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ason Stephens and his fiancée decided that instead of holding bachelor and bachelorette parties before their wedding in February 2011, they would sponsor a fundraiser to benefit the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center in memory of Jason's father, Dr. Ronald W. Stephens. Living in Hawaii where competition on the beach is very popular, they decided to hold a relay and ask for donations instead of wedding gifts.Jason, his brothers Jon and Joe, and his sister Jeni Minicucci grew up in Bolton where their mother Barbara still lives in the family home. Jack DeQuattro and Ron Stephens were close friends and translated that into a close relationship between their families, sharing vacations, holidays and many other memories over the years. These two close friends also passed away from the same terrible disease - pancreatic cancer.Jason and his wife both enjoy fitness activities, so the idea of creating the relay with physically demanding events was fun for them. Their wedding guests, including Jason's siblings and their families from Connecticut, were invited to participate along with the people enjoying the beach that day. Seven teams of five or six competed. There were rules for each event, including the carrying of the team's coconut throughout. Shenanigans were encouraged, so stealing the opposing team's coconut was the order of the day. The stolen coconut had to be retrieved before the team could move on in the competition. The list of events in the relay included beer stops for the adults, but the kids had to eat three spears of broccoli instead! One event, called the sugar cookie, involved getting wet and then rolling in the sand. Jeni created trophies by carving "RWS 1st place" with each winning team member's name into purchased coconuts that resembled monkeys.The response to the event was so enthusiastic that Jason has decided to hold this event annually to honor his dad and to benefit the DeQuattro Cancer Center.15

Rockville General Hospital ICU Nurses Station Receives New FloorWhen Gary Silverman, owner of CarpetWorks in Manchester and BACH member, heard that the nurses in the ICU at Rockville Hospital were wishing for a new floor for their station and there were no funds in the budget, he paid them a visit. After viewing the damaged existing flooring, he generously donated and installed a beautiful new floor for them. They could not be more pleased. "As a supporter of ECHN, it was my pleasure to provide this service when there was an obvious need," Gary said.astern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN) relies on community support from individuals as well as support from corporations and local businesses. Corporate support for Eastern Connecticut Health Network sends a strong message to consumers, employees, and other stakeholders that a company cares about the health of family and friends in our community. ECHN provides many opportunities for companies to support ECHN - through the Business Alliance for Community Health (BACH), special event sponsorship, corporate foundation grants, cause-related marketing, gifts-in-kind, matching gifts, employee giving and volunteering opportunities. For more information, please visit our website at www.echn.org/giving and click on Corporate Partners. Companies, both big and small, know that quality healthcare close to home is a good investment. Business Alliance for Community HealthThe mission of the Business Alliance for Community Health (BACH) is to provide unrestricted public support to ECHN while also addressing current health issues facing corporations, businesses and the community at large. BACH is a partnership between local businesses and ECHN through which both entities benefit.$1,000-2,499Aetna, Inc.Aqua Pool and Patio, Inc.Bigman Consulting ServicesBrico Environmental ServicesCarter Chevrolet Co., Inc.FandotechFreedom MortgageIgdalsky & Company, CPA'sJacobs, Walker, Rice & BarryOlender's Inc.Rockville BankRSK-Kellco, Inc.Russell & Dawson LLCSavings Institute Bank & TrustThe Main PubTwin NetworksVisiting Nurse & Health Services of CT$2,500+2Fly Wines Ambulance Service of ManchesterArbors of Hop Brook Retirement CommunityBNY Mellon Wealth ManagementCarpetWorksCNC SoftwareConnecticut Business SystemsEastern Connecticut Physician Hospital OrganizationErland Construction, Inc.Fletcher ThompsonHealthwise Medical Associates, LLPIntegrated Physician Management ServicesLynch Toyota ScionPatient Advocate for You, LLCWillis of Connecticut, LLC2011 BACH membersMembership pledges and contributions made between October 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011$500-999Advance Property ManagementAmeriCom Voice & DataBlue Back Group, LLCColliers InternationalCommunity Healthcare Credit UnionCooperative SystemsCourt House PlusEvans, Pires & LeonardEvergreen Imaging CenterFirst Niagara BankFrank's Auto CreditFuss & O'Neill EnviroScienceHome Builders Association of Hartford County, Inc.Interstate Electrical Services, Inc.J.R. Russo & AssociatesLiberty Tax Services of VernonMedical Practice PartnersOakleaf Waste ManagementPromptcare New England RespiratoryRaintech Sound & CommunicationsW.J. Irish Insurance AgencyWellcare of Connecticut, Inc.Honorary MembersTown of ManchesterTown of South WindsorTown of Vernon16860.647.4753