Cancer charity opens Greenwich office tonight

The Connecticut Sports Foundation (CSF) is ready to play ball in town, recently announcing the opening of a new office in downtown Greenwich, which it says will better meet the needs of southern Connecticut families and accommodate its program partners better.

CSF is a charity that provides financial assistance to Connecticut cancer patients and funds research. Residents and representatives from the organization’s healthcare, government, business and nonprofit communities will show their support for the new location at a reception co-hosted by CSF and the Samuel Owen Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Sept. 26, at the gallery, which is at 382 Greenwich Avenue.

Plans to develop operations in Greenwich were initiated by CSF Executive Director Jane Ellis and the board of directors last year as the organization marked its 25th year of service in Connecticut. CSF leaders formulated a strategic plan that aims to ensure that funding for its Grant Recipient Program remains sustainable and that it can meet the increasing demand for financial assistance from low income families in need, following a cancer diagnosis.

“The opening of CSF’s new Greenwich office is an important step towards realizing our goal of strengthening our program services and initiating funding strategies that will allow CSF to provide compassionate aid to Connecticut cancer patients for years to come,” Ms. Ellis said. “The new office is the first step of many important changes for the organization in 2013 and 2014. Our work in Greenwich will mirror our efforts throughout the state as we work with hospitals to develop funding strategies to meet specific community needs through our new Cancer Assistance Partnership program. In addition, CSF has developed a Housing Assistance Partnership program to meet the demand for housing assistance. Well over 70% of grant requests are specifically for housing assistance.”

The office will be led by Greenwich resident Claudia Carthaus, who has been named CSF director of development.

“It is an honor to join CSF. I am pleased to introduce CSF to Greenwich and Fairfield County and thankful for the support of the Greenwich community in our launch plans,” Ms. Carthaus said.

The Sept. 26 reception will allow attendees to enjoy artist Peter Tunney’s work in the gallery and fabulous views of Greenwich from its roof-top deck. The event sponsor, Theory, located next door to the gallery, will host personal styling and shopping for guests during the event and will donate 20% of the sales to benefit CSF. Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine and former New York Yankee John Ellis are expected to be on hand for the event.

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