Connie’s Bakery Thanks Marines in Quantico, Virginia

On Thursday, February 18, 2010 Connie’s Bakery participated in the second annual “Storybook Fantasy Night” by donating brownies which were distributed to the fifty children who were in attendance. The Fantasy Night took place at The Clubs of Quantico, Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Virginia. In addition to the fifty children there were 25 parents and an another 25 support people there to either help with the event or as presenters providing information about useful organizations found at the Quantico Marine Corps Base.

After the buffet dinner the children went to different corners around the room to listen to a volunteer, dressed like their favorite fairy tale character reading their favorite fairy tale book. At twenty minute intervals the children moved to the next corner to listen to another story. At the end of the reading session the children were given a ticket to trade for a book from Marine Corps Community Service (MCCS) and the books which were also donated by Nieman Marcus.

At the end of the evening each family was given a brown container containing a delicious brownie from Connie’s Bakery. The donation was a way to say thank you to the Marines and their families for the sacrifices that they are all making in service to their country. Coordinated through Connie Milstein and the Blue Star Family organization, “Storybook Fantasy Night” was a great success judging by the grateful, heart-warming reactions the families expressed as the evening came to a close.

Connie Milstein is Force Behind New Heart Center in New York

This past January the newest and most advanced cardiac treatment center opened its doors. The Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center is the latest achievement accomplished by Connie Milstein to establish a state-of- the-art cardiac research and treatment center at the prestigious New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The $260 million facility on the Upper West Side opened up on February 1st after an explosion of heart shaped streamers filled the air at the dedication ceremony which was attended by Connie Milstein and her brother Philip, who donated $50 million of the cost of the enterprise. Dr. Herbert Pardes was also in attendance. Dr. Pardes is the President and Chief Executive of the hospital. He explained at the ceremony why the Milstein center is such an important addition to health care quality in the New York area:

“We’ve been having more and more demand, and we need the facility to back it up. (With the construction and completion and opening of the new facility) we have an extraordinary improvement in technology for heart disease.”

Heart’s Delight Welcomes Connie Milstein as Chair

Each year the American Heart Association hosts a delightful three day program called Heart’s Delight.  This program includes fantastic food and wine, and a fundraising auction for the American Heart Association.

Events planned for this year include a Private Dinner Series at embassies, restaurants and private homes around Washington D.C. on May 6, 2010; a Vintners Dinner on May 7; and the Grand Tastings and Auctions on May 8th.  The Grand Tastings and Auctions include seated tastings, food and wine classes, chefs stations, wine stations, a silent auction, a live auction, and a cheese and dessert course.

This year, the American Heart Association is honored to have Connie Milstein serving as the 2010 Chairman of the Heart’s Delight program.  Her dedication to heart research is constant and unwavering.

Connie Milstein – Belfer Center

Connie Milstein was an International Council Member of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

The Belfer Center is part of Harvard University’s Kennedy School where research, teaching and training in security affairs on a global level are conducted; and where policy on science, technology, environmental and resource issues are discussed and formulated.

The mission of the Belfer Center can be divided into two main areas:

1.    To provide the leadership needed in our rapidly changing world to allow experts to have the information at their fingertips to set policy in critical areas of international relevance, such as security, science, technology, environmental and other areas where modern issues intersect with international policy.

2.    Educate, train and prepare the future leadership with the skills and understanding to provide leadership in these complex and critical areas.

The fundamental assumptions of the Belfer Center are that science and technology are driving forces always transforming not only the challenges the world faces but also providing the opportunities for finding solutions.