HAMDEN, Conn. - Members of the Quinnipiac Women's Ice Hockey team will be at Stop & Shop in Hamden, Conn. on Saturday, Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to collect toys for Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary's Toy Closet Program. Cash donations will also be accepted.
The event was organized by Hamden native Bethany Dymarcyzk, who will be a junior at Quinnipiac next year. She will be joined by ECAC Hockey Rookie and Goalie of the Year Victoria Vigilanti (Woodbridge, Ontario), Regan Boulton (Brandon, Manitoba) and Chelsea Illchuk (Lockport, Manitoba).
"When I was admitted to the hospital as a child, I always had a toy from the Toy Closet," Dymarczyk said. "I want to make sure all kids in there have toys to make their stay a little more enjoyable."
The Bobcats are coming off their most successful season in program history that was capped off by the No. 10 national ranking in the USCHO.com poll. The Bobcats posted one of the largest turnarounds in college hockey history, bouncing back from a three-win season in 2008-09 to winning 19 games in 2009-10 and hosting a first-round playoff series for the first time in Quinnipiac history.
The Yale-New Haven Hospital Auxiliary's Toy Closets program was developed to provide new, age-appropriate and educational toys to pediatric patients at the Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital. Founded in 1993 by Ann Nyberg, WTNH News Channel 8 anchorwoman, the Toy Closets help insure that pediatric patients come away from their hospitalization with a pleasant memory. In addition, the toys serve as gifts for special occasions such as birthdays and holiday celebrations for hospitalized children.
Toys, gifts and financial contributions are needed throughout the year. The success of the Toy Closets program is directly related to community involvement. The Auxiliary encourages schools, organizations and businesses to make the program the recipient of their community-minded efforts. (Courtesy of ynhh.org)