Community bake sale to benefit the children of Puerto Rico

The RTM Republican candidates for Districts 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 have teamed up with key community partners to help raise monies for the children of Puerto Rico who are suffering in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The bake sale and charity fundraiser will take place on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Owen Fish Park, 1443 Stratfield Road in Fairfield.

All members of the community are encouraged to attend to raise funds for the relief efforts in Puerto Rico. All monies raised will go to Fairfield-based Save the Children’s Hurricane Maria Children’s Relief Fund, which has been on the ground in Puerto Rico since Sept. 24 helping children and families most affected by the historic storm.

“My heart breaks each time I hear another personal story from CT residents on the devastation inflicted upon their homeland island of Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria,” said State Senator Tony Hwang. “What gives me hope is not only the resiliency of the Puerto Rican community on the island and abroad, but the personal generosity of those across the country (and right here in Fairfield County) who are willing to give of themselves and lend a helping hand to the children of Puerto Rico. This is why I am so proud to partner with our RTM Republican candidates for Districts 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 and why I welcome everyone to join us for this special event!”

Shannon Bowley, District 6 RTM candidate and a Norwalk school teacher said, “Our schools are a safe haven for students and anything that we can do to help the children of Puerto Rico get back into their classroom is crucial to creating a sense of normalcy back in their lives and to the learning process. Schools can also be a place of healing for not only students, but for entire communities. Fairfield’s bake sale is a testament to our willingness as a community to come together and help those in need. I am encouraging all of my friends and neighbors to come join us and make a difference!”

“We need to do all that we can to help our fellow Americans in their time of need and Save the Children is a great partner to ensure that these donations get to where they are needed most,” said Alex Plitsas, District 7 RTM candidate. “As a combat veteran I am ready to roll up my sleeves and do my part to help the children of Puerto Rico and hope that you will join us as one community on Oct. 21 at Owen Fish Park!”

Robin Orriss, District 3 RTM candidate said, “The images of devastation from Hurricane Maria are unforgettable. As a parent, I cannot imagine seeing my three children without the basic necessities we have seen absent in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane Maria. We have a hands-on opportunity here to help these affected families by partnering with Save the Children and to show our own children that they too can share goodwill and affect positive change in times of need.”

  • RTM District 3 team: Alex Durrell, Ron Drew, Robin Orriss, Diane Pagnozzi
  • RTM District 4 team: Sol Briks, Frank O’reilly
  • RTM District 5 team: Roger Autuori, Sally Connolly, Andrew Semmel, Carol Way
  • RTM District 6 team: Matt Boland, Shannon Bowley, Jason Li, Ray Neuberger
  • RTM District 7 team: Tom Mccarthy, Tom Keane, Alex Plitsas, Michael Mears

Many other local officials will be attending in support of the fundraiser including State Representatives Brenda Kupchick and Laura Devlin, Judge Dan Caruso and Town Clerk Betsy Browne, among others. An invitation to participate will be sent to our Democratic counterparts encouraging them to join us in raising these much needed funds for the children of Puerto Rico.

For more information on the event or if you wish to donate or sell baked goods, contact State Senator Tony Hwang at [email protected] or Michael Herley at [email protected].

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