Touch a Truck event to benefit Center for Family Justice

More than 60 trucks and emergency vehicles, including new fire engines, construction rigs and mammoth over-the-road trucks, will roll into Fairfield on Saturday morning, May 14 for a first-of-its-kind Touch a Truck event.

The family-friendly event is being presented by The Barnum Festival and Julian Enterprises with partial proceeds to benefit The Center for Family Justice, the Bridgeport-based nonprofit which supports victims of domestic and sexual violence and child abuse in six local communities.

The Touch a Truck takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Fairfield Ludlowe High School, 785 Unquowa Road. Admission is $4 per person and children under three are free of charge.

The event is chaired by Grant Dalling, a Bridgeport resident and retired Fairfield Police Officer, who now works for Julian Enterprises. Jason Julian, the principle of Milford-based Julian Enterprises, is this year’s official ringmaster of The Barnum Festival.

“Julian Enterprises is proud to be sponsoring and collaborating with The Barnum Festival on new event that is attractive to families and children,” said Jason Julian, the 2016 Barnum Festival Ringmaster and principle of Milford-based Julian Enterprises. Of this new event he said, “We’re very excited about seeing kids and families climbing up into the big rigs, taking pictures and enjoying a family day out. I’m especially happy to see that a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Center for Family Justice and the wonderful programs The Center brings to the Greater Bridgeport Community.”

Debra A. Greenwood, president/CEO of The Center for Family Justice said she was “grateful to Julian Enterprises and The Barnum Festival for planning this terrific event which is sure to be a hit with kids young and old. Since part of our mission is focused on creating stronger, healthier families it is an honor to be the beneficiary of such a great community activity.”

The event is rain or shine.

About the Barnum Festival

The Barnum Festival was founded in 1948 as a way to build community spirit as well as to honor Bridgeport’s most famous resident, Phineas Taylor Barnum – world-renowned showman, businessman and community leader. P.T. Barnum was above all an entertainer; he celebrated hoaxes and founded the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

The Barnum Festival celebrates this great showman with our annual celebration from mid-May thru June and in true Barnum tradition, a Ringmaster is appointed each year to entertain us, while also promoting the Greater Bridgeport region.

The festival focuses on many of Barnum’s imaginative concepts such as the Jenny Lind Concert, Champions on Parade, a Children’s Wing Ding Parade, the Great Barnum Street Parade, and concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at Seaside Park.

The Festival is a celebration of people and “communities united.”  Come celebrate a great tradition with events throughout May and June, including the culmination of the festival with fireworks and a parade for the community.

The mission of the Barnum Festival is to preserve and promote the influence of P.T. Barnum — showman, philanthropist and entrepreneur, by creating economic development and education; driving visitors, developing entrepreneurs and civic leaders, and engaging the community’s young people and their families in fun and no-and-low-cost activities that span arts, culture and entertainment.

The Barnum Festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit recognized by the IRS and accepts donations, both monetary and in-kind. The Festival produces arts, cultural and entertainment events for the benefit of the community at large.

About the Center for Family Justice

The Center for Family Justice Inc. (formerly The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Inc.), brings all domestic, sexual and child abuse services – crisis intervention, police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counseling – under one roof, in our headquarters in Bridgeport, CT. Together, we work to break the cycle of violence by helping those in crisis restore their lives. Although our name has changed, we continue with the work we have provided for 12 decades, providing free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. It is the comprehensive services our partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency.

Within the past year, The Center answered more than 950 calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline; assisted with the civil and criminal court processes for more than 2,500 survivors of domestic violence; responded to more than 500 survivors of sexual assault and their families; provided a safe home for more than 100 women and children fleeing domestic abuse; coordinated the investigations of more than 170 cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse, developing service plans for the young survivors and their families; and provided psycho-educational support to more than 1,200 survivors of domestic violence, planning for their safety and promoting self-sufficiency.

As part of our mission, The Center educates approximately 4,000 members of the community about the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse to prevent future violence and spread the word that about the services we offer at The Center for Family Justice. Annually, we teach more than 2,000 children and teens about building healthy relationships, bullying prevention and dating violence.

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