Cookoff For a Cause

August 24th, 2012 at 2:06 pm by under Community, WTNH Blogs

2012 is The Connection’s 40th anniversary year

 Thursday evening WTNH Community Affairs joined the Connection Fund at their annual Cookoff For a Cause at The Grove at Grand Oaks in  Middletown.  You may have seen their Associate Director of Communications, Claire Bien, on CT Style  last year speaking about the work they do in human services and community development.  They offer a range of services,  from behavior health to community justice, and have over 38 programs across the state.  Proceeds from the Chili Cookoff  went to support women, children and family services in Middlesex County.  

The weather was beautiful and the chili was spicy! First place went to Southside Market and this year the people’s choice award went to New England Emporium, upsetting the  two year record held by First and Last Tavern.  Speakers included, the Director of Fund Development Michael Woolworth  and Charles Michell, who spoke about coming through one of The Connection’s programs in 2008.   Michell told an inspiring story of how the program helped him to transform his life; he expressed such gratitude to the staff, volunteers, donors and people in the community that support The Connection and enable this kind of transformation for himself and many others.

 The event was a great success and there are many more to come for this non-profit celebrating its 40th anniversary year.  Please look for their Gala in Cromwell on September 18th as well as The Wicked Good 5k and Festival Family Festival in New haven on October 28th.

This years judges – State representative Matt Lesser, Middletown’s Mayor Dan Drew and Brian O’Rourke, owner of O’Rourke’s Diner


Christina Tomasso from Southside Market & Catering

Jaimie Stone from New England Emporium


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