FUNdrai$er Friday$: ‘Amazing Race’ and Star Catcher Concert

We’re launching a new, weekly feature called “GMW FUNdrai$er Friday$” to help publicize efforts that benefit worthy Wilton causes. If you would like to have your fundraiser or ‘fun’-raiser featured, send all pertinent information to us via email–the who, what, when, where, how and why. Include any photos, links or even videos that might help tell the story and increase the response from our readers. Don’t forget to make sure your contact information is there as well.

Amazing Race to Find a Cure:  A Granddaughter’s Memorial

The Amazing Race To Find A Cure is a fun scavenger hunt around Wilton with the added benefit of raising money to benefit Mass General Hospital’s Lung Cancer Research Fund. Now in its third year, the race was started by Wilton High School sophomore Devyn Casey in memory of her beloved grandfather, Jack “Papa” Casey, who battled lung cancer for several years, but succumbed to the disease in 2013.

“Without the wonderful doctors at MGH, my Papa would not have lived as long as he did and would not have shared the amazing bond that my family and I had with him. The mission of The Amazing Race to Find a Cure is to help other people like my grandfather beat this terrible disease,” explains Devyn.

This year’s race takes place on Saturday, Sept. 9 The annual event has raised over $15,000 and has been a source of back to school fun for many Wilton teens and grown ups. Teams of four and five players race to the finish line while completing many challenges on the way; the first team to cross the finish line wins.

To find out more information or to register a team, visit the Amazing Race to Find a Cure website. Donations are also accepted via the website.

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StarCatcher Musicfest featuring Tramps Like Us Benefit Concert

Bruce Springsteen cover band Tramps Like Us will kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month tonight with a free concert to benefit Connecticut cancer charities Circle of Care and Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer. Last year, the event drew more than 15,000 people and they are returning to Hamden this year to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for children with cancer.

Admission to the StarCatcher Musicfest is free, but individuals can help support children in treatment and underwrite the cost of this event by making a donation. All proceeds go directly to children with cancer, and are split between Circle of Care and Tommy Fund.

The event is tonight, Friday, Sept. 1, and starts at 7:30 p.m., in Hamden Town Center Park.

“This concert sends an important message to every child in treatment for cancer in Connecticut that they are not alone,” said Jeff Kimball, the executive director of Wilton-based Circle of Care. “We are taking a moment to celebrate children for who they are, not their disease. We are so grateful to the Town of Hamden, our partners, the Tommy Fund, and everyone who has volunteered their time to make this event a reality. We look forward to sharing this special night with everyone in the Hamden area whose life has been touched by cancer. Together, we are stronger. Rock on!”

For more information, visit the Circle of Care website.