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ork at the Manchester or East Hartford/Glastonbury ShopRite supermarket, and you're expected to be exceptional. Under the direction of owners Richard and Kye (Carleen) Cohen, every employee is trained to give exceptional service. For the Cohens, this emphasis extends far beyond the confines of the supermarket aisle."We don't just sell groceries; we're a service to the community," Richard says. "We're a family feeding families."The Partners in Caring program the Cohens' two ShopRite stores participate in raises close to $20,000 in Foodshare credits for 18 local community agencies every year. The ShopRite for Education program raises about $25,000 a year for local schools as well. And Kye and Richard encourage employees to come to them with their own charitable and community service ideas.At ECHN, the Cohens contribute to silent auctions like the one held for the Salute! wine-tasting event that benefits the Women's Center for Wellness. At the 2010 and 2011 Healium Ball galas that were held to benefit the DeQuattro Cancer Center, the Cohens donated the dozens of floral arrangements that graced the tables. (Kudos to ShopRite floral designer, Carol Smith.) Also, Wakefern, the ShopRite cooperative Kye and Richard are members of, made a large financial contribution to both years' Healium Balls.Kye also supports ECHN's Women's Center for Wellness in South Windsor. She views that facility as a combination of the state-of-the-art healthcare you find at the country's best hospitals, and the comfort, hometown feel and personal attention you can only find locally.Contributing to healthcare, particularly to the fight against cancer, seems essential to Kye and Richard. "Between our 500 employees and over 40,000 customer transactions per week, there isn't anyone at ShopRite who isn't affected by cancer," Kye says. "ECHN's John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center is a jewel in Manchester. It's not only a magnificent facility but the medical care they provide, the human approach they take, is very rare and special."Kye should know. For four years, Kye was the primary caregiver for her mother as she fought breast cancer. "I'm so impressed that when someone is handed a cancer diagnosis, they have people like ECHN's nurse navigator who will immediately help them find what they need. I understand how difficult that job can be."Whether it's giving food, volunteering, serving on boards, donating funds or other forms of philanthropy, the Cohens are there. "We want to return to the community part of what it gives to us," says Richard. "Business should be done that way."8860.647.4753

he second annual Healium Ball was held on May 7, 2011, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, raising $225,000 for cancer programs. This signature black tie event consisted of an elegant cocktail reception with abundant passed hors d'oeuvres followed by a gourmet dinner and dancing. Bock & Blu provided live music that kept the crowd dancing all night. The walls were beautifully lit with projections of a fairytale forest, while the tables were decorated in castle form with towers of orchids and roses cascading throughout the room.A tribute to cancer survivorship video, featuring Meg Berté Owen and the Berté family, brought a positive message about survivorship to the 250 attendees, inspiring a standing ovation. A brief speaking program featured Jeffrey Heidtman, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ECHN, and Peter Karl, President and CEO. After dinner, a grateful patient video clip was presented of Charles Lindsey, who then stepped on stage to share his remarkable story. This brought the attendees to their feet again.The Healium Ball, first held in 2010, is a celebration by the community of the state-of-the-art services offered at the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute, housed at the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center. This year, the proceeds from the Healium Ball were used to fund two critical support programs associated with the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute: Nurse Navigation, through the DeQuattro Cancer Center Fund, and Survivorship Navigation, through the Meg Berté Owen Survivorship Fund.These two services provide non-reimbursable care that supports patients and families before, during and after medical treatments. Both programs are vital to the overall healing of each cancer patient and help guide them through their journey. Many times cancer causes additional complexities such as nutritional, emotional/psychosocial and financial issues. Navigators partner with the patient and family to identify options that involve counseling and education, transportation arrangements and complementary and integrative medicine therapies.All of these supports are in place at the Eastern Connecticut Cancer Institute for each and every patient, but are solely funded through philanthropic contributions. Generous support for these services is valued and critical to keep these programs in place for our neighbors, families and friends in Eastern Connecticut.This event would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Presenting SponsorCommunity CancerCare Silver SponsorsMedical Oncology & Blood Disorders, LLPAmbulance Service of Manchester Neighbors & Friends SponsorsConnecticut Business SystemsGriffin York & KrauseHartford Radiation Oncology AssociatesMurtha CullinaShopRite of ManchesterMrs. Valerie F. DeQuattroMrs. Josephine KrikorianMEI Healthcare GroupRobinson & ColeVisiting Nurse & Health Services of ConnecticutVery special thanks to ShopRite of Manchester for the generous donation of stunning floral arrangements for the tables, and to Chris and Carolyn Didden for their generous donation of 2Fly wines.9