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Great Pumpkin Challenge to Return to Main Street

Rising Newtown High School sophomore Mackenzie Page is planning to issue her yearly challenge to Newtown again this fall, in the hopes that The Great Pumpkin Challenge will enhance the tradition of celebrating Halloween on Main Street. This week Mackenzie said her decision last year to donate part of the donations to The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp, Paul Newman’s nonprofit organization for seriously ill children, will be furthered this fall with all of the collected money going to the camp.

Travelers: An Inspiring Open at TPC River Highlands

The star of Monday's opening ceremonies of the Travelers Golf Championship at TPC River Highlands was 11-year-old Cameron Merritt. Merritt was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin's Lymphoma when in kindergarten. He talked about the battles he went through, including the surgeries and the chemotherapy. "I wore my Red Sox cap to cover my bald head," he said. He also talked about his times at the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a place established by actor Paul Newman for children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. "When I go to camp it's the most wonderful time of the year," he said. "I hope to be a counselor one day."

Road Race Benefits Hole in Wall, Other Charities

The Fairfield Road Races are a non-profit organization that, with the help of its participants, has contributed over $4 million to non-profit groups in the past.
Race Director Steve Lobdell said “This past year alone a record amount of over $400,000 was raised for the Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Operation Gift Cards, John Patrick Flanagan Foundation, Fairfield YMCA and a number of other local charities.”