A festive evening to honor accomplished individuals from Greater New Haven, Elm City Legends, presented by Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, celebrates its 7th year in 2014. The distinguished class of award winners will be honored, and guests will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner with an ocean view, live and silent auction action, and our very special Fund the Mission initiative. Tickets are $85 per person or $800 for a reserved table of 10. For more information about tickets and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Laura Gervais at 860-815-9356.
Congratulations to the 2014 class of Elm City Legends:
DR. RICHARD A. EHRENKRANZ, M.D.
Since completing his medical training and fellowship in neonatology in 1978, Dr. Ehrenkranz, affectionately known as “Rich”, has worked relentlessly to improve the care of newborns. He is a board certified Neonatologist at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and their Interim Director, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Rich is also a Professor of Pediatrics and Interim Chief, Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, at Yale University School of Medicine. He is a much sought out worldwide speaker on the topic of neonatal nutrition.
Mike holds every national and international body building award, including Mr. America, Mr. Universe, Mr. Olympia, and Mr. World, and has been a professional football player with the NY Jets. He has appeared in several movies co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Pumping Iron), Sally Field, and Jeff Bridges. He was a teacher at Hamden High School for 35 years, where he also played hockey and then went on to become the team’s assistant coach. He was inducted into the Hamden High Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, and named “Man of the Year” at the Oak Street reunion. Mike has been an active volunteer for CT Special Olympics, and he was inducted into the New Haven Gridiron Club Hall of Fame in ‘96. He is the co-owner of five Planet Fitness health clubs in CT.
JOCELYN MAMINTA & GARY DOYENS ~ CAROLINE’S ROOM
Emmy Award nominated News 8 Medical Reporter Jocelyn Maminta and her husband Gary know firsthand the tragedy of prematurity, as their daughter Caroline was born too soon and died after two months in the neonatal intensive care. From this traumatic experience, they learned of the need for a place in the NICU where families can go to find peace, privacy, and comfort. That was the inspiration behind the creation of Caroline’s Room across the country, offering NICU families a calm place for quiet reflection, consultation, and grieving.
Bill Celentano has been a New Haven funeral director for over fifty years. The Celentano family has contributed much to the City of New Haven. Bill’s father, William Celentano Sr., was Mayor of New Haven during the 50’s, and his uncle, Dr. Luca Celentano, has a hospital wing named after him at Yale. A school has also been named for his father. Bill is the author of “New Haven Firefighters” published by Arcadia Publishers in their “Images of America”, and is a member of the Hospital of Saint Raphael Foundation. He was executive secretary of the New Haven Jaycees and New Haven Pops concerts in 1969-1970.
Bob was a three sport athlete at West Haven High School playing football, baseball, and basketball. He was inducted into the West Haven Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. He has received a “Gold Bat” from the West Haven Twilight League and was inducted into the Southern Connecticut Diamond Baseball Club “Hall of Fame.” Bob has received many other athletic awards including the 1954 Twilight League batting title batting 471. In 1955, Bob was awarded the Silver Cup for Athletics and Sportsmanship. He has been a member of the Twilight League as a player and Director for over 50 years, and has received many civic awards such as the “West Shore Fireman of the Year“ and “West Haven Civitan Community Service Award”. He served in the US Marine Corps from 1956-1958.
Frank’s basketball career began at West Haven High School in the late ‘70’s, where he was First Team All District (LL), all time leading scorer (1,435 points), and 2007 Hall of Fame inductee. He then went on to play at Quinnipiac College (now University) and was two time all New England selection (1,816 points) and 1987 Hall of Fame Inductee. In 1985-86, he played professional basketball in France and England, and then went on to play with the Washington Generals and Harlem Globetrotters from 1987-89. Frank completed 20 years as a State of CT Juvenile Detention & Adult Probation Officer, and currently works for Yale University at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.