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Goodbye 2020


It’s been one heck of a year, has it not? Everyone has been hurt, one way or another, by the forces of the pandemic, including our cherished non-profits. Here at sportingAcause we have seen many sports-related fundraisers either canceled or altered  since March.

Below is a list of 130 fundraisers along with the benefiting charities that lost their events this past year. When you scroll down to the last event imagine another list of 150 more events that had to turn “virtual” or otherwise alter their programs. With few exceptions, these events fell far short of financial expectations.

Hopefully 2021 will allow us to resume our fundraising events, but, in the meantime, let us remember our favorite causes with our hearts and our checkbooks.

Bring on the Heat 4th Annual 5K  – Bethlehem Fuel Bank

Arlington Education Foundation 5K Run/walk – Science scholarships

Shane Kinsella Memorial 5 Mile/2 Mile  – local children’s charities

Upton Lake Christian School 4th Annual Eagle Run – Hudson Valley Animal Rescue and Sanctuary

Wellness 5K – Volunteers in Medicine, Berkshires

Kiwanis Kingston Classic   – area children’s charities

Berry Pond Hill Climb  – scholarships

Sean’s Ride   – Scholarships and anti alcohol and drug programs

Sean’s Run  –  scholarships and anti alcohol and drug programs

Girls Just Wanna Run   – scholarships, local and national charities

Rhinebeck Hudson Valley Full and Half  Marathons  – local charities

Retro 5K Run  – Morris Recreation Dept.

Thrill in the Hills Duathlon  – Litchfield Community Center

Norfolk Volunteer Fire Dept. 5 Mile Road Race   – Norfolk Volunteer Fire Co. programs

Relay For Life Berkshire County   – American Cancer Society

BMC Independence Day 5K – Berkshire Medical Center

Litchfield Hills Triathlon  Brodie Park

Hopkins Vineyard Triathlon – Washington Volunteer Ambulance

Sandy Beach Triathlon   – Sandy Beach Restoration Fund

Jane Lloyd Fund Bike Ride   – Pays living expenses for area cancer sufferers

Canaan Rail Road Days 5 Mile   – NW CT YMCA

Harlem Valley Rail Ride  – several local charities

Junk Yard Dogs Half  – Lustgarten Foundation (for pancreatic cancer research)

Tour of the Litchfield Hills   – Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills

Beach to Beach 5K   – Bantam Lake Protective Association

Torrington Donors Week Road Race    – Torrington Trails Network

Overdose Awareness Walk  – help for individuals struggling with addiction

High watch 3rd Annual Sprint for Sobriety 5K  – financial aid for addiction recovery

Lee Founders Day 5K  –  Lee High School cross country team

Relay For Life Litchfield High School  – American Cancer Society

Cerebral Palsy Walk   – Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County

Free to Run Trail Races  – support women and girls living in areas of conflict

Miles 4 Moe 5K  – Camp Moe

Roe Jan Ramble  – Housatonic Valley Rail Trail

Hogsback Half Marathon   – Running For Rescues (animal welfare)

Run for Your Knives   – scholarships

Apple Squeeze 5 Mile   – Morris Elementary PTO

Gould Farm Running for Recovery  – support programs for addiction recovery

Walk the Walk for Recovery   – Villa Veritas Foundation (addiction recovery)

Steep Rock 10K   – Washington, CT charities

Relay For Life Berkshires  – American Cancer Society

Fall Fest 5K Run/Walk  – Housatonic Youth Service Bureau

Fall Foliage 1/2 Marathon & 5K  – Michael J. Fox Foundation

Norfolk Tour de Forest  – Norfolk Rails to Trails

Steel Rail Half Marathon/ 8K  – Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Ryan’s Run    – Ryan McElroy Children Cancer Foundation,

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Litchfield Cty  – American Cancer Society

Berkshire healthcare Harvest Run  – Berkshire Healthcare

12th Annual Cider Run   – Wamogo scholarship Fund

Burlington 5K   – Burlington Community Fund

Hidden Valley Half Marathon  – Washington emergency services

Ed McGuire 20th Annual Cannonball Run  – Falls Village Volunteer Fire Co

Valatie Veterans 5K Run   – Valatie Boy Scout Troop 2114

Steep Rock Half Marathon  – local Washington charities

DWTA Turkey Raffle Run  – Center for Compassion

Great Barrington Turkey Trot, 44th Annual  – local charities

Jingle Bell 38th Annual 5K Run  – Litchfield Parks and Recreation

Jingle Bell Fun Run – Eagle Toy Fund

Litchfield/Morris Rotary & Litchfield Lions 19th Annual Golf Tournament  – Litchfield and Wamogo High school scholarships

