PUTNAM, CT. – The Woman’s Board of Day Kimball Hospital recently held their annual Valentine Tea event at Wright’s Mill Farm in Canterbury, Connecticut. More than 180 attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch, games of chance and a fashion show featuring clothing by CoCo’s Cottage in Woodstock. The Valentine Tea event this year raised more than $4,000, which goes toward the Woman’s Board’s philanthropic endeavors.
The annual Valentine Tea event celebrates the life of Moses Day Kimball, the person for whom Day Kimball Hospital was named. In the late 1800’s, Mrs. Susan Kimball donated $5,000 toward the construction of the new hospital, with the condition that the institution be named after her son Moses Day, who died in his early twenties while working as a U.S. Supreme Court law clerk in Washington DC. She also requested that his life be celebrated each year around his birthday, which was February 14. The Day Kimball Hospital Woman’s Board has been honoring that request annually.
The Day Kimball Hospital Woman’s Board has been a volunteer fundraising group for Day Kimball Hospital for 117 years. In 2009 they committed to a five-year pledge to raise $217,000 towards the purchase of state-of-the-art patient monitoring equipment for the Emergency Department. The monitors are portable to facilitate monitoring patients who do not yet have a room or need to be moved within the hospital. Most recently, in January of 2012, the Woman’s Board joined other Northeast Connecticut leadership organizations by gifting Day Kimball $75,000 toward the “Care in a Heartbeat” Capital Campaign to rebuild the hospital’s emergency department.
Other upcoming Day Kimball Hospital Woman’s Board fundraisers include a Dinner/Dance on Friday, April 27, 2012 at Wright’s Mill Farm featuring Chris Jacob as Frank Sinatra with a 10-piece orchestra, the Ladies Night Out Fashion Show on Thursday, May 10, 2012 and the Black Box Theater Reception and Show on Friday, August 3, 2012.