The Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary hosted its Looking Forward Fashion Show on June 5, 2023. In addition to being an event sponsor, Lori’s was represented by several team members from area gift shops who attended the fundraiser. Nearly 500 people gathered at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven for the event, which raised over $25,000 in support of the Looking Forward Program.

 Part of the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, the program directly funds services that help cancer patients cope with the many issues related to their treatment. Through the Integrative Medicine Dept., patients are supported during their treatment with programs including energy balancing, yoga, massage therapy, guided imagery, medical Pilates, holistic nutrition, and emotional support services at Smilow Cancer Center.

 The models are cancer survivors, patients undergoing treatment, and oncology doctors and nurses. Lori’s Hospital Partner, Hymie Glick, president-elect of the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary, is a five-year prostate cancer survivor. Hymie walked in honor of his father Bernie who died of pancreatic cancer, and his sister Amy, a breast cancer/lymphoma survivor.

 Lori’s Northern Regional District Manager, Jessica Brunelle, expressed how moved she was by the event, saying, “It was truly an honor to be at the event, to hear such amazing stories of strength, courage and hope. These models looked amazing, but their beauty shined more from the stories they told of the relationships they formed with Yale and the Smilow Center program throughout their recovery journey. The night was full of smiles, as well as laughter through tears.”


ABOVE:  Lori’s Hospital Partner, Hymie Glick, president-elect of the Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary

FAR RIGHT: Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary’s Looking Forward Fashion Show, L to R:

Christin Plourde, Manager Store 625; Jessica Brunelle, District Manager; Diane Ferrucci, Manager Store 188; Melissa Philbrick, Manager Store 514