Other Cove Events

Beneficiary Events 

Each year, organizations and individuals host events such as personal celebrations, "Casual Fridays", "Community Awareness" drives and "Cove Days" with proceeds benefitting The Cove.  We are grateful for the support of the individuals and organizations that contribute to these events.

Our thanks for upcoming and recent events hosted by friends of The Cove: 





Thursday, November 29, 2018
Yale University 
6:30 - 9:00 pm 
With Canon Explorer of Light 
Tyler Stableford 
Join award-winning photographer, director, and Madison, CTnative Tyler Stableford for an unforgettable evening of multimedia storytelling and inspiration. Tyler will take the audience behind the scenes of his latest projects, ranging from fine-art portraiture of American farmers to high-angle adventures. A teacher at heart, 
Tyler will help you raise the bar for your own imagery.

Tickets are $10 (plus fees) with proceeds benefiting The Cove. Limit 100 guests.
Learn more >  

Here is a flyer on the event.



 Valerie Cordiano, our West Hartford Cove Site Director recently celebrated her 45th Wedding Anniversary with her husband Dean. They asked friends and family to donate to The Cove in honor and celebration of their love. Valerie is also celebrating her 20th year with The Cove this year!  Many thanks to all who have kindly donated in their honor. Click here if you would like to donate. 


Thank you to KBE Building Corporation - our first Platinum Organizational Sponsor and Thanksgiving philanthropists. Through their 50 Ways to Make a Difference Campaign - "The Gift of Gobble", they are donating dinners for interested Cove families as well as families throughout Connecticut this holiday season.


Dullsville - On April 28, 2017, talented faculty members of both Jack Jackter Intermediate School (a H.O.T. School) and Colchester Elementary School delivered a one hour stage show entitled "Dullsville" that aptly demonstrated what life might well be like without a generous helping of the arts.

50 members of both schools showed students that their teachers can have a little fun too, while communicating the lesson that the arts are just as important (if not more) as their academic courses, a tenant of the H.O.T. school model.
These schools continue to demonstrate and promote learning through multiple intelligence by providing students with high-quality arts-infused instruction and opportunities such as this outstanding story through performance.

Proceeds will be used for high-level arts programs for the students of these two schools.  Two donations were also made to support children’s organizations - The Cove Center for Grieving Children and Sandy Hook Promise. Our thanks from The Cove to Liz Bochain - Director, Mike Byrne and everyone involved for your generous support! Librarian Barbara Johnson is pictured above center in white. Barbara also helped The Cove with our IT web forms through her role as a member of CECA - Connecticut Educators Computer Association. 

Cove Volunteer Facilitators and Camp Erin CT Big Buddies Jill Bivona and Judd Hiscox were married this spring and in lieu of gifts to their wedding guests, have donated to The Cove in their honor. Many thanks and congratulations to the happy couple!


Evans Simmons and Jackie Dibble from Yale New Haven Hospital's Surgical Unit presented items from their Winter Gift Drive for Cove Sites and Camp Erin CT.  We look forward to working together again in the future, and our thanks to all who participated!

Solinsky EyeCare professionals raised funds for The Cove through their "Wear Jeans to Work Day". Thank you for your kind support. (Shown here wearing their normal work attire.)

The Connecticut  Police Academy's 352nd P.O.S.T. Recruits donated $900 in honor of their instructor JoAnn Peterson. They presented a banner in memory of her son Tristan that will be displayed at the Guilford Cove site. Congratulations to the graduating class and many thanks from The Cove for your generosity and caring!

Our sincere thanks to CECA - Connecticut Computer Educators Association for donating the proceeds of the 1st Annual CECA Golf Tournament on May 21, 2016.  CECA also has been providing technology support to The Cove that is helping with the evaluation of our programming.  


Webster Bank volunteers hosted a "sweat equity" event to benefit the New Haven Cove.  Employees from their Cheshire branch donated time, talent, personal funds and plumbing skills to refurbish 4 rooms at the site, allowing for more breakout space for peer support groups and parents.  Board Member Kara Williams and her team cleaned, repaired and decorated space for Cove kids and families.  Many thanks!

Kara Williams received a special award from Webster Bank's "80 Days of Giving" for this project that included a $1,000 grant to benefit The Cove.



The fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon at Hofstra University held a candlelighting ceremony in memory of their beloved brother, Conor Wynne of Trumbull, CT and accepted donations to The Cove in his memory at the request of his friends and family.

  CECA - Connecticut Educators Computer Association, donated a brand new iPad Air for our Easton Cove site along with a new switch for The Cove Coordinating Office server. This picture of The Easton Cove facilitators and Site Director was taken with the new ipad! CECA member Barbara Johnson is helping us to create online forms and improve understanding of technological resources available to our oganization. We appreciate all that you do to educate and support The Cove!

Optum and United Healthcare hosted their 6th Annual Charity Golf Outing in June 2015. $30,000 in proceeds benefitted The Cove.  We are incredibly grateful for this huge donation and want to thank the event sponsors: Optum Technology, United Healthcare, Fiserv Output Solutions, Fast Switch LTD, Fishnet Security, Insight Global, KBE Building Corporation and Randstand Technologies along with the many in-kind donors who provided items for the event. Special thanks to golfers and the Event Committee: Mike Cotnoir, Holly DeRenzo, Matt Dion, Andre Dubreuil, Ed Kimiecik, Lauren McGrew, Chris Peterson, Laura Sullivan and John Wrobel. Board Chairman Simon Etzel and Treasurer John Turgeon attended the event on behalf of The Cove. 


