FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Rocco & Associates Wealth Management, Inc. (roccoandassociates.com) has announced that it will be the presenting sponsor for the 1st Annual Fairfield Police Sunset 5k Race. The race will be held on Wednesday, July 25th at Penfield Beach.
This charity event is looking to raise funds and awareness for two town run agencies, the Fairfield Police Department (specifically the Fairfield Police Union Scholarship Fund) and the Friends ("the Friends") of the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities (a 501(c) (3) nonprofit volunteer organization).
The Fairfield Police Union Scholarship Fund was established in 2014 and benefits the children of Fairfield Police Officers. Each year, scholarships are awarded to the children of current Fairfield Police Officers. In addition, the Fairfield High School Scholarship Foundation awards scholarships annually to graduating Fairfield High School seniors who plan to pursue a career in law enforcement or are the children of a Police Officer.
The mission of "the Friends" is to provide funding for enhancements to the programs, services and facilities at the Bigelow Center for Senior Activities of Fairfield. 100% of all proceeds will be divided equally between the two charities.
"Fairfield police officers and their union are a vital part of our community. We think there is no better way to give back to that community then to support the men and women who keep us safe and their children," said Charlie Rocco, President & CEO. "In addition, The Bigelow Center for Senior Activities plays a critical role and offers valuable programs and outreach to the greater senior community," says Rocco.
The idea for the race was inspired by Lieutenant Keith Broderick of the Fairfield Police Department and Eric Johnson, COO, of Rocco & Associates. The race will begin at 6:30pm and will include a one mile walk and Kids & Cops Scamper. Following the race from 7:00pm-9:00pm, there will be food trucks including Colony Grill and Taco Loco, along with refreshments provided by Sierra Nevada. There will be games and face painting as well for the kids. The entry fee for runners ($25.00-$30.00 contingent upon time and age) will include all of the post-race activities, food, drinks and race shirt. Non-runners and family members will also be able to participate in all the post-race fun and food by purchasing a $10.00 meal ticket. To learn more about the race, the activities and to sign up, please refer to the registration site at fpdcops.com/5k.
"In addition to the cause, this timed event will be one of just a few "twilight" mid-week 5k races in the state," said Johnson. "We are really looking for this to be an event to be enjoyed by the entire family, whether you are a runner or not. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, while taking in picturesque Long Island Sound and the entire Penfield Beach Area," said Lieutenant Broderick.
To accommodate the runners and insure a smooth race with limited disruption to the area, the race directors have partnered with MS Running Productions, a statewide veteran race organization who is also responsible for the Fairfield Half Marathon/5K course.