Annual Appeal 



The Cove Center for Grieving Children is seeking your support so that we can fund our programs across the state of Connecticut in 2015. 

We currently have 7 family sites in West Hartford, New Haven, Guilford, Meriden, Stonington, Easton (serving Fairfield County and Newtown) and East Hartford.   The Cove also provides Professional Development programming and community outreach as well as our "Good Grief" school program. We will partner with The Moyer Foundation to again offer Camp Erin CT for grieving children across our state in June of 2015. 
(A list of donors to date is below - many thanks!)

With your support we will continue to touch the lives of the children and families that we serve in meaningful ways, as demonstrated by the testimonials from several Cove families below. 


“Our 6 year old son has really benefited from making friends with other children who have had loved ones die. After his little brother died, he was very angry, but has now learned to deal with his anger in good ways. The Cove has also been a good resource for my husband and I in learning how children deal with grief and how to help them through it.”    
“My children had always felt "different" from their friends because they did not have a dad. The Cove helped them to see that they were not weird or alone. We have developed great friendships with the other families and I feel happy that my children have a place that can support them through their grief. We LOVE The Cove and the good work they do for so many families.” 

“We attended The Cove for over three years. The Cove provided the comfort and support we needed during a very difficult time as well as connecting us with others who related to our sadness. The Cove was a place for my children to meet others who have also experienced a profound loss and it gave them the feeling of belonging.”  

“The Cove is a place that is very effective in helping building and strengthening families. Where we can learn from other parents and kids and get guidance from facilitators.  It’s a place where my son is able to find friends when being a teen boy whose father has died can be torture in school… feeling so out of place, different and lonely.  At The Cove we can find hope, hope that we can endure, hope to make it as a single parent… and hope that my kids will maybe be ok after all that has happened.”   

 “The program has been amazing... it is a "safe" place where the kids all have loss and grief in common. They can express themselves freely without fear of being again the "different" one. They learn about ways to honor the memory of their missing loved one while moving on with their own lives. The volunteers are all so energetic and caring, they really enjoy helping others. There is such a need for this service in the community and these kids - and us as parents -  benefit so much by having this support group.”

These testimonials speak eloquently to the need to support our Family Cove sites. We also provide referrals, outreach, Professional Development Training and Cove “Good Grief” in schools programming. 

Your donation will help us support and expand our programs so we can serve more children and families in 2014-15. On behalf of the grieving children and families of The Cove, we thank you for your support.


Thank You!
Donors to Our Annual Appeal

Andersen/Gilchrist Family in Memory of Evelyn McIntyre
Mary Andersen in Honor of Bernice Plourde's 1st 5K
Phyllis Annunziata in Memory of Kristen Meyer and Ashley Parker
Noble Banbury in Memory of Evelyn McIntyre
Andrew Banoff in Honor of Simon Etzel
Peter and Nancy Becker
Patti Biller
Beth Biondi
John Birch III
Christie Bondos In Memory of Kathy Heckler
John and Ann Boehm
Bottle Shop, Clinton - Holiday Benefit
Marguerite and John Bowes for #Giving Tuesday - Camp Erin CT
Colleen Brown in Memory of Charley Gentile
Patricia Carr
Inez Casertano
Carolyn Cary
Shannon Etzel Clifford
Wayne and Linda Coats in Memory of Tony Biekert
Martha Coffey – The Coffey Family
David and Francis Cohen
Gordon and Marjorie Cohen
Shawn Cowper
C. William and Sharon Crain
D.A.S. Distribution, Inc. in Memory of Melissa C. Galka
D and R Automotive, LLC.  - Holiday Benefit
William and Tara Dahill in Memory of William Dahill, Sr.
Alexandra Daitch in Honor of Renée McIntyre
Anne Eisner In Memory of Matthew Aaron Levine
Jim and Mary Ann Emswiler
James and Lisa Engelhart
Jannine Farrell
Curtis Fisher in Honor of Nancy Becker
Carol Flament
Robert and Kathy Flodquist
Timothy and Susan Flood
Christine Forte In Memory of Robert Haddad
Mark and Michelle Folsom
Omar and Donna Francis - Holiday Benefit
Ron and Pam Franz
Kevin and Tina Garrity
Ronald and Sharon Gendreau
Dale and Adrienne Gervais
Frances Goldberg-Cohen
Joe and Cindy Goldberg Family Foundation in Honor of Bruce and Renée McIntyre
David Greenblatt
The Guilford Rotary Club
Michael Hammond
Edward and Maria Hargus
Mitchell and Linda Hirsch
Richard Holloway
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Kristine Keegan
Adam Klug
Rebecca Konstantino in Honor of the Konstantino/Belvin Families
Gary LaChance
Frank LaDore for #Giving Tuesday - Camp Erin CT
JoAnn LaDuke In Memory of Doug Crowell
Karen LaPlante in Honor of Kim Starr
Robert Laraia
John and Nancy Leckerling in Honor of Jennifer and Simon Etzel
Elise Lee In Honor of Carmel Limoncelli
R. Brian and Cecelia Lenoci
Georgene Limato
Georgene Livingston
William and Monica Lynders
James Mahoney
J. and Tammi McAraw
Mark McKeon in Honor of Trudy Daily
Patricia Melady
Richard Minton In Memory of Sheila Minton
Donald and Rosemarie Mondani in Memory of Danielle Plourde
Kimberly Mount
Murphy and Company In Memory of Joey
Catherine Neagle in Honor of Jamie Saxton
North Guilford Congregational Church
Amy Nulsen in Memory of Elaine Lowe
John and Kathryn O’Halloran
Owl Shop, LLC.
Ellen Perdue
Denise Perreault
John Shand and Penny Phillips in Memory of our daughter Mia Shand
Yaderia Pinnock
Catherine Plona
John Porto in Memory of Maria Grazia Cucciniello
Praske/Mahon Family in Memory of Evelyn McIntyre
Kenneth Russo In Memory of Simon Etzel, Sr.
Kathleen Sauer
Katie Saul In Memory of Mary Rubino
Marianne Scandone
Sara Schmidt and Valentino Caruso
Walter and Lois Schultz in Memory of Brian Fitzpatrick
Scientific Alloys, Inc. in Honor of Jessica Biekert
Paul Serenbetz
Roger and Annemarie Sliby
Penelope Slocum
Mary Smeriglio In Honor of Evelyn McIntyre
Gerald and Shawn Smith in Memory of Kyle Elizabeth Smith
Robert Stanko
Dorothy Sterpka
Erich Strunk
Kim Starr
Laura Summer
Melissa Symonds
Douglas and Karen Van Dyke in Honor of Rob Novak
Rex and Wendy Walden
David Weil
Ann West in Memory of Florence and Kirby West
Christopher and Lee Whelan
Richard and Sandy Whelan
Jill Whitney - The Whitney and Brink Family
Cathy Young In Memory of Bryan M. Cooke
Joseph and Myra Zelson