant to continue funding for the Library Teen Leaders Initiative. The library began this Initiative to provide Hartford teens a basic understanding of what is needed to achieve success in both their academic and working careers. The initiative has been in existence for 18 years, funded primarily by Travelers Foundation over the past four yearsÂ… Twenty-one corporate leaders launched the New England Chapter of the American Cancer Society's CEOs Against Cancer at a recent breakfast event hosted by Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford. Their focus is on the importance of developing a workplace culture of health and wellness, and included presentations by American Cancer Society Chief Executive Officer John R. Seffrin and Gary Reedy, the worldwide vice president for government affairs and policy at Johnson & Johnson… The Avon Breast Health Outreach Program has awarded a $30,000 one-year grant to Hartford Hospital to increase awareness of the life-saving benefits of early detection of breast cancer. It is the 10th year that the program has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women… In an effort to help combat the 23 percent Latino unemployment rate in the Hartford-area, Wells Fargo Foundation has provided a $10,000 grant to The Center for Latino Progress grant to support workforce programs geared towards Hartford's Latino community… The Rite Aid Foundation has given $10,000 to Key Human Services, a subsidiary of Keystone Human Services that serves Hartford, Middlesex and New Haven counties, in support of its Birth to Three Lending Library, an early intervention program for children who have developmental disabilities…


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