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Suits and Sneakers Annual Basketball Games

Suits and Sneakers Annual Basketball Games will be held Friday, February 14, 2020 at Wamogo High School, 98 Wamogo Road, Litchfield, CT 06759.

The fundraiser games will pit Wamogo against Litchfield High boys.


5:30 pm  Girls Game

7:00 pm Boys Game

The teams will be fundraising on behalf of The American Cancer Society, The Connecticut Sports Foundation and local families impacted by cancer. Players will be accepting pledges of support and building a “Wall of Hope” to raise cancer awareness.

Since beginning this program, the Wamogo and Litchfield teams have raised over $25,000 to support people impacted by cancer.

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Officials vs. Cancer Crusade

The Officials vs. Cancer Crusade will be held January 20 – 26, 2020 throughout Litchfield County Connecticut ( Burlington, CT, which is in Hartford County, is also included). The annual event is sponsored by the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials (IAABO). The Litchfield County chapter is IAABO Board 7.

Throughout the week-long event, basketball officials covering games at all levels- grade school, middle school and high school as well as all levels of prep schools in Litchfield County are encouraged to give 25% of their game fees to the American Cancer Society (ACS).

To raise the visibility of their efforts, officials will use pink whistles throughout the week.

Since 2008, IAABO has raised $2,000,000 for ACS, and The Litchfield County chapter has raised over $40,000 during that time.

All donations are tracked by and sent to ACS headquarters and then returned to the individual ACS offices where the funds were raised.

For more information contact the American Cancer Society’s Brian Casalinova at 207-402-1183 or Kelly Anderson at 404-327-6568 to learn more.

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Relay For Life of Berkshire County, Toon Out Cancer

The Relay For Life of Berkshire County, Toon Out Cancer,  will be held on Friday and Saturday, June 21-22, 2019 at the Monument Mountain Regional High School,  600 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA.

The “Toon” name in the title will be reflected in decorations and costumes that represent this year’s cartoon theme.

Team members take turns walking around a track or other designated course. A requirement is that each team has a member walking at all times.

Money is raised by teams who solicit donations from individuals and businesses. There are a number of fundraising options some of which continue year round.

Although the time spans may vary (anywhere from six to 24 hours), the schedule for all of the Relay for Life events pretty much follows a standard format. Relays include an Opening Ceremony followed by the Survivors Lap, the Caregivers Lap, the  Luminaria Ceremony and Closing Ceremony.

Additional activities during the Berkshire Relay will include Survivor Dinner, Paint and Sip (non-alcoholic), pancake breakfast, Clog Dancers, Movie at Midnight, Blues Band, theme laps and fundraising around the track.

To register visit

Schedule of Events:


6 pm  Opening ceremonies  Survivors and Caregivers Lap


9:00 pm  Luminaria


Noon  Closing Ceremonies

Relay For Life started in 1985 when Dr. Gordon “Gordy” Klatt walked/ran for 24 hours on a track in Tacoma, Washington to raise money and awareness to help the American Cancer Society.

Today teams raise funds at over 3,500 Relay events nationwide.

Proceeds from Relay For Life events “help the American Cancer Society fund ground-breaking cancer research, crucial patient care services, and prevention and early detection programs.”

For more information about Relay For Life Berkshire County call Anne Colacarro at (413) 493-2114 or email at


For more information about the benefiting programs go to

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