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Even Mother Nature Can’t Spoil the Spirit of KIDZFEST 2014

By Human Services Council

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Norwalk, CT - Human Services Council’s 3rd Annual KIDZFEST Touch-A-Truck Fundraiser to benefit Children’s Connection was held last Saturday, October 4, 2014, and while monsoon conditions put a damper on the turnout, the true spirit of the event was more evident than ever. So many wonderful people braved the weather and dedicated their time that day. 35+ truckers, 40 student volunteers from Brien McMahon and Norwalk H.S., the New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Weston and Wilton Police Departments were on site with special response vehicles, cruisers, quads and HumVees. The Norwalk Fire Department, City Carting, Conte Co., FGB Construction, Tumble Jungle, Devine Bros., Norwalk Ambulance, CL&P and the Norwalk Transit District came with city buses, excavators, cement mixers, monster trucks, ambulances, and shredding and bucket trucks, and new this year was the zodiac boat from Aquarion Water Company and the disaster relief vehicle brought by the Red Cross. Others included The Roaming Railroad, Hot off the Grille Food Truck, and Bounce U. Special guests included John Voket and the 95.9 The Fox Street team who kept an upbeat outlook even though the weather did not cooperate.

Kari Pesavento, program director, was truly grateful and expressed her heartfelt gratitude for the tremendous outpouring of support and dedication, she said, “Everyone was amazing. It was a true testament to their commitment of the work Children’s Connection does. They were all disappointed with the weather, but still wanted to give it a go.” “They all kept saying – it’s for the kids!” KIDZFEST represents the largest fundraising event of the year for Children’s Connection and with only 60 people attending down from the previous year of 1,500 the program was far from achieving its goal of $10,000. The funds raised for this event help children and families in New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton and Weston who suffer from sexual and physical abuse. Children’s Connection is a nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center that works to identify, substantiate and treat these types of cases. KIDZFEST event co-chair, Norwalk Police Det. Tim Marquis said “Children’s Connection’s services are vital to the work that we do and help law enforcement get the information we need to hold offenders accountable without traumatizing the children and families involved. I love being so involved in the planning of this great event and while it was disappointing that the weather didn’t cooperate, we look forward to a bigger and better event next year.” Children’s Connection accepts donations year-round to support its child abuse services. Donations can be made by going to or checks can be made payable to Children’s Connection and sent to Human Services Council at 1 Park Street, Norwalk, CT 06851.

KIDZFEST Lead Sponsor: Paymer Associates and NDTCM.
Additional Sponsors: James P. Murphy and Associates, Lori Bigelow, Westport Police PBA and Police Union, Wilton Police Union and Police PBA, Connecticut Pepsi Bottlers Assoc., Inc., Norwalk Police PBA and Police Union, EFA Partners, New Canaan Police PBA, and Sequel.

For almost seven decades, the Human Services Council has identified unmet community needs and has filled in the gaps by creating and fostering programs that educate, safeguard and empower the people of our communities. Collaborating with other local agencies, the Human Services Council serves over 8,000 children, families and individuals each year. To learn more about the Human Services Council or any of our programs please call (203) 849-1111 or visit

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