We provide a variety of programs and activities to bring the community together in support of services for children and families. We are a conduit for fostering open and positive discussion among various segments of the West Hartford community.

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Children's Charity Ball


2024 Children's Charity Ball Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Our 25th Annual Children's Charity Ball celebrates the positive impact the Bridge has on the lives of children, adults, and families who turn to us for care. This year's event was held on Saturday, March 9 at our new venue Farmington Gardens. As in past years, the event featured unique live and silent auctions, dinner and speaking program, and dancing.

Funds raised through the Ball reach far and wide and touch more than 9,000 people who are helped by the Bridge each year. Our programs and services are as diverse as the people we serve. By sponsoring and attending the Ball you impact many lives, in many ways, every day:

  • School-aged children will receive the support they need to develop emotionally and socially.
  • Teens living in our shelters will strengthen their self-esteem.
  • Young adults will acquire skills and resources to live independently.
  • Little ones will learn through play.
  • Couples and families will repair relationships.
  • Parents will work on reunification with their children.

All of us will benefit from your concern and compassion!

To view photos from this year's Ball, visit the Photo Gallery online and use the password "bridge".

For more information, please contact Doreen Tarascio at 860.521.8035


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Breakfast on the Bridge

Breakfast on the Bridge, a 35-year tradition, is an opportunity for individuals who work with children and families in West Hartford to kick off a new year of collaboration. It signifies the start of the school year, gives old friends a chance to catch up, and provides an opportunity to meet new people and share ideas. Each year, the annual Build No Fences Award is presented to an individual who sees no boundaries and works collaboratively with child advocates to support young people and families.

This year, Helen Rubino-Turco, Director of Social Services and Leisure Services for the Town of West Hartford received this award. "Over the years, Helen has become my respected friend and colleague. Her heart is ALWAYS in the right place and it is never about her - it is about doing the right thing for the people who need us. Helen's kindness to others is not boastful: it is understated and unwavering, given quietly without hesitation. We are fortunate to have Helen in our lives and as part of the Bridge family," remarked Margaret Hann.

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View of the Bridge

Learn more about our work

Want to see the Bridge up close? Please join us for an informational program to hear key staff tell "stories from the trenches" about the Bridge's work in our community. Views are one-hour morning programs held throughout the year.

Over coffee and pastries, small groups of community members gather for an inside look at the Bridge. Come meet Executive Director Margaret Hann and members of the Bridge management team. You will learn about our many programs, their impact in the community, and how you can get involved.

The View is not a fundraiser.

Upcoming Views will be held on:  

  • April 11, 2024
  • May 9, 2024

For more information or to attend a "View," please contact Doreen Tarascio, Director of Development and Communications at 860.521.8035 ext. 1108.