Murphy Open  – Jane Lloyd Fund

4th Annual Isaiah Lamb Golf Classic  – Financial assistance to students with disabilities

Couch-Pipa Annual Golf Tournament  – Scholarships for Canaan and Falls Village students

Friends of Moe Golf Tournament  – Support for local families in need

Knights of Columbus Adam J. Mahalak Memorial Golf Tournament  – Local scholarships

Tournament for the Orphans   – support for orphanages in Ghana

James Ducillo Exchange Golf Tournament  – Canaan and Falls Village student scholarships

4th Annual Retro Dodge Ball Tournament  – Litchfield Education Fund

VFW Auxiliary Bunco Tournament  – VFW projects

Recreation Scholarship Benefit 3rd Annual Basketball Game  – Scholarships

Pittsfield Super Polar Plunge  – Special Olympics, MA

9th Annual Monopoly Tournament  – Berkshire County Kids Place

Ride 1 Rally   – Alzheimer’s Association

Spring Splash   – Jane Lloyd Fund and John Rice Scholarship Fund

Special Olympics NY Summer Games  – Special Olympics, NY

Goshen Stampede   – Goshen Agricultural Society

Salisbury Cricket Match  – Jane Lloyd Fund and Salisbury Ambulance

Round Hill 96th Annual Highland Games  – Alzheimer’s Association

Dutchess Dragon Boat Race   – Habitat for Humanity, Dutchess County

Jane Lloyd Fund Clambake  – Jane Lloyd Fund

Kentucky Derby Social   – Salisbury Rotary for local high school scholarships

Goshen Fair  – Scholarships

Bethlehem Fair   – Scholarships

Brew Ski Fest   – Salisbury Winter Sports Association

Trans Am Fall Classic   – Alzheimer’s Association

IMSA Northeast Grand Prix   – Alzheimer’s Association

Norfolk Curling Club Bonspiels  – Norfolk Curling Club programs

United Way and Charlie Ormsby Golf Tournament – United Way and golf scholarships for children

United Way Glo-Ball Tournament – United Way of NW CT

Berkshire County ARC Golf Tournament –  Berkshire County ARC programs

Maplebrook School Golf Tournament –  scholarships

Litchfield Open –  Litchfield Sports Booster Club

Torrington Child Care Center Golf Tournament – funds Care Center activities

John V. Ventetti  K of C Golf Tournament – scholarships

Immaculate Conception Church Golf Outing – fund ongoing church maintenance

Oliver Wolcott Golf Scramble  – scholarships

Torrington/Winsted Rotary Golf Tournament –  funds a variety of local charities

Drive For a Cure – supports a local family with health challenges

Great Barrington Rotary Club Golf Tournament –  scholarships

Salisbury Youth Hockey Golf Tournament  – supports the Salisbury Youth Hockey program

Tee Up 4 Autism –  supports Torrington Area Families for Autism

Earth Angels Fight Against Cancer Golf Tournament –  supports Moments House

Ice Bucket Open  –  ALS Association , Connecticut Chapter

Sheffield Fire Co. Golf Tournament –  supports Fire Co. programs

Torrington Lion’s Club –  scholarships and eye research

HYSB Annual Golf Tournament – supports programs of Housatonic Youth service Bureau

John Foley Lone Oak Challenge Golf Tournament –  Canaan Fire Co.

Salisbury Central School Golf Tournament –  supports eighth grade class trip

Hearts of the Father Golf Tournament –  supports educational programs in Africa

UNICO Golf Tournament –  supports Torrington area charities

Gerald Miller Boys and Girls Club of the Berkshires Golf Tournament – supports Boys and Girls Club

Fairview Golf Classic – funds new hospital equipment

Kara Zinke Golf Tournament –  supports local families in need

Gilbert School Blue & Gold 5K – supports school athletic programs

Gilbert School Blue & Gold Golf Tournament – supports Gilbert School athletic programs

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