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New Balance New Canaan announces the 8th Annual ALL OUT FOR AUTISM 5K/Run/Walk 2016!  This year’s race will be held on Friday August 26th in New Canaan.  Proceeds will help build a playground with accessible features at the New Canaan YMCA for children with all abilities to enjoy!  Participants and Supporters of the race have helped raise

$25,000 to date, allowing the installation of an Omnispin Spinner offering children of all abilities sensory stimulation and encouraging interactive play. In addition, a We Saw providing a new and accessible take on the traditional See Saw.   Funds raised from the 2016 Race will help in purchasing interactive Sand Tables and a new accessible Swing,

Creating a welcoming environment within the YMCA playground for children with special needs.


 The race will begin and end at New Balance (128 Main Street), with the course running through downtown New Canaan.  The event will kick off at 6:00PM with exciting pre-race entertainment!  Stay tuned for details! A quarter-mile Kid’s Fun Run will take place at 6:15PM followed by the 5K course open to runners and walkers at 6:30PM.  Awards and festivities will take place after the race.   Register now at


Thank you to our sponsors to date Bankwell of New Canaan, Joe’s Pizza, Rosie’s, C&H Auto,

School of Rock New Canaan, New Canaan HealthFare, Walter Stewarts, Karl Chevrolet,William Raveis New Canaan, The Racing Times and Darien Sport Shop! If you would like to join them and support please contact PJ Marcella at 860-559-2524 or call or visit New Balance New Canaan,

128 Main Street, 203-801-0050.


All Out For Autism began in 2009 as a collaboration between New Balance owners Ron and Tina Rosenfeld, and SPED*NET, to extend their mission of health and fitness into the special needs community.  Come join the fun and fitness and show your support for this wonderful cause!   

INFO 6:15pm, New Balance, 128 Main Street, New Canaan, CT

Newtown Yoga Festival

The fourth annual Newtown Yoga Festival featuring renowned yoga personalities, Elena Brower and Gwen Lawrence will take place on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 from 9am – 4pm at NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose St., Newtown, CT. Suggested donation, $30. Children under 16 FREE! Register online at

This year will offer both familiar and new additions including, Didgeridoo, tai chi, journey dance, the infamous “yoga buffet,” hoop and children’s yoga, silent auction, a multitude of local artisans and food vendors, and the community class with Elena Brewer and Gwen Lawrence which will be accompanied by Garth Stevenson. Garth is a film composer and double bassist. The festival will conclude by offering relaxation with crystal bowls led by Grammy nominated artist Jennifer Zulli, an experience which compelled one of last year’s attendees to proclaim, “If there’s a heaven, that’s where she took me!”
Contact Information:
Suzy DeYoung – 203-731-7557
Karen Pierce - 203-470-6969
INFO 9am-4pm, NYA Sports & Fitness, 4 Primrose St., Newtown, CT

Stamford’s Inaugural HarborFest

 SoundWaters, the Stamford-based non-profit organization with a mission to
protect Long Island Sound through education, is launching HarborFest, Stamford’s first and
long-coming celebration of its harbor.

Taking place along the waterfront at Harbor Point from 10am-
6pm on Saturday, August 27, HarborFest will include a day of
fun, exciting and educational activities for all ages on and along
the water, concluding with live music and followed at night by
the Stamford 375 fireworks spectacular. The Harbor Point
Waterfront is located at 2200 Atlantic Street. Parking is free in
the garages at Harbor Point.
According to SoundWaters President, Leigh Shemitz, “The City of Stamford is encouraging
greater waterfront access. We are on the cusp of a whole new relationship with our Harbor and
with Long Island Sound. At SoundWaters, we see the potential for a new way to see and
experience Stamford – via our waterfront, our Harbor and The Sound, so the timing is perfect to
create a celebration of the city’s most prominent natural resource.”
HarborFest has met with wide approval from organizations across the city. Expressing his
support, Stamford Mayor, David Martin, said “Stamford was founded on the harbor and for
years, the waterfront was dominated by industry and private ownership. Consequently, we may
not have appreciated all that our Harbor has to offer us. A celebration of our harbor is long
overdue. We are grateful to SoundWaters for taking the initiative on HarborFest and hope it will
attract more residents to the waterfront.”
Funding and support to make HarborFest possible is provided by The Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide Foundation, Coney Island Brewing Company, Stamford Health, Harbor Point, 95.9
The Fox and the City of Stamford.
Visit for more information and registration for some HarborFest
About SoundWaters
SoundWaters, founded in 1989, is the premier environmental education organization focused on
the protection of Long Island Sound and its watershed. Annually, SoundWaters hosts shipboard
and land-based programs for 28,000 children, including 9,000 from underserved communities.
SoundWaters just recently merged with Stamford-based Young Mariners Foundation, which will
strengthen SoundWaters’ ability to provide Long Island Sound sailing-based skill and
educational development programs to underserved youth throughout the Long Island Sound
region. SoundWaters works in partnership with individuals, schools, communities, businesses,
civic organizations, and other environmental and educational organizations to develop
experiences that foster a sense of responsibility for the environment and encourage actions that
ensure the sustainable future of the Long Island Sound ecosystem. For more information, please
HarborFest Schedule of Events (subject to change)
10:00am – 6:00pm
 Waterfront Carnival Rides
 Green Exhibitor Village
 SoundWaters Learning Stations
 Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals
 Dockside Boat Tours
 Corn Hole on the Boardwalk
 Face Painting
10:00am – 2:00pm: Waterside Painting with Pinot’s Palette
10:30 – 11:30am: Waterfront Zumba with Nina Merlonghi
12:00 – 1:00pm
 Paddle Board Yoga on the Harbor *
 Waterfront Yoga with Exhale
12:00 – 2:00pm:
 Cardboard Kayak Building *
 Live Music on the Plaza with The Mars Project Continued…
12:00 – 3:00pm: Fly Casting Lessons with Orvis
12:00 – 6:00pm: Oyster Shucking & Eating on the Boardwalk
2:30pm: Cardboard Kayak Races for the HarborFest Cup *
2:00 – 4:00pm: Long Island Sound Cruise on the Schooner SoundWaters *
3:00 – 5:00pm: Guided Painting Class on the Boardwalk with Pinot’s Palette *
5:30 – 7:30pm: Sunset Sail on the Schooner SoundWaters *
9:00pm Stamford 375 Fireworks Spectacular
* Advance Registration Required

