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The Heart of Rock & Roll Offers Exciting Evening at Allen Tree Farm in Brooklyn

September 16, 2009

Day Kimball Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center Partners with The Great Garage Band Reunion to Promote Healthy Hearts

PUTNAM, CT –Day Kimball Healthcare is pleased to announce the second annual Heart of Rock & Roll event on Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Allen Hill Tree Farm in Brooklyn, CT. The event’s Heart Healthy sponsor is Putnam Bank and features The Great Garage Band Reunion playing tunes from the 60’s and 70’s. Proceeds will benefit Day Kimball Hospital’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center with the purchase a replacement Lifecycle recumbent exercise bike used to help cardiac rehabilitation patients improve their heart health.

The Heart of Rock & Roll event includes a full dinner, raffles, prizes and the chance to dance the night away. Guests may bring their own alcoholic beverages. Tickets are $25 per person tickets and are available by contacting the Day Kimball Development office at 860-928-7141 or the Cardiopulmonary Rehab Center at 860-963-6315.

Carol Artiaco, RN, clinical coordinator of Day Kimball’s Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center said,” Last year’s event was so successful and enjoyable that the band members and guests said they would love to do it again. These events are a great benefit to our patients and I couldn’t be more grateful for everyone’s efforts and generosity.”

This year’s event offers a special dessert competition where everyone is invited to bring their favorite homemade dessert to be sampled by a panel of distinguished judges. Judges include WINY’s Gary O, Day Kimball’s Bob Smanik, Dr. Lisa Canter and Brooklyn Selectman George Meehan. The winning dessert will be awarded bragging rights and prizes.

In 2002, The Great Garage Band Reunion came together with four musicians who performed in the original Great Garage Band that formed back in 1963. The band was on hiatus since 1966. As a self proclaimed horn band with six lead vocalists and many new members and friends, the Band boasts of an enthusiastic and energetic spirit with a love for entertaining large crowds.

Jim Milliard and Tory Averna are two of the original band members who became part of the cardiopulmonary rehab ‘family’ at Day Kimball in 2007 when 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 of his experience. “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.”

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