Big Y hosted the 34th Annual Paul and Gerald D’Amour Memorial Charity Golf Outing. A portion of the proceeds, $1,500, went to their Meriden Store to support The Cove.  Thank you Big Y for the donation and the cupcakes from your Guilford location for our Camp Erin Pizza Party Meet and Greet! You are w onderful community partners. 



Captain Joann Peterson, an instructor at the Connecticut Police Academy, graciously donated a gift from Police Academy Class 345 - a $525 Gift Card for Home Depot that will be used to purchase items for The Cove.  Thank you for this thoughtful gesture!


Emma Cordiano and Dennis Durao celebrated their recent marriage by donating $500 in honor of their wedding guests.  Emma is a long time volunteer facilitator at The West Hartford Cove and daughter of Cove Site Director Valerie Cordiano.  Congratulations and our thanks to the lovely bride and groom!



The First Annual Comfort of The Cove Fundraiser was held on July 15, 2014. Proceeds will go to team fundraising for Team Riccio for the 17th Annual Run for The Cove.  This event that was created by teen Rosie Riccio in memory of her dad and raised over $6,000. Click here for pictures of the event. 


 The Mystic Schooners Jack Stefanski Open Golf Tournament in Stonington on July 10, 2014 had sunny skies and a great turn out!  A portion of proceeds will benefit the Stonington Cove. Many thanks to the Mystic Schooners and Darlene Stefanski for hosting this event.  We are grateful to the golfers and donors for their generosity! Click here for pictures of the event.

Quilters from Yalesville United Methodist Church made 100 unique hand-made quilts for Camp Erin CT campers. Each quilt was designed with a child or teen in mind. Many of the quilters were first time quilters and members also contributed funding and a sewing machine for the effort. Many thanks to the group for this labor of love!


Clinton CT's Morgan School's graduating "Class of 2014" hosted a Student/Faculty basketball game with  proceeds to benefit the Senior Class and $1,500 for The Cove, entitled "Swoosh for Change".  Many thanks to the teachers, students and attendees who made this event a success and Congratulations to the Class of 2014!


Our thanks to the employees of companies that host "Blue Jean Fridays" to benefit The Cove.  Cohn Reznick, Bendett and McHugh, P.C. and Smith Insurance have all raised funds through these fun (and relaxing) events that allow employees to wear blue jeans in exchange for donations to local nonprofits.


 West Hartford Cove Site Director Valerie Cordiano and her husband Dean celebrated their 40th Wedding Anniversary in May 2013 and at their request, guests donated close to $2,000 to The Cove in their honor.


Jake Rosenkrantz's Bar Mitzvah project was to work to get his West Hartford  Little League Team named The Cove Cardinals in Memory of Sandy Hook.  Jake and his family accepted donations for The Cove and on opening day they orchestrated a balloon release in honor and in memory of those who died and those who are grieving the death of a loved one.  Congratulations to The Cove Cardinals for their 2nd Place Finish in their Division.


Girl Scouts from Troop 60619 in Prospect, CT raised funds for their friends in the Meriden Cove in November 2012 through a bake sale. We hear they made some amazing cookies and banana bread!

Smith Insurance in Niantic held a "Casual Friday" campaign left to right, Smith Insurance Representatives: Christel Aronson, Jennifer Dawley, Mandy Cluff, and Cove Executive Director, Mary Andersen. Photo by Kathleen Peterson. and employee's donations were matched 1:1 by their employer.

Employees donated funds to wear jeans on fridays and participated in a drawing for a 1/2 day off from work - with proceeds benefitting The Cove.

 Smith Insurance employees regularly donate to Connecticut nonprofit organizations through this campaign,   The company then matches the funds raised, making a greater impact for the beneficiary charities.    

Lenny & Joe's Magical Carousel in Madison
benefits The Cove through donations made to ride the carousel on special Cove days in August.

 The Cove has been a lucky beneficiary of the Annual Shamrock Run that is held in Bristol, CT in 2012, 2013 and 2014!

In 2012 the Rock Cats sent their mascot Rocky to the event.

2012 "Quilting for Children" at Yalesville United Methodist Church donated hand sewn "huggy" lap quilts for the youngest children in our Cove sites.These will be paired with Lullabye Books donated by Bob's Furniture. Thank you Jean Addy and Friends.


Tia Juan's Margaritas Restaurant "Full Moon Madness" 2012

KBE's 2011 "Gift of Gobble" Thanksgiving Dinner Donations for Cove Families

 Connecticut Baptist Homes "Social Accountability Campaign"

Individuals also request donations to The Cove at Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs and Birthday Parties in lieu of gifts.  Thank you to the children (Chloe for her birthdays - ages 4 & 5 from Guilford and Alexander and Cole ages 7 and 5 from Meriden!), teens (Cassie Rodden and Brynn Pike for their 13th Birthdays) and adults who have donated in this thoughtful way. 

If your family, business or organization would like to host an event, please contact Mary Andersen, Executive Director at (203) 634-055 Ext. 14 or via email - mary@covect.org