INFO 10am-6pm, waterfront at Harbor Point in Stamford, CT

11th Annual Newtown Road Race & Kid’s Run

Join us for the 11th Annual Newtown Road Race and Kids Run. This annual tradition has become a kick off to Labor Day activities in Newtown. All proceeds benefit Newtown Youth and Family Services!

For more information visit

INFO 8am, Dickinson Memorial Park, Newtown, CT

Adam’s House™ Grief Education Center To Celebrate Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Open House

Adam’s House™ Grief Education Center To Celebrate Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony and Open House Sept. 8th in Shelton, CT
SHELTON, CT (July 26, 2016) – Adam’s House,™ a nonprofit grief education center in Shelton (, is holding its formal Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Thursday, Sept. 8th at 10 a.m. to celebrate the launch of no-cost grief educational programs for Connecticut children and families.
Community members are warmly invited to attend the Ribbon-Cutting ceremony at 241 Coram Ave. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, volunteers will offer guided tours of the 18 rooms at Adam’s House. ™ After undergoing extensive remodeling, the charming Victorian home features warm, inviting meeting spaces and colorful, playful murals in rooms for children.
Sept 8th Free Event Highlights
Adam’s House™-241 Coram Ave., Shelton, CT 06484 (
10:00 a.m.-Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with valued community supporters
11:00 a.m.-Guided Tours of Adam’s House™
Throughout the day, light fare and refreshments will be served.
Free parking in the Adam’s House™ lot. Street parking also is allowed.
Adam’s House™ Mission
At Adam’s House,™ we believe no child should ever grieve alone. Each child deserves a supportive and understanding community to learn and explore their feelings of loss. All grief journeys are unique and grief is a natural reaction to the loss of a loved one. At Adam’s House,™ we will be a partner in support of your healing process.
Adam’s House™ Background
Adam’s House™ is located at 241 Coram Ave. in Shelton, CT, and is an entity of The Adam Wysota Foundation. Adam’s House™ represents a strong grassroots network of Connecticut supporters and backers from throughout the country who helped raise the funds to purchase the home. Adam’s House™ honors the memory of Adam Wysota, a beloved father, Little League coach and active volunteer in his Weston, CT community. Before his passing, Adam Wysota held prestigious Wall Street positions at Depository Trust & Clearing Corp., Barclays Capital, Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley.
Adam’s House™ is a 501c3 organization. All donations to Adam’s House™ are tax deductible. For further information, go to or call 203-513-2808.
INFO 10am, Adam’s House™-241 Coram Ave., Shelton, CT 06484 (

K-9 Karnival

K-9 Carnival, also known as Responsible Dog Ownership Day on September 10th, 2016.  This event is being held by the Trap Falls Kennel Club and sponsored by the American Kennel Club.  September is the month that the AKC promotes responsible dog ownership.  This event is and educational one.  There will be many breeds represented so that if a family is interested in adding a dog tot he family they can talk to the owners and breeders about their dogs.  Do they shed, how much exercise do they need, what do they eat and so on.  There will be demonstrations by police departments with their dogs and other really cool events to show the public how much you can do with your dog. We will also be holding CGC and CGCA testing. There will also be food vendors and dog related vendors.

