Day Kimball Healthcare Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center Joins the Great Garage Band Reunion in Fundraiser


Members of the Heart of Rock & Roll committee and the GGBR. Front L-R: Donna Brown, Carol Artiaco, Brenda Rich-Pike. Back L-R: Tory Averna, John O’Keefe, Jim Milliard, Cassie Roto.

Guests enjoying themselves at the second annual Heart of Rock & Roll event.

PUTNAM, CT –The second annual Heart of Rock & Roll fundraiser recently raised over $6,500 for Day Kimball’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center. The Great Garage Band Reunion (GGBR) played hits to a sold out crowd of over 170 guests at Allen Hill Tree Farm in Brooklyn.

The proceeds will purchase two new pieces of exercise equipment replacing a recumbent bicycle and an upper body cycle. “Upgrading our equipment and having two more state-of-the-art exercise machines available to our patients is extremely important to us,” said Carol Artiaco, RN, clinical coordinator of Day Kimball’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center. “As always we appreciate the support from donors, sponsors and community members. Their support really makes a difference.”

The evening included dinner and dancing with food prepared by chef, Frank Cameron, who is also a cardiopulmonary rehabilitation patient. This year, there were three times as many patients who attended along with a number of Day Kimball employees, other community members and GGBR fans.

Jim Milliard and Tory Averna are two of the original band members who became part of the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation ‘family’ at Day Kimball. Two years ago, Milliard and Averna both suffered heart attacks within five weeks of each other. For 12 weeks, Day Kimball’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center became a large part of their recovery. “I really enjoyed going to rehab,” said Tory Averna. “I was nervous at first, but the employees are so warm and welcoming that it was easy. It was a workout that didn’t feel like one and I looked forward to going.”

PUTNAM BANK was the event sponsor. Other sponsors were Hawes Construction and Northeast Connecticut Cardiology Associates. The committee’s hard work and dedication to the event made it a success as well as the following: The Langevin family at Allen Hill Tree Farm, Frank Cameron and his crew, GGBR, numerous raffle donors, Central Coffee Company, East Brooklyn Fire Department, Lee Konicki and Putnam Police, and Don Pike Photography. For more information about Day Kimball’s cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program visit www.daykimball.org or call 860-963-6315.