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Launch of Hogan's Hope Children's Book
Sep
7
10:00 AM10:00

Launch of Hogan's Hope Children's Book

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Illustration in Children’s Book, “Hogan’s Hope: Finding a Forever Home of Love and Acceptance.

Book Launch for children’s book, Hogan’s Hope: Finding a Forever Home of Love and Acceptance.

Connie Bombaci brings her multi-award-winning book, Hogan’s Hope, to children of all ages. The first of her children’s editions, Hogan’s Hope: Finding a Forever Home of Love and Acceptance, will launch at this year’s Parmelee Farm Artisan Market on September 7, 2019 from 10 AM to 3 PM.  

Bombaci decided to write the first of her children’s book after countless requests from readers of her award-winning books, Hogan’s Hope: A Deaf Hero’s Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance (secular edition) and Hogan’s Hope: A Deaf Dog, A Courageous Journey, and A Christian’s Faith (Christian edition).

Hogan, a rescued deaf pup, provides the inspiration to hold tight to our faith and persevere through the challenges of hardship, prejudice, discrimination, or handicap. His success reveals that all things are possible with hope and that each one of us, no matter what, is worthy of rescue, love, acceptance, and a forever home.

In this children’s edition, younger children journey with Hogan as he hopes for his forever home where is accepted and loved despite his deafness. They learn that everyone is worthy, no matter what, and that they must hold onto their own hope.

Saved from neglect when he was only eighteen-months-old, Hogan realized his hope for a forever, loving home and received whole-hearted understanding of his unique characteristics. Bombaci shares that success can happen regardless of our individual differences and that being different makes each one of us very special.  She encourages children to be kind and to always hold onto their hope and belief that dreams really do come true.  With hope, anything is possible.

Hogan’s Hope has received a multitude of awards some of which include the 2019 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal for Inspirational, Readers’ Favorite Gold for Animals/Pets, 2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal for Animals/Pets, Readers’ Favorite Bronze for Christian Non-Fiction, Christian Independent Publishers Association Winner of Biography/Memoir, and Dan Poynter Legacy Award for Non-Fiction.

Rescued from severe neglect, this heroic dog

Hogan’s incredible success led to TV appearances on Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline NBC, and Amazing Tails.  

Bombaci states, “Hogan’s story continues to provide the hope. His courage to overcome challenges and prejudice continues to give inspiration to anyone, human or animal, of any age and with any difference, that accomplishment, success, and genuine love are truly possible. Success can happen regardless of the circumstances, and we are worthy of acceptance and love. He taught me how to live my life as a courageous journey, and I want his life to be ‘A gift that keeps on giving.’”

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Hogan’s Hope: Finding a Forever Home of Love and Acceptance illustration.

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Woofstock 2019
Aug
10
12:00 PM12:00

Woofstock 2019

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Award-Winning author, Connie Bombaci, with be in attendance with her ambassador and deaf pup, Judea. Visitors will be able to get their own personalized copy of her book, Hogan's Hope, and help benefit the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter.

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The Woofwalk starts at the Branford Green ! It is about a 2 mile walk! Registration is $25.00 and you can register http://www.woofstockonthebranfordgreen.org/woofwalk

You will receive a T Shirt, Bandana for the pup, and water is provided for both you and your furry friend!

Branford's Hippie Dog Costume Contest is Brandforddite your dog contest this year! Dress your dog up with what Branford represents for you- lobsters, blue herons, boats, stony creek brewery, Indian Neck, Stony Creek, the list goes on and on!

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Cheshire Strawberry Festival & Craft Fair
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Cheshire Strawberry Festival & Craft Fair

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Hogan's Hope will be attending the annual Cheshire Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair. This award-winning book will be available for purchase and specially personalized by the author. With Father's Day coming, this makes a wonderful gift.

Every summer for more than 80 years, thousands of people converge on the historic Church Green to enjoy the time-honored tradition of the festival and fair.

It's conveniently located for easy access alongside CT Route 10.

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Hogan's Hope helps Adoption
May
18
10:00 AM10:00

Hogan's Hope helps Adoption

The multi award-winning book, Hogan's Hope, will be at this year's Shoreline Spring Festival & Pet Adoption. Creations by Sandra will be complementing the booth with beautiful, hand-painted glassware. Visitors can obtain author-signed copies as a very special edition to their book collection or as thoughtful gifts for family and friends. Add a unique and very special glass as well. Portions of the profits from the sales will be donated to our deployed soldiers and animal rescue.

Come enjoy a walk on the Madison Green, meet the author, and get a special author-signed copy of Hogan's Hope. Remember, as an added bonus, you can get a complementing glass or mug to sip your favorite beverage as you read!

