The RVNAhealth The team, along with community members and supporters, gathered last night at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury for the annual Fall Dinner, celebrating for the first time as a tri-agency after a merger successful with Bethel and New Milford Visiting Nurse Associations.
In the wake of navigating a global pandemic, administering over 16,000 COVID-19 vaccines, and caring for hundreds of people who have battled the virus, the truly heroic team at RVNAhealth had a lot to celebrate and reflect.
The elegant evening started outside on the patio with appetizers, a bourbon tasting (sponsored by Ancona’s Wines and Liquors) and live music by Nick DePuy. Guests had the chance to reconnect with friends and community members, many of whom had not attended an in-person meeting for over a year.
Inside the Amber Room, a farm-to-table dinner was served and the theme of the ‘Growing Stronger Together’ event was brought to life by impact speaker Adam Broderick, owner of the Adam Broderick Salon & Spa in Ridgefield and Southbury.
As a longtime business owner in the community, Broderick was familiar with RVNAhealth and started using some of the organization’s services ten years ago. Broderick explained that he and her husband Pete turned to RVNAhealth for a shot so they could travel overseas, and relied on the agency when Pete’s parents needed help.
The full range of RVNAhealth services and Continuum of care became evident to Broderick when the global pandemic rocked our community and the world.
Adam Broderick credits RVNAhealth for being a port in the storm. Not only did he turn to RVNAhealth as he was implementing health protocols at the Salon, but after receiving a call that Broderick had been in close contact with a COVID-positive person in his gym, RVNAhealth became a source of survival and healing.
Pete was hit harder than Broderick. He had respiratory complications and a high fever. Broderick called RVNAhealth and shortly thereafter a selfless nurse was there to take care of Pete. The following days were difficult, but thanks to the heroic care of RVNAhealth, Pete was able to stay home to heal and recover.
The Fall Dinner is the biggest and most important RVNA fundraising event of the year. Funds raised support home care services for uninsured and underinsured clinics, healthy children’s clinics, and community wellness programs.
Hats off to Suzanne and Shane Casey, Fall Dinner Co-Chairs, and everyone who made last night a memorable one, including Theresa Santoro, RVNA Director of Philanthropy, MJ Heller, RVNA Board Chair, Eileen Walker and the entire RVNAealth Team.
* Image 1, 2 and 3 courtesy of Deborah O’Brien Photography