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Date Event Description Time / Location

Quilts that Care Fourth Annual Celebration

The Quilts that Care, Inc. Fourth Annual Celebration will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at The Village at East Farms, 180 Scott Road, Waterbury. WATR Radio personality Tom Hill will emcee.
Quilts that Care, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, makes and donates quilts to people who undergo cancer treatment at eleven Connecticut cancer facilities. Mission: wrapping cancer patients and their families in comfort and hope, one quilt at a time.
The event will include hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, entertainment, and a chance drawing.
Tickets are $35. For tickets, call 860-782-1043, visit, or email
INFO 5pm-8pm, The Village at East Farms, Watebury

2016 Thrive Young Professionals Launch / LGB Class 28 Welcome Reception

Please join the Bridgeport Regional Business Council and Leadership Greater Bridgeport as we launch, Thrive - Bridgeport Young Professionals and the Leadership Greater Bridgeport Class 28 Welcome Reception. VIP Young professional newcomers to the region and introduce the members of LGB Class 28.

On Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the University of Bridgeport - Tower Room @ The Arnold Bernhard Arts & Humanities Center at 5:30 pm. Appetizers and Open Bar, included. The Cost is $20.

Sponsored by: People's United Bank, Bridgeport Fittings, Inc., Ganim Financial and Vivial.

Registration required by October 1. Make reservations at For additional information, call 203.335.3800. Come out and support Thrive and Leadership Greater Bridgeport!!!

INFO 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Arnold Bernhard Arts and Humanities Center 84 Iranistan Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604

Shatterproof Challenge Rappel

Over a Hundred to Rappel Off Beacon Harbor Point in Stamford

To Show Support for Ending Addiction Crisis


Nonprofit Shatterproof to bring together advocates to raise funds to end the stigma of addiction.

  Shatterproof, a national non-profit dedicated to reducing the devastation that addiction to prescription drugs, illicit drugs, and alcohol causes to families, announced today it will host a public rappel 22 stories off of the Beacon Harbor Point in Stamford on Saturday, October 8. The fundraiser will bring new attention to the opioid epidemic, which kills 30,000 Americans every year as overdose-related death rates continue to rise.  


It is part of the third annual Shatterproof Challenge Rappel, a series of rappel events across major cities with hundreds of participants. This year’s Challenge kicked off in Dallas on May 21 and has already raised over $2 million.


“The Shatterproof Challenge brings people together to conquer their fears,” said Shatterproof founder and CEO Gary Mendell. “The hardest step in recovery is the first one – just like in a rappel. After that, it’s one step at a time until you safely hit the ground surrounded by friends and family.”


What:            Rappelling from the Beacon Harbor Point


When:             Saturday, October 8th beginning at 9:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m.


Where:           1 Harbor Point Drive


Who:             Gary Mendell, founder and CEO, Shatterproof (founder, former CEO, HEI Hotels & Resort)

100+ rappelling participants with personal stories of addiction

100+ community members, business leaders, advocates


This event is open to the public.


*To request an interview prior to the event with Shatterproof leadership or select participants with personal stories of addiction, contact Stephanie Reichin at


 To register to rappel, visit


About Gary Mendell:

Gary Mendell is the founder and CEO of Shatterproof. Mr. Mendell founded Shatterproof to spare others the tragedy his family suffered with the death of his son Brian, who lost his battle with addiction in 2011. Mr. Mendell is the founder and former CEO of HEI Hotels & Resort and the former president of Starwood Lodging Trust.


About Shatterproof:

Shatterproof is a national organization committed to protecting loved ones from addiction to illicit and prescription drugs, and alcohol, and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. Shatterproof provides information and resources for those living with addiction and their families, enabling powerful new evidence-based approaches to prevention, treatment and recovery, and takes the issue to the steps of Capitol Hill.




INFO 9am-4pm, Beacon Harbor Point, 1 Harbor Point Drive, Stamford, CT

6th Annual Passport to Sandy Hook

Come explore food, shopping, and attractions in Sandy Hook Village. Discounts, samples, music, and fun activities for the whole family. Pick up a passport at the firetruck, get it stamped everywhere you visit, visit every merchant and enter to win one of 3 great prizes valued at over $3000! Don't miss this awesome event!

INFO 11am-4pm, Sandy Hook Village (Intersection of Church Hill Rd, Glen Rd, Riverside & Washington Ave)

5th Annual Stamford Health, Health Wellness & Sports Expo 2016 presented by WABC-TV

5th Annual Stamford Health, Health Wellness & Sports Expo 2016 presented by WABC-TV
October 15 and 16
Saturday, 10am - 5pm, Sunday, 11am - 4pm
Chelsea Piers CT
1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT  06902
twitter: @hws_expos
instagram: @hws_expos

INFO Saturday, 10am - 5pm, Sunday, 11am - 4pm, Chelsea Piers CT 1 Blachley Road, Stamford, CT 06902

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Making Strides of Westport
Sunday, October 16, 2016 10 a.m.
Sherwood Island State Park

Nobody fighting breast cancer should have to walk alone. When you donate to the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, you’re helping save lives through groundbreaking research and early detection. You’re providing patients, family and caregivers with access to 24/7 critical information and support. When you donate to the American Cancer Society, you’re providing a hand to hold to someone who desperately needs one. Make a real difference for countless people fighting breast cancer and donate today at

INFO 10am, Sherwwood Island State Park, Westport, CT



William Raveis Ride + Walk Connecticut







William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance will host the second annual William Raveis Ride + Walk Connecticut, benefiting the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, on Sunday, October 16 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Conn from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This family and community fundraising event includes a 5K walk, a 12-mile or 25-mile bike ride, and a children’s 100-yard dash.  Following the walk, rides and dash, there will be food, music and kids’ activities.