60 artisan booths and specialty foods will offer a variety of items for visitors.

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Many dogs and cats seeking new homes hosted by the Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter.

See you there 🐾🐾❤️

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Hogan's Hope travels to Delaware for May Fair
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Hogan's Hope travels to Delaware for May Fair

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Connie Bombaci will be traveling to this wonderful crafts fair with her companion, Judea, who demonstrates what wonderful four-legged members of the family deaf dogs can be. Personalized copies of the multi-award winning book, Hogan's Hope, will be available for purchase with all profits being donated to local missions.


Come join the fun! And... enjoy a delightful visit to a hometown fair. Bake sale, Attic Treasures, Plants, Decorative note card, Specialty food items, Books, Games and more will be available to help get ready for Mother's and Father's Day. Of course, these items make wonderful gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, or any other celebration

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Holiday Book Signing
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Holiday Book Signing

Local Connecticut authors are coming together for an afternoon of holiday book signing. Visitors will be able to purchase very special gifts for friends and family. Nationally recognized author, Tish Rabe, of Cats n the Hat, will be in attendance along with internationally award-winning author, Connie Bombaci of Hogan's Hope.

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H-K Crafts Fair
Dec
1
9:00 AM09:00

H-K Crafts Fair

  • Haddam-Killingworth Middle School (map)
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Connie Bombaci, Killingworth's award-winning author, will be present at this year's H-K Craft Fair signing her book, Hogan's Hope.

Craft fair with over 80 vendors selling homemade jewelry, artwork, books, gift baskets, dolls, home decor, folk art, pottery, knitted items, soaps and candles, and much more. No 3rd party vendors are accepted.

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Oct
27
to Oct 28

Hartford Pet Expo - 2 days!

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The award-winning book, Hogan's Hope, will be returning to the 2018 Family Pet Expo in Hartford. Author Connie Bombaci states, "Profits from our sales will be donated to the Connecticut Humane Society. Hogan was rescued by the CHS where we were able to adopt this extraordinary pup who brought great hope and inspiration to lives of so many. We want his legacy to continue."

“Dive into this wonderful book and learn more about this intrepid pair as well as the power of love and persistence against seemingly stacked odds. Sit! Read! Enjoy!” 
-–Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Professor Emeritus, Animal Behaviorist, Tufts University

“One of the most emotionally satisfying and enriching books I have ever read”
- Rosie Malezer, Readers Favorite


Hogan's Hope is a multi-award-winner.
2018 Benjamin Franklin Book Awards Silver Medal for Animals/Pet
2018 Dan Poynter Legacy Award for Non-fiction
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Book Trailer
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Winner for Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Inspirational Non-Fiction
2018 International Book Awards, Finalist for Narrative Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2017 Best Book Awards, Finalist for Animals/Pets

"We are looking forward to continuing the Connecticut Pet show, with some improvements and additional shows within our show! First and foremost we have moved the show to a pet-friendly facility so now pet parents can bring their well-behaved leashed pets with them,” said Dennis Garetano of Family Pet Shows. Garetano went on to say, “We have pets attend all our other shows in Pennsylvania and New York – everything from dogs, cats, pot-bellied pigs, miniature horses, ferrets – so we are very happy to make the CT show pet-friendly now!" The show will stay in Hartford and has been moved to the XL Center in 2017, making the show pet-friendly and at a larger facility to offer more to Connecticut pet lovers. “The Pet Show has always been the premier event for Connecticut pet lovers. As our business expands we realized the Connecticut Pet Show would be best produced by Family Pet Shows, as they are the experts producing stellar pet events. We feel the Garetano’s are positioned to take the Connecticut Pet Show to the next level,” stated Wesley Jenks, Vice President of Jenks Productions.

Family Pet Shows has been producing consumer pet shows for more than 20 years and currently have 3 shows in Pennsylvania (Greater Philadelphia Pet Expo in Oaks PA, Lehigh Valley Pet Expo in Allentown, PA and the Morgantown Pet Expo in PA) , 2 shows on Long Island, (Long Island Pet Expo in the Park, every September in Copiague, NY and their larger show Long Island Pet Expo, every March at Suffolk Community College in Brentwood, NY). Family Pet Shows is excited having the Connecticut Pet Show as a big event on their roster.

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Hogan's Hope at the Big E
Sep
22
1:30 PM13:30

Hogan's Hope at the Big E

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The Big E is a great event for everyone of all ages. From agriculture, car shows, horse exhibits, crafts, food, and BOOKS! 

