The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is celebrating 32 years of charitable giving and will take place on Sunday, September 29th from 9:00am-noon, rain or shine, at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club where participants can choose from a 5K Road Race, a 3k Fitness Walk through scenic Southport Harbor & Historic District, and a Kids’ Fun Run & KidZone Challenge which is always a community favorite. Event attendees, whether racing or not, are invited to sample free cups of Bigelow tea at the unique and fun Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar, a customized 31-foot 1977 Airstream trailer.
Participants will receive complimentary goody bags, T-shirts and delicious (free) food post event and will be eligible to win raffle prizes and awards (kids too!). Additionally, there will be family friendly activities including music, kid-friendly games, and face painting. Free babysitting will be available while parents run or walk.
The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge (BTCC) has become a major source of support to local non-profit organizations who are finding it increasingly more difficult to compete with prominent national charities for much needed dollars. More than $1.65 million dollars (100% of the proceeds from each year’s fundraiser) has been raised since the first event took place in 1987 and donated to 22 local charities. These donations allow each organization to continue providing programing which ranges from educational services, food, safe housing, and crisis counseling to after-school tutoring and recreational programs.
“This year’s event is expected to draw an estimated 800 participants and raise over $150,000 which amazes me when I think back to the first BTCC which attracted 50 participants and raised $3000,” says third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow. “I am immensely proud of our company Bigelow Tea, now a certified B Corporation, which continues to enrich the lives of many people in our community, a commitment that has been part of our DNA since Bigelow Tea was founded by my grandmother, Ruth Campbell Bigelow, 75 years ago. Our purpose has always been about much more than making profits; we give back and have fun doing it!”
About Bigelow Tea Company
Based in Fairfield, CT and 100% family owned, the Bigelow Tea Company pioneered the specialty tea category nearly 75 years ago. The three-generational company, founded by Ruth Campbell Bigelow in 1945, takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company. Producing 2 billion tea bags annually, the Bigelow Tea line includes more than 150 varieties of Flavored, Traditional, Green, Organic, Herbal, Decaffeinated and Wellness teas – including its flagship specialty tea flavor, “Constant Comment”®, an all-time American favorite.
Bigelow Tea is a Certified B Corporation, one of a select group of companies that has designated corporate social responsibility as a core business goal in the pursuit of a positive social and environmental impact.
In 2003, the company purchased and restored the Charleston Tea Plantation, preserving the 127-acre American tea garden located on Wadmalaw Island, just south of Charleston, South Carolina as a working tea farm. It is here where hundreds of thousands of ancestral tea bushes that go into the making of Charleston Tea Plantation teas are grown and cultivated without pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or insecticides. The Charleston Tea Plantation has become a "must see" destination for more than 70,000 travelers from around the world who visit annually to learn how tea is grown and harvested, and sample products made from tea grown on the premises.
Bigelow Tea products are available online and in grocery and natural stores nationwide. Please visit our website to learn more, www.bigelowtea.com and join Bigelow Tea in social media by joining the #TeaProudly community on all channels.