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Friends Annual Gala 2023

October 28, 2023

Friends Annual Gala

The Annual Friends of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Gala was held at Race Brook Country Club on Saturday, October 28, 2023.

This year’s event honors Betty Ann Donegan – one of the Connecticut Shoreline’s most beloved and sought after culinary instructors. A chemistry teacher at Southern Connecticut State University for years, Betty Ann incorporates the science of food into her cooking classes. Her love for exploring the culinary arts has found her traveling the world to learn from celebrated chefs and bringing those skills back to her home classroom. Betty Ann is a lifetime resident of New Haven and Branford and a frequent guest on local news programming. She has devoted her time and talents to her community and many nonprofit organizations throughout the region including the Friends of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.

Honoring Betty Ann Donegan, middle, pink dress

Cynthia Sparer (middle) with Friends Co-Presidents Christine Fontana and Alyssa Blume

Junior Board

Various Auction Items

More Auction Items

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