Carl and Dorothy Bennett Medical Center
Longtime friends and supporters of the Hospital and this community, Carl and Dorothy Bennett exemplify commitment, caring and dedication. Their willingness to give to help others is a shining example for all of us to follow.
The Bennett’s relationship with Stamford Hospital began in 1974 when Carl was asked to join the Hospital’s board of directors. From 1976 – 1989 Carl served as Board Director of the Hospital and during his tenure he and Dorothy began their extraordinary journey of giving. Their first major gift in 1976 helped purchase what was then considered a state-of-the-art computerized tomography (CT) scanner. The Bennett’s support continued and they made their next gift in the early 1980’s to support the capital campaign called The Building Fund.
In 1992, Dorothy and Carl gave the lead gift to build and open the “Carl and Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center.” Shortly after the opening of the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Cancer Center, Carl and longtime friend and fellow board director, Dan Tully, co-chaired the first fundraising Corporate Invitational golf tournament to benefit the Bennett Cancer Center. The golf tournament, now the Carl Bennett and Dan Tully Invitational Golf Outing, is still held today and raising money for cancer research.
In 2000, Dorothy and Carl made yet another significant gift to The Campaign for Stamford Health Systems when the hospital built the Whittingham Pavilion and razed St. Joseph’s Medical Center and created the Tully Health Center. The Bennett’s record breaking contribution to the campaign was honored by naming of the entire Stamford Hospital campus, “The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Medical Center.”
Fifteen years later Stamford Health approached Carl asking for support of Healing Reimagined – The Campaign for Stamford Hospital. The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Foundation expanded on its long-time commitment to Stamford Health by making yet another transformational donation. This gift not only supporting the construction of the new hospital building but also funded the seamless integration between the inpatient and outpatient oncology experience ensuring that our cancer patients receive the best possible care.
“I’m glad the Bennett Cancer Center has been such a tremendous resource for patients,” said Carl. “But the greatest reward for us has always been the unexpected gratitude from people, even strangers, about what has been made possible by the care and comfort provided there.