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Folks on Spokes & Step Forward Event Aims to Raise $50K for Local Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Services

Bridges Healthcare’s annual Folks on Spokes & Step Forwardride and walk for mental health is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 8:00 am at Fowler Field in Milford.

For over 30 years, hundreds of cyclists and walkers have come together to raise funds and awareness for local mental health and addiction recovery services.

There are two ways to participate: Ride one of the event’s 5, 10, 20, or 40-mile routes or walk the 5K—all along the scenic Connecticut coastline. Participants can honor the lives of loved ones lost to addiction, overdose, suicide or other mental health-related issues and uplift those in recovery by taking part in the event’s Remembrance Ceremony. Pre-event registration fees are $50 per cyclist, $35 per walker, and $15 for kids under 18 - which include a free t-shirt. Children 5 and under are free. Day-of fees are $55 per cyclist and $45 per walker. Lunch from Subway will be provided to all participants at the end of the routes.

“As we continue to deal with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, Bridges' mental health and addiction services have provided support to local children, adults and families who are struggling and turn to us for assistance,” says Jennifer Fiorillo, Bridges Healthcare’s CEO and President. “As our biggest fundraiser of the year, we’re extremely grateful to the greater Milford community for continuing to participate and support Bridges’ vital programs.”

Participants can ride or walk individually or join as a team. Fundraising is encouraged and free registration is offered to each attendee who commits to raising $100 by September 30, 2022.  More than 300 riders, walkers, and volunteers are expected to attend and raise a goal of $50,000 for Bridges’ community health programs and services.

Proceeds from the event go directly to help local children, families, teens, young adults and adults who need mental and behavioral health, substance abuse and primary care services. The pandemic has created a great need for Bridges Healthcare’s programs and services which provide much-needed mental health and addiction recovery support.

The event’s major sponsors are Metro Star Properties, The Milford Bank, NFP, The Cretella-Boni Family, and CorCystems.

To register, sponsor, volunteer, or learn more, visit folksonspokes.bridgesct.org.

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