One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Damon Runyon identifies the brightest early-career scientists with innovative research ideas and provides them with funding to pursue new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat all forms of cancer.


Registration begins at 8am and participants will start at 8:30 a.m.  Just prior to the start, there will be a celebration of the cancer survivors and Damon Runyon scientists who are participating in the event.

The minimum fundraising amount for adults is $250. Minors under 17 must be accompanied by an adult and have a $25 fundraising minimum.


Participants can register for the event before October 10 at or, and the fundraising window closes on October 30. The web site also includes fundraising tips and tools, information about the scientists, and photos and video from 2015.


In 2015, more than 500 people participated and volunteered in the inaugural Ride + Walk, raising more than $500,000. With the funds raised, the William Raveis Charitable Fund created two fellowships for emerging scientists at Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Aaron Viny, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and Yi Yin, PhD, of Harvard University received four-year grants to pursue new breakthroughs in cancer research.


About William Raveis Charitable Fund

Since its founding in 2004, the William Raveis Charitable Fund has raised over $2 million to support communities across the Northeast that are impacted by cancer. Their focus is on the advancement of cancer research and programs that offer cancer patients and their families’ physical and emotional support during treatment. In 2015, the fund partnered with the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, which provides young scientists with the funding to pursue their boldest, and most innovative ideas to prevent, diagnose, and treat all forms of cancer. With the $500,000 raised at the inaugural Ride + Walk events, Raveis was able to fund two very deserving scientists with the “William Raveis Charitable Fund Fellowships.”




Date:                                     Sunday, October 16, 2016


Location:                              Calf Pasture Beach, Norwalk, Conn.


Time:                                     7-8 a.m. registration; 8:30 a.m. event starts


Beneficiary:                        Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation


Web site:                   


Media Contact:                 Kriskey + Lane Communications
                                                Marni Lane,
                                                Susan Kriskey,

INFO 8 a.m. to 1 p.m, Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Conn

A Haunting at Mill Hill

As the sun sets, the spirits come out to play... Take a lantern-lit tour through the old Mill Hill graveyard at the Norwalk Historical Society's 6th annual, “A Haunting at Mill Hill”, Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, 2016. Mill Hill is located at 2 East Wall Street, Norwalk, CT.  Listen to NEW chilling tales from eerie Norwalk spirits at 6:00pm, 7:30pm & 9:00pm. Each tour is approximately 1 hour.  Space is limited; purchase tickets online at, starting October 1st. Early bird tickets are available through October 19th. Refreshments follow each tour in the historic 1826 “Little Red  Schoolhouse”.  Bring a flashlight and a friend!  Not recommended for children under 8 years old.
Among the crooked stones of Mill Hill, the ghostly entities are waiting to share their stories of death, murder, destruction and mayhem.  Norwalk mobster and murder victim, Luigi Apicella and rabies victim, Myron Olmstead, will be a couple of the ghosts you will meet from Norwalk's colorful past.  All the stories are true and researched by local historians, Madeleine and Ed Eckert.
Watch your back, as you make your way through the graveyard… new ghostly thrills will await you!  Local haunted house and special effects experts Greg Kling and George Holomakoff have joined the Haunting team to incorporate a few bone-chilling surprises! 
Ticket sales begin October 1, 2016 online at  Early bird tickets available through October 19th - Adults/Teen: $15.00 & Child (8-12): $10.00.  Tickets purchased after October 19th or at the door (if available) - Adults/Teens: $18.00 & Child (8-12): $12.00. The net proceeds support the Norwalk Historical Society's education programs and museum exhibits. The Norwalk Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 
Sponsored in part by Shoprite of Norwalk, Trader Joe's Westport & Whole Foods Darien & Danbury.
For more information visit, e-mail , or call 203-846-0525. 
INFO 6-10pm, Mill Hill Historic Park, Norwalk




Band Together founders Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried bring you THRILLER with songs from Michael Jackson’s best-selling album of all time, MJ and Jackson Five favorites and pop/rock/funk song by artists inspired by MJ. Along with Jerry and Rob, this show features Audrey Martells, Nile Bullock, Keith Fluitt, Crispin Cioe, Larry Etkin, Jay Rowe, Ryan Parrino and Matt Moadel. Watch out folks as Nile is a dancer and singer with seamless moves reminiscent of MJ! Audrey & Keith are main stays in the NYC music scene, Crispin & Larry from the Uptown Horns have played with everyone from James Brown to the Rolling Stones, and Jay, Ryan and Matt round out the band with taste and funkiness!

All funds raised will support CLASP and their program to provide homes and opportunities for people with autism and developmental disabilities. By offering high quality, personalized services CLASP is able to enhance each person’s independence, dignity and continued personal growth. Lets be part of helping others develop their ability to be contributing members of the community.

Come join the pre-party at 6:30PM prior to the concert to socialize with the CLASP team in the FTC foyer and Art Gallery and get warmed up for the show!

“The feel good nature of the Band Together thing is indescribable” .... The New York Times

INFO Doors open 6:30PM, FTC Stage One

Affirming Angela's Passion

Celebrate the life and legacy of the late Angela Rossi Zurowski Andersen as you contribute to the support of the International Institute of
Connecticut (IICONN) internship created in Angela's memory. As a friend, colleague, WCSU alumna and for several years IICONN's
executive director, Angela lived her passion for helping others daily. The internship will allow a WCSU social sciences student to earn credits
and work experience in the field, preparing them to make the kind of meaningful contributions for which Angela is so lovingly remembered.
The ticket price for the event includes heavy hors d'oeuvres, a DJ, silent auction, raffles, and more! To purchase tickets or make a donation,
INFO 4pm-8pm, WCSU Westside Campus Ballroom, 43 Lake Ave Ext., Danbury