NEW BRITAIN - Connecticut Breast Health Initiative has announced its music lineup for Race in The Park, scheduled for Saturday, May 11, rain or shine.
Jeff Mainville’s Acoustic Trio will perform at the 5K event. The Connecticut-based band covers six decades of popular music including country, rock, blues, and an array of radio hits. The band features Jeff Mainville, Billy Steele and piano player Erik Haeger.
The group has performed in over a thousand shows in the past 18 years, covering everything from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Luke Bryan.
Race in The Park is a Mother’s Day weekend tradition held annually in Walnut Hill Park. The event includes a 5K run, a 4K walk, a 1-mile walk and a kids’ challenge. Money raised from the event goes to fund breast cancer research and education specifically for the state of Connecticut.
“We raise money here and we keep it here for research. No one else does that,” said CTBHI President Joyce Bray. “There are great ideas out there for research and we’ve got to keep trying to fund them. I think the end of cancer begins with research,” she added.
This year’s goal is to get 5,000 people registered and to raise $500,000. The money raised will be voted upon by a grants committee made up of physicians, scientists, educators, and cancer survivors, who will make recommendations based on outcomes and impacts, whether the research fits their criteria, and if it fits within their budget. The recommendations are then given to a board of directors, and the money is granted out in October. Over $3.75 million in total grants have been funded to date.
In 2018, grants were awarded to Stamford Health, UConn Health, and the University of Connecticut. The grants were used for various breast cancer related studies including one to advance research in reducing the number of breast biopsies.
“Every person who participates, every dollar donated, brings us closer to the next breakthrough and ultimately a cure,” said Bray.
This year, former Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz, and New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart are the race’s honorary co-chairs.
As a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly, Bysiewicz wrote legislation to ban dangerous “drive-through” mastectomies and ensure that women being treated for breast cancer have proper care.
Breast cancer survivors will be honored on race day with a survivor breakfast from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m.
New this year will be a Connecticut Artisan Market that will feature local artists and vendors. Family activities include Touch-a-Truck, Home Depot’s Build in the Park, and a kids expo for children 12 and under. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes.
The entrance fee for adults is $30 and $15 for children.
To register, pledge or volunteer, visit www.ctbhi.org
Michelle France can be reached at 860-801-5087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Connecticut Breast Health Initiative Race in The Park
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, rain or shine
WHERE: Walnut Hill Park
PRICE: $30 for adults and $15 for youth