Annual philanthropist roast raises $335,000 in Connecticut

Sandy Goldstein of Stamford, CT, at 2013 roast in her honor

Nearly 500 guests gathered at the Italian Center in Stamford on May 15, 2013, to “roast” Sandy Goldstein, president of Stamford Downtown Special Services District.

The third annual Local Philanthropist Roast raised more than $335,000 for the American Cancer Society Regional Center, C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Family Building in Norwalk, CT, and the American Cancer Society Pay-If Research Grant Program.

The event included dinner and a Hands Up For Hope live auction. Roast Master Alan Kalter from the David Letterman Show introduced the Hands Up For Hope portion of the evening, which raised more than $202,000. The funds raised from the auction will support the American Cancer Society Pay-If Research Grant Program. These pay-if grants have won the approval of the Society’s multi-disciplinary review process but are awaiting funding.

The dollars raised from the ticket sales will benefit the American Cancer Society Regional Center, C. Anthony and Jean Whittingham Family Building. Easily accessible by public transportation and regional highways, the American Cancer Society Regional Center welcomes cancer patients, caregivers, and others for support groups, community education, and volunteer training, in addition to patient services such as nutritional counseling, multilingual materials, and free wigs.

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