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FOR RELEASE: 8/12/2011Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637
kjcapp@bpthosp.org

Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin Robbins Community Foundation donates Starlight Fun Center to Bridgeport Hospital


Thanks to the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin Robbins Community Foundation (DDBRCF), children at Bridgeport Hospital have a new way to pass the time as they recover. The hospital is the recipient of a new Starlight Fun Center. The Starlight Fun Center includes a Nintendo Wii and Sharp AQUOS LCD television and is portable so it can offer entertainment to sick children who can’t leave their bedside.

The unit was unveiled at an Aug. 8 dedication in the hospital which was attended by representatives from Starlight Children’s Foundation and DDBRCF. Starlight serves thousands of children who suffer from a wide range of critical, chronic, and life-threatening diseases and disabilities.

“We are so pleased to have such a wonderful partner that is passionate about bettering the lives of seriously ill children,” said Elaine Siver, executive director of Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT. “Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin Robbins Community Foundation is helping us to continue to reach over 275,000 children in the tri-state area each year with our programs and services. The Fun Center in Bridgeport Hospital will continue to bring smiles to the faces of sick children on a daily basis.”

A Fun Center is a mobile entertainment unit that includes a Nintendo Wii system, a DVD player, and a Sharp AQUOS LCD television.

Fun Centers let users control the action through the motion of the Wii Remote. Its design allows kids, even those who aren’t able to leave their beds or who have limited motion, to play with ease. With that, the Fun Centers can even be used to encourage children to do their physical therapy and motor coordination exercises.

Playing a video game or watching a movie helps pass the time, but studies have also shown that other benefits include perceived decreased pain and anxiety, a greater willingness to return for treatment, and alleviation of stress, loneliness and isolation that often accompany prolonged illness. Hospitals report that Fun Center use may even result in a reduced need for pain medication.

“We appreciate the generosity of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin Robbins Community Foundation,” said Stephen M. Jakab, CFRE, president of the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation. “Gifts such as the Starlight Fun Center help our staff keep young patients occupied while they receive care the hospital.”

About Starlight Children’s Foundation NY*NJ*CT: The Starlight Children’s Foundation makes a world of difference for seriously ill children and their families. Since 1985, the NY*NJ*CT chapter has been offering hope and a brighter future. The goal of the Starlight Children’s Foundation is to help these children experience the simple joys of being a child. Each year, Starlight serves over 275,000 critically, chronically, and terminally ill children throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Some of Starlight’s most unique programs include Great Escapes, special outings for children and their families, STARBRIGHT World, a private online community for teens who are living with chronic diseases to connect, Hospital Happenings, including themed parties, toys, and visits from entertainers. For more information on the Starlight Children’s Foundation of NY*NJ*CT, please log on to www.starlight-newyork.org.

For more information, contact Lauren Zaccardi, Director of Public Relations, Marketing, & Communications, Starlight Foundation, 212-354-2878 or Lauren@starlightnyc.org.


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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.