DONT MISS: Arena Attack Takes Over The DCU Center Dec. 28
Friday, December 13, 2013
The concept was invented by Scott Sutter, race director for the Southern New England Athletic Association. As a Division 1 runner, Sutter was accustomed to running in concourses inside his college’s field house during inclement weather. He came up with the idea of the Arena Attack as a way to extend running opportunities for New Englanders. The event was pioneered last January in Hartford to an enthusiastic response.
According to Sutter, “As a runner myself, I know how hard it is to train for the spring unless you go south. Arena Attack gives the running community a properly produced race in the middle of the winter, raises money for a great organization like Children’s Friend, and gives businesses an affordable promotional opportunity.”
For runners looking to be part of an event designed to make a difference while providing optimal running conditions in December, this is the race for you. The perfect test of training before the spring race season, or the ideal course to break a personal record, Arena Attack is an exciting new concept.
Sutter points out that there are a number of advantages to the Arena Attack course. First, it is flat, so forget those seven pesky hills of Worcester. Water stations and bathrooms are never more than a lap away. Runners and spectators will be entertained by an on-course DJ. A sold-out CrossFit Throwdown will be held on the infield. And there will be interesting businesses on display for participants and spectators to browse.
For businesses looking for an affordable way to promote themselves, Arena Attack offers 10x10 spaces with a table for between $100 and $250, with larger displays available for $500. There is plenty of space in the 5,000 square foot Showcase Corner of the DCU Center. A networking event the night before will give sponsors a behind-the-scenes look at the event, and 100% of the funds raised will support Children’s Friend.
Plans are in place to possibly expand to two days in 2014. Sutter also hopes to maximize the fundraising capacity of the building and the event. He is holding out hope that someday he will hand the prep work over to someone else and actually be able to run in the event himself.
Arena Attack offers the following race options, however capacity is limited and spaces are filling quickly.
$60.00 - Half Marathon - 9:00AM Start OR 11:15AM Start
$45.00 - 10k Run - 2:30PM Start OR 3:30PM Start
$35.00 - 5k Run - 8:00AM Start
$15.00 - Kids 1-mile Run - 5:00PM Start
$25.00 - Push Rim & Hand Cycle - 5PM Start
On line registrations can be completed at www.sneaa.org/arena-attack-race-series/. To see availability for registration in each race, log on to www.sneaa.org/arena-attack-race-series/arena-attack-dcu-center-3/.
If an area business would like to showcase, please contact the Arena Attack Director, Scott Sutter, at 413-519-6566 or firstname.lastname@example.org . All information is subject to change. Please check www.sneaa.org/arena-attack-race-series/ or DCUCenter.com for updates.
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The Salvation Army’s traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless. Donations provide and financial assistance provides Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need including families of prisoners. Simply make a donation wherever you see their trademark red kettle or do so online by clicking here.
Goodwill Mass accepts donations of men's, women's or children's clothing and other textiles. Some of the clothing donations are provided to our clients who may need an outfit for an interview or a one week supply of clothing for a new job. Most is sold to neighboring Goodwills, or as salvage with all revenues raised going back into programs and services for Rhode islanders.
You may drop off your old clothing at one of the many clothing donation bins throughout the state or at the drop-box located in 25 Park Avenue, Worcester.
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Formed in 2002, Operation Homefront is a nonprofit organization developed to support military families. On December 14, Operation Homefront will host a “Holiday Toys for Military Kids” event in Wellesly Hills, Taunton, and Springfield from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Toys are limited and are on a first come, first serve registration process. Once your registration is complete you will receive a confirmation email. Please note that this program is for military dependent children only.
Donate non-perishable food items such as rice, beans, and canned vegetables for Thanksgiving distribution by November 21. Donate new or gently used winter clothing such as boots, hats, scarves, and coats to be distributed to ACE families during the holiday season. Donations accepted November – January.
Contact: Amy Connery (508) 799-3653
Donate new toys, games, and books for children of all ages; grocery store gift cards for holiday food baskets; gifts for teens such as movie passes, music, gaming gift cards, and personal care items; and gift cards to clothing and shoe stores to purchase gifts for children and teens. Adopt a family and provide gifts for Christmas. Call for details.
Contact: Sheryl Spafford (508) 832-5707 ext. 10
Donate holiday gifts for children ages 5 – 18 including gift cards for teens to purchase items such as movies, music, and clothing; grocery store gift cards to purchase holiday meals for families in need; and wrapping paper and supplies such as bows and cards. Adopt a family for the holidays and provide gifts. Call for details.
Contact: Liz Hamilton (508) 754-2686
Donate new toys, books, clothes, outerwear, boots, and gift cards for boys and girls ages 4 – 18; gift certificates for movies, bowling, and other activities; non-religious holiday decorations and gift-wrap; and food for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.
Contact: Anna Berin (508) 853-6988
Donate gifts for homeless children of all ages and new household items for more than 80 homeless families including sheet sets, blankets, pots and pans, dishes, silverware, and gift cards to discount and grocery stores. Gifts for teens especially needed.
Contact: Katherine Kerr (508) 791-7265
Donate winter hats and gloves and gift cards to discount stores, grocery stores, and fast food restaurants.
Contact: Brian Bickford (508) 860-1139
Donate new items for newborns and mothers in need: baby blankets, toiletries, newborn undergarments, socks, bibs, infant equipment such as car seats, new maternity clothes, and gift cards for discount and grocery stores. Donate new items for immigrants/refugees such as gloves and mittens, hats, scarves, and home first aid kits. Donate new household items for homeless families including sheet sets, blankets, cooking utensils, pots and pans, and dishes.
Contact: Georgianna Sgariglia
Donate men’s and women’s clothing in all sizes (especially XL and plus sizes) such as sweaters, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jeans, underwear, and t-shirts; toiletries such as hairbrushes, makeup, shampoo, body wash, and lotion; inexpensive male and female jewelry items such as crosses, watches, and rings; games, cards, word search books, and other small gift items.
Contact: Sandy Epstein
Donate non-perishable food for distribution to area emergency feeding programs. Drop off items Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 474 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury. Please call the office before dropping off. Please visit www.foodbank.org for more information.
Donate navy blue blazers, white button down shirts, khaki pants, belts, and dress shoes for boys in sizes from boys’ small to men’s medium; sports equipment such as baseballs, soccer balls, and related items; art supplies and music equipment such as instruments, scores, and songbooks.
Contact: Patrick Maloney
Join us for our annual “Holiday for Heroes” campaign. Assist by reviewing, categorizing, and bundling holiday cards that will be delivered to veterans in Central MA. You would need to dedicate about three hours for this one-time seasonal event in early December. Call to schedule date.
Contact: Ray Duffy (508) 595-3762
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