Homeless helped by 5K run
Columbus House is one of the winnners in the second annual BlumShapiro 5K for Charity at the Travelers Championship.
More than 500 people, including runners, walkers and children, participated in the recent event in Cromwell, which raised $10,000 in donations and nearly $8,000 in food donations for five agnencies.
In addition to Columbus House, proceeds and food donations from the BlumShapiro 5K for Charity help provide meals, shelter and other services to those in need at East Hartford Homeless Shelter, Manchester Area Conferences of Churches, Thomas Merton House in Bridgeport and St. Vincent de Paul Society of Waterbury, BlumShapiro said in a statement.
“These five non-profit organizations make our state a better place to live – and your participation today – whether as a runner, walker, volunteer, supporter or sponsor – makes the BlumShapiro 5K for Charity at the Travelers Championship a resounding success," Tom DeVitto, BlumShapiro Chief Marketing Officer said at the event, according to the statement.
David McKay of Rocky Hill was the overall winner of the 5K, and set a new course record with a time of 16:06, the statement said.
Kaelin Baker, 13, of Farmington won the female division with a time of 20:28, the statement said.
A Kids Fun Run also was held for the first time at the annual event.
BlumShapiro is based in Connecticut with offices in West Hartford, Shelton, Westport and Waterbury.
In the photo, from left, Tom DeVitto, chief marketing officer of BlumShapiro; David McKay of Rocky Hill, overall winner of the BlumShapiro 5K for Charity, and Carl Johnson, managing partner of BlumShapiro.
Editor's note: Information and photo provided by BlumShapiro