INFO 10am-4pm, Shelton's River Walk

KCAP (Kennedy Center Autism Project) CUP

The 2nd Annual KCAP (Kennedy Center Autism Project) CUP was inspired by the Kennedy Center’s own soccer team KC United. This soccer fundraiser for all ages and abilities will be hosted by Goooal Sports, 1791 Stratford Avenue, Stratford on Saturday, September 17from 3 to 6 p.m.
This non-competitive indoor tournament features teams of five or more players. Each team sets their own fundraising goal with a suggested minimum goal of $500.
Teams of five will play each other in 15-minute blocks in round-robin or similar format. There will be contests for fun and prizes.
Whether you are recreational player, a varsity player or a soccer mom, you can make a difference to local families who have a child with autism.  Registration is open until Friday, September 9.  For more information, visit
INFO 3pm-6pm, Goooal Sports, 1791 Stratford Avenue, Stratford, CT

Kennedy Center 5K Fun Run/Walk/Stroll Autism SpectRUN

Show your colors at the 2nd Annual Kennedy Center 5K Fun Run/Walk/Stroll Autism SpectRUN on Saturday, September 24.  Participants of all ages are encouraged to dress in as many colors as you possibly can. Run, walk or stroll this fun-filled 3.1 mile course through Great Hollow Lake / Wolfe Park, Monroe. 
Race registration opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at 8:45 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for most colorful and most dollars raised
This event features something for everyone: food trucks, live music by The School of Rock, and outdoor games. Mr. Bungles from Party Talent will be organizing three races for children. The 20-foot Toddler Crawl/Walk begins at 10 a.m. for children three and under. Then, the 100 YD Bubble Dash kicks off at 10:15 a.m. Two races will be held for older children: ages 4 to 8, and 9 and older.
            The participation fee is $35/adult and $20/child.  There is also a special student price of $25.  The early bird discount of $5 is available until September 4.
SpectRUN sponsors include: The Aiello Charitable Foundation, Inc., Mobile Veterinary Clinic, Frontier Communications and Pediatric Healthcare Associates.
This year’s SpectRUN was organized in memory of Emma Genster, a past staff member who served as the Kennedy Center’s Youth Autism Services Coordinator. She played a key role in developing the agency’s Social Activity Programs. But more importantly, she created a special place for the children to feel safe, make friends and just be themselves.  Emma passed away last fall after a long battle with cancer.  
INFO 7:30am Registration starts, Great Hollow Lake / Wolfe Park, Monroe, CT

Discovery to Cure Beverly Levy Walk

The fourth annual Discovery to Cure Beverly Levy Walk will be held on Sept. 25, 2016 at the Yale University campus. This year the event is much more than a walk as we’ve added vendors, performers, a raffle, and several gourmet food trucks. WTNH News 8’s Renee Chmiel will host the walk. There will be plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Registration begins 10 a.m. at Yale Woolsey Hall ­ 500 College Street, New Haven. A recent kick­off event at Beardsley Zoo drew more than 300 participants. Discovery to Cure was launched in 2003 to provide women with new methods for the prevention, early detection and treatment of gynecologic cancers. The direct connection between the research lab and clinical patient care makes Discovery to Cure the leading center for women’s reproductive cancer research and treatment. Funds raised through last year’s event enabled Discovery to Cure to provide four research grants to Yale School of Medicine laboratories undertaking promising research in women’s reproductive cancers. This would not have been possible without your support. Cancer research grants from government sources are decreasing, making your support even more important and meaningful than ever. The Walk is named in honor of its founder Beverly Levy, 63, a local woman who was fighting her own battle against ovarian cancer when she launched this walk through Yale’s campus in 2013. Beverly organized the entire walk while she was undergoing chemotherapy treatment. She was determined to do something to try and help countless women who would one day be diagnosed with cancer. In that first walk, Beverly and countless volunteers raised $150,000 for gynecological cancer research and 700 people participated in the walk. Sadly, we lost Beverly in 2014. The Walk continues in memory of Beverly’s vision, determination and remarkable energy. We invite you to walk with us again this year, to build on the incredible legacy Beverly left us and to honor her and all women fighting and lost to these diseases. “Though she was very ill, my mother poured her heart and soul into this walk because she wanted to find a cure, which would lead to so many future lives saved,” said her daughter Perri Levy. “My mom is my hero and she continues to lead us by her unwavering desire to find a cure. We will ensure her legacy of love and selflessness lives on.” U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a survivor of ovarian cancer for 30 years, has been a tireless advocate for the walk and Discovery to Cure. Discovery to Cure will be hosting a gala on Sunday, November 13 at the Omni Hotel in New Haven honoring DeLauro and her doctor Peter Schwartz. Please save the date. For more information on the walk and to donate please click here. If you would like to learn more about Discovery please call Ruth Ann Ornstein at 203­901­0964 or

INFO 10am, Yale Woolsey Hall ­ 500 College Street, New Haven, CT

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

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




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