American Cancer Society building in Norwalk open for business

Norwalk, CT April 26, 2011 Ribbon-Cutting

NORWALK, CT - The new American Cancer Society Regional Center, C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Family Building in Norwalk, CT, was officially opened with a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 26, 2011.

More than 125 volunteers, supporters, friends, and neighbors celebrated the grand opening with a luncheon, three different ribbon-cutting ceremonies for the naming sponsors, and tours of the facility.

The 13,500-square-foot building is prominently located alongside I-95 in Norwalk. Board member Steve Folb, who has chaired the Regional Center planning committee for the past several years, paid tribute to the Whittingham and Mercede families, as well as the planning committee and other donors, during the program. The Nicholas and Anita Mercede Foundation named the Quality of Life Center at the facility, and Purdue Pharma named the Center's Patient Resource Room.

The Society's staff has already relocated to the building from Wilton. Volunteers and staff are looking forward to welcoming cancer patients, caregivers, and others to the new facility, which will offer support groups, community education, and volunteer training, as well as free patient services and goods such as nutritional counseling, multilingual materials, wigs, and prostheses.

In 2008, the Nicholas and Anita Mercede Foundation pledged $250,000 to the regional center and challenged others to meet it. The C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Family not only matched it, they decided to increase their donation to $1 million in order to name the building. The Whittingham Family Foundation Inc. is a major supporter of area health care institutions, including the Norwalk Hospital Foundation and Stamford Health Foundation.

Owning the regional building, rather than leasing one, will result in significant savings over time that can be reinvested in our mission.

To learn more, visit the building campaign's Web site, or contact Gayle Alswanger at 203.563.1513 or by email.

PHOTO:  From the left: Don Gudaitis, Adam Whittingham, Robyn Whittingham, Andrew Whittingham, Mrs. Jean Whittingham, Michael Whittingham, Terran Whittingham, Paul Whittingham, Steve Folb, and Honorable Richard A. Moccia, Mayor of the City of Norwalk.