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Unite to Fight in New Canaan on Sunday Helps Locals Struggling with Childhood Hunger

Unite to Fight 5k run to benefit Filling In The Blanks on Sunday, August 25

On August 25, 2019, Filling in the Blanks will host the Unite to Fight 5K, which will be held at the idyllic Waveny Park in New Canaan, CT. The race will seek to build community and raise funds to help end childhood hunger in our local neighborhoods. Filling in the Blanks is a 501c3 nonprofit which fights childhood hunger by providing children in need with meals on the weekends.

The 5k begins at 8:00 am and prices (now $30) increase after August 24. There is no cost to participate in the kid's Fun Run. 

Register for this 5k run and learn more here.

Schedule of Events:  

7 AM Arrival check-in and registration  
7:30AM-7:45AM Kids Fun Run  
8 AM RACE START (Starting Gun) 

10:30AM AWARDS AND RAFFLE 
11:00AM CLOSING 
 
Early check-in at New Balance in New Canaan:  
Noon – 6:00PM Friday, August 23  
10:00AM – 6:00PM Saturday, August 24
 
The race will take place rain of shine 


In Fairfield County, more than 33,000 children are not sure where their next meal will come from. Mo0st will get breakfast and lunch from school every weekday, but many will go from Friday lunch until Monday at breakfast without a decent meal. Filling in the Blanks is an organization that fills in those weekend gaps by providing each child in its program with a bag filled with healthy food for the weekend. When the obstacle of food insecurity is removed, children experience increased academic achievement in school and increase opportunities for success in their lives. 
 
Founded in 2013 by two Fairfield County residents, Shawnee Knight and Tina Kramer, Filling in the Blanks is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has grown from serving 50 kids to serving more than 1,600 kids in Fairfield and Westchester counties.  
 
The Unite to Fight event was inspired through the memory of Kristen Reynolds Ruth, a local kindergarten teacher, mother, and friend, who passed in 2011 after a 7 year battle with cancer. The event was created and is directed by her daughter, an NCHS alumni, Britt Gardella.  

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