A benefit tournament at the Fairfield Fencing Academy raised more than $3,400 to aid local victims of Hurricane Sandy, the academy said.
The event on Saturday, Dec. 8, attracted 45 fencers of various ages from the tri-state area, and proceeds were donated to the Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund, the academy said in a news release.
The money included competitors' registration fees, proceeds from a raffle conducted by the academy's co-op high school fencing team and other funds. Fencers from Sacred Heart University's Division I men's team volunteered to referee the bouts.
"We wanted to help those in our community who suffered during this devastating storm," Jim Roberts, the academy director, said in the release. "Operation Hope helped them a great deal, and feeds and houses people in need each day."
The academy, which is in the Sportsplex complex on Mill Plain Road, said it would provide a free, introductory fencing lesson to anyone who donated $25 or more to the local relief fund through the end of January.
The Fairfield Storm Sandy Relief Fund was established by the town and is being administered by the local nonprofit Operation Hope.
Donations to the fund can be made by checks payable to "OH-FFLD Storm Sandy RF" or "OH-FFLD Storm Sandy." Checks can be mailed to or dropped off at Operation Hope's administrative office at 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield CT 06824.
For more information about the fund, call Bob Mayer, the town's acting chief fiscal officer, at 203-256-3030 or Operation Hope at 203-292-5588.