The award-winning author, Connie Bombaci, will be signing her book, Hogan's Hope, in the Connecticut Building. Personalized copies make wonderful gifts, and attendees can get a very special present as well as an early start on holiday shopping.

Hogan's Hope is the inspirational story of a deaf dog who escaped death during the time when the prevalent belief was that deaf dogs needed to be destroyed. It is the tale of a legendary deaf canine champion who endured severe abuse and prevailed as he turned upside down the myths of deaf dogs being dumb, difficult to train, and harmful. Hogan learned over seventy words in American Sign Language, engaged in normal puppy activities, and provided the hope of life, not death for deaf dogs worldwide. Through perseverance and enduring hope, Hogan's courage provided inspiration to anyone, human or pet, that success and genuine love are truly possible. This heroic deaf dog continues to reveal that by choosing hope, anyone's dreams can come true, and the world can be filled with steadfast faith, pure joy, and unconditional love. It's a story like none other.

Profits from the sales of the book, Hogan's Hope, will be donated to non-profit animal organizations such as the CT Humane Society and deployed service personnel. 

“Dive into this wonderful book and learn more about this intrepid pair as well as the power of love and persistence against seemingly stacked odds. Sit! Read! Enjoy!” 
-–Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Professor Emeritus, Animal Behaviorist, Tufts University

“One of the most emotionally satisfying and enriching books I have ever read”
- Rosie Malezer, Readers FavoriteHogan appeared on television shows including Dateline NBC, Oprah Winfrey, Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Amazing Tails, and others.
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Hogan’s Hope has received numerous awards and recognitions including: 
2018 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Medalist
2018 Dan Poynter Legacy Award, for all Non-Fiction
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Book Trailer
2018 Global Ebook Awards, Gold for Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award, Winner for Animals/Pets
2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Finalist for Inspirational Non-Fiction
2018 International Book Awards, Finalist for Narrative Non-Fiction Animals/Pets
2017 Kindle Promos First Place
2017 Best Book Award-winning Finalist
Readers’ Favorite Five-Star review
The Book Designer’s Gold Star for eBook Cover

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Book Signing by the Sea
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Book Signing by the Sea

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Connie Bombaci will be signing her award-winning book, Hogan's Hope, at the Sun Rose Bookstore in her family's favorite vacation spot, Ocean City, New Jersey. This book signing is extra special and is hosted by the 2017 Best in Community Service. Customers enjoy a wide array of items from words to music.

 Connie's family has been vacationing in this beautiful town since the 1920's and continues annually with large gatherings of parents, children, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, and more. Be sure to mark your calendars now! Connie loves meeting new readers and thanks this beautiful, welcoming establishment.

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Tell Me Another: Tails
Apr
21
6:30 PM18:30

Tell Me Another: Tails

  • CT Humane Society @The Town and County Club (map)
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Connie Bombaci was selected in the audition to present a "tail" from Hogan's Hope.

Connie Bombaci was selected in the audition to present a "tail" from Hogan's Hope.

Anyone who loves a good story is in for a real treat. And if you love animals? Even better.

Seats are on sale now for “Tell Me Another: Tails,” a storytelling show set for Saturday, April 21, 6:30 to 10 p.m., benefiting Connecticut Humane Society pets. Eight storytellers will take to the stage at the Town and County Club, 22 Woodland St., Hartford, to share personal tales (err, tails) of life experiences that all center around animals, according to a press release from the Humane Society.

These aren’t once-upon-a-time, happily-ever-after fairytale stories. They’re personal, they’re emotional, they’re cry-from-laughing-so-hard hilarious, and they’re all real.

Along with a great show, guests can also look forward to delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and a silent auction (think getaways, works of art and culinary packages). The evening includes free on-site parking.

All funds raised at the storytelling event will benefit lifesaving care of pets at CHS. Pets like Norman, a 3-year-old cat found outside as a stray who needed eye surgery in CHS’ medical department and has gone to a new, loving home. And like Mandi, a 10-year-old bulldog/boxer mix who had a mass removed and was monitored for a heart murmur at CHS before finding her new family.

With each pet at CHS receiving full-service medical treatment — ranging from spays, neuters and vaccinations to more complex expert care — by a staff veterinary team, funds for medical care are needed more than ever before. Proceeds from “Tell Me Another: Tails” will support this lifesaving medical attention.

Reserve seats at chstails.auction-bid.org. Anyone interested in nabbing one of the eight storyteller spots can pitch a personal story to CHS by visiting bit.ly/TellYourAnimalStory. Five winners with great stories will be chosen for the opportunity and workshop their piece with Terry Wolfisch Cole, one of the event’s three featured storytellers.

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