Photo by Erik Trautmann from The Hour

Photo by Erik Trautmann from The Hour

Running Toward a Healthy Lifestyle

The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces The 15th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race to take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT

Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, announced The 15th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race, which will take place on Saturday, July 27th at 8:00 am at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut and is promoted by the Lightfoot Running Club.

Ginger and her husband, Larry, have been members of the Lightfoot Running Club for over 30 years and are co-founders of The Courage to Speak Foundation. The race is dedicated to Ian Eaccarino, the son of Ginger and Larry, who passed away after an unfortunate drug overdose. The 9-Mile Race is dedicated to Ian’s memory, as he worked at the beach the summer before he died and personally planted many of the trees that are now aligned with this beautiful beach.

The Courage to Speak Foundation is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1996 whose mission is to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free and parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs. Over the past 17 years, Ginger and Larry together have presented Ian’s story to hundreds of thousands of people across the country and have been recognized on a state and national level for their work.

The Courage to Speak Foundation has developed drug prevention curricula, taught in Connecticut schools and beyond, and Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101® a free course offered in English and Spanish that educates parents on how to keep their children safe from drugs which has been evaluated and recommend by Yale University. Over one thousand parents have attended the program and over 110 facilitators are trained to teach the course throughout Connecticut as well as many other states.

The 15th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile  Race will begin at 8:00 am on Saturday, July 27th, 2013 at Calf Pasture Beach. The race is a wonderful way to bring the community together while promoting a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. Last year, 163 runners participated in this extraordinary community race. A plaque was given to Andrew Kramer, 15, visiting from Chicago for crossing the finish line as the youngest participant in the race.

While we would love to have you on the course, running isn’t the only way to provide support.

We also need your financial support to make the race a success. Your donation will help the Courage to Speak Foundation continue our drug prevention education programs in our elementary, middle, and high schools, workplaces and communities and you may help save a life in the process by allowing us to speak to more students about how easily the decision to use drugs can change their life. Your generosity will also help fund our Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101® program that gives parents the tools they need to keep their children safe. This extraordinary community event underscores the importance of passion, commitment and a healthy drug-free lifestyle – the essence of our message to young people.

Our sponsors for the race include The Lightfoot Running Club, Norwalk Recreation and Parks Department, Bob’s Discount Furniture, The Bennett Family, R.T. Vanderbilt Holding Company, Cap Beyer, Lorraine Watcke, Graphixworks: Lisa Richards, People’s United Bank, The Kramser Family, and Marlene De Bellis.  But we need more help so that we can continue our important mission. Please consider becoming a sponsor: Platinum Sponsor ($2,500), Gold Sponsor ($1,000), Silver Sponsor ($500), Bronze Sponsor ($250) and Friend of the Race ($100).

You can also donate by calling our office (203) 831-9700 or  clicking ‘Donate Now’ icon on our website www.couragetospeak.org.

Together we can make a difference in the lives of our children, empowering them to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs.

For information about sponsoring the race, running in the race and volunteering, please call Ginger Katz at (877) 431-3295 or e-mail gkatz@couragetospeak.org or visit our events page on our  website http://www.couragetospeak.org/Events.aspx

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