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Thank you for your consideration for supporting this very important event for the Foundation.  We hope that you will join us on October 12th to celebrate Chase and Halloween.




Halloween is a special time of year for all children but especially for Chase
whose birthday falls on October 31st



His family and CMAK wanted to celebrate Chase in a meaningful and durable fashion by creating an event to bring Halloween back to Newtown and its community.  


To:  All Supporters of the Chase Michael Anthony Kowalski Memorial Foundation (CMAK):


Thank you for all of your support to CMAK which has led to some very exciting developments to fulfill our vision and mission including the recent partnership with the Greater Waterbury YMCA which will bring both the Race4Chase Kid’s Triathlon Program and “Chase’s Place” Family Wellness  Center closer to fruition.  We will provide more information on these agreements in our next communication, but today we would like to provide another opportunity for the Race4Chase community to assist the Foundation to serve its mission.

Halloween is a special time of year for all children but especially for Chase whose birthday falls on October 31st.  His family and CMAK wanted to celebrate Chase in a meaningful and durable fashion by creating an event to bring Halloween back to Newtown and its community.   CMAK has teamed up with A Bead of Roses, Newtown Youth Academy and three additional foundations in Newtown to organize the 1st Annual Newtown Pumpkin Festival to be held on October 12th, 2013 at the Fairfield Hills campus.  The event, fashioned after the Keene, New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival, is a family oriented Halloween festival where participants bring carved pumpkins which are displayed throughout campus.  It is a day of Halloween activities, games and foods culminating in the Pumpkin Lighting Ceremony at 6pm where all the carved pumpkins are illuminated- creating a great spectacle.  Any proceeds generated from the event will be distributed to the organizing foundations.   More details of the event can be found at Newtown Pumpkin Festival

Volunteers

CMAK has committed to providing 50 volunteers to assist in the operation of the event over five hour periods October 11/13.  There are many different tasks that need to be fulfilled including set up, clean up, pumpkin carving, lighting and transport, registration, parking, etc.  Volunteers will be required to sign up online at the Newtown Pumpkin Festival Volunteer Link where you should designate RACE4CHASE as your affiliation so you can be recorded as one of CMAK’s volunteers.  Volunteers will attend one pre-event meeting where they will receive their t-shirts, review assignments and receive other essential information.  Otherwise, they will communicate via email with the leader of their assigned area prior to the event.

Participation

If you cannot volunteer, please do your best to attend the event which should be a wonderful day for the whole family.  Tickets have just come on sale now at Newtown Pumpkin Festival tickets .  The event is limited to approximately 3,500 due to 1,200 parking space limit. Each ticket will cost $25.00 and will come with one parking permit good for up to eight attendees.  The event is expected to sell out quickly, so please rush to purchase ticket now so not to be shut out.

Chase Tent

The Foundation will have an area amongst the festival grounds where it will stage games and activities, sell t-shirts and other CMAK related articles to raise money for Race4Chase and inform the festival attendees on the Foundation and its mission.  We will be looking for volunteers to join the CMAK pumpkin festival committee to organize and operate our activities that day.  These volunteers will not be required to purchase tickets to work at the tent.  Please email your interest to Kevin Grimes at kgrimes@chasekowalskifund.com.

There are also opportunities for vendors (food, crafts, etc) to rent an area amongst the festival and for sponsorship for an event that can raise awareness of a local business.  We would encourage supporters to inquire through Newtown Pumpkin Festival Vendor Application.

Thank you for your consideration for supporting this very important event for the Foundation.  We hope that you will join us on October 12th to celebrate Chase and Halloween.

Chase Kowalski Memorial Foundation


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