On Saturday, Sept. 24, the CT Food Allergy Research & Education Walk attracted hundreds of walkers to raise impressive awareness and funds for an important cause. The walk was chaired by Wilton resident Jenny Andjelkovic, and she and fellow Wiltonian Jessie Adams led a Wilton Warriors team that found very generous support from the wider community. They wrote this heartfelt message:

We would like to thank our incredible community for all the support given to our Wilton Warriors team as we raised money and created awareness for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). The annual Connecticut FARE Walk took place at Sherwood Island on Saturday, Sept. 24. The weather was beautiful and the Sound sparkled in the sunlight as over 450 people from all over the state came together to support the efforts of FARE, the nation’s leading nonprofit working on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies.

The effort raised over $162,000 to support food allergy research, education, advocacy and awareness initiatives. Our amazing team of nearly 70 people, comprised of Wilton families affected by allergies as well as their supportive friends and family, raised over $15,000 not including a matching donation that will bring our grand total to a whopping $19K! We were the second-highest fundraising team in the entire state!

Our bake sale held last week at the Village Market raised almost $400 in under three hours but more importantly empowered our food allergy kids to get organized to make a difference. We are so incredibly grateful to our community for embracing this cause which is so personally near and dear to us both. The bake sale and the family fun day and walk at Sherwood Island showed our children how much our community cares about them. It also teaches our kids that they can make major changes in the world by banding together for an important cause.

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As one of our Wilton parents said after the walk, “Bringing awareness to our communities and raising research funds was the main goal but for me, today achieved so much more. I have tried to convince my son that life threatening allergies affect many more people than just the few kids at his nut free table during lunch. Today’s event validated my words and he saw first hand that so many people care about him.”

What an amazing town we live in!

With gratitude,

Jenny Andjelkovic and Jessie Adams