The Denise D'Ascenzo Foundation to Host Annual Benefit Walk in Hamden, April 29

The Denise D'Ascenzo Foundation invites people of all ages to join its second annual fundraising walk in memory of Connecticut’s beloved news anchor, Denise D’Ascenzo. The two-mile health walk steps off on Saturday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m. on Quinnipiac University’s Mount Carmel campus in Hamden, Conn., with part of the proceeds to be donated to the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD).

The flat walk course winds through the picturesque Quinnipiac University campus, beginning and ending at the school’s recreation center. This event will offer something for the whole family. Participants and spectators will enjoy food and beverages. Numerous kids’ activities including carnival games, clowns, balloon animals, bubbles, and magicians will start at 9 a.m. and can be enjoyed throughout the event.

“We are excited to host this event in honor of Denise’s legacy as one of Connecticut’s longest-serving news anchor, broadcasting on Channel 3 for over 33 years and, just as importantly, as a wonderful human being,” explains Wayne Cooke, Denise’s husband and the Executive Director of The Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation. “We selected the National Organization for Rare Diseases (NORD) to receive part of funds raised in order to continue to spread the kindness she showed others, especially those facing life’s challenges.” NORD’s mission is to identify, treat, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and patient services.

You can register to walk in-person online. Participants are encouraged to raise funds from friends and associates or donate to The Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation which will donate part of the event’s proceeds to NORD. Raise $200 or more and receive a complimentary walk entry! Awards will be presented to the top fundraisers. Email to learn more about fundraising.

Sign up now to register, sponsor, donate or raise funds for the April 29th event.
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The health and safety of participants, volunteers, walk staff, and the community is the event’s top priority. The event will meet or exceed all local and state health requirements.

JB Sports LLC, coordinator of the Faxon Law New Haven Road Race and the Ion Bank Cheshire Road Race, organizes the event. For more information about the walk, go to or call 203-481-5933.

The Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to continue Denise’s legacy of love and kindness by supporting advances in medicine and health, women’s and children’s issues, and journalism studies. The Foundation was established shortly after the broadcaster’s sudden death in December 2019. Since then, the Denise D’Ascenzo Foundation has raised funds for community donations, including Hartford Hospital workers in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, Connecticut Foodshare as part of Connecticut’s Millions of Meals campaign, the American Heart Association, Dress For Success Hartford, and Mary’s Place, and A Center for Grieving Children & Families in Windsor. For more information about the Foundation or to make a donation, visit

Submitted by Fairfield, CT

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