PARC walkathon strides forward toward Oct. 1

PARC logoPlans for the 16th annual Helen Coughlin Memorial Walkathon are developing rapidly for the major fundraiser set for Saturday, Oct. 1 at Norton Park thanks to sponsors, staff, volunteers, supporters and members. For more than 50 years, PARC has provided family centered services for people with developmental disabilities in Plainville and surrounding towns.

This year’s walkathon will begin with registration at 9 a.m. followed by opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and then the walk. Several well-known personalities and mascots, including the New Britain Bees’ Sting, have been invited, a DJ will provide music, gift baskets will be available, and hot dogs will be sold to raise additional funds. A chili cook-off has people sampling and judging the 12 entries. To participate, a spot must be reserved in advance by calling (860) 747-0316. There is a $10 fee to participate and the winner will receive a certificate and bragging rights.

Sponsorships are still available and volunteers are welcome. Non-perishable food will be collected for Plainville Community Food Pantry and for each item, a ticket will be given for a chance on winning a gift basket. Hundreds of pounds of food have been donated over past years for local neighbors in need.

Registration is $25 per person or $15 for those who are 18 years old or younger. For more information about the upcoming walkathon and how to get involved, visit the, on Facebook or call (860) 747-0316. #walkwithPARC