Tea time: Bigelow 'Challenge' blends fun and funds for the community
Hundreds from the community stepped up to the "Challenge" issued by Bigelow Tea bright and early Sunday as the Fairfield company raced to raise a fresh cache of cash to support a host of charitable causes -- and have fun while doing it.
The Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport was ground zero for Bigelow Tea's 27th Community Challenge, consisting of a certified 5-K road race, 2-mile non-competitive fitness walk and a fun run for children.
There was also a range of vendors on hand, as well as fuel in the form of food. And, of course, tea.
The event was organized once again by the family-owned tea company to benefit a host of charities and community organizations, and by the end of the day, push the overall total raised over the last 27 years past the $1 million mark.
This year, the event raised money for 18 causes, ranging from the Connecticut Food Bank -- which also had a stuff-a-truck on hand for food donations -- to the Fairfield YMCA to Operation Hope.
More than 100 volunteers helped keep all the activities running.
"All of us love Connecticut and Fairfield, and it's a joy to give back to the community and see everybody here running, smiling and laughing. It's sheer goodness," said Cindi Bigelow, third-generation CEO and president of Bigelow Tea. "And we love when people enjoy our tea. The more they drink, the more we can do in the community -- so drink more tea."