Top Upcoming Summer Charity Events In Connecticut

June 16, 2014 8:00 AM

Summer has finally arrived, and Connecticut has plenty of great parks, beaches and baseball stadiums to enjoy during the season. But there are also plenty of events being held where you can not only have a great time, but also help others in need. Here are some of the fun ways you can help various charitable organizations over the next three months.

Travelers Championship
TPC River Highlands
1 Golf Club Road
Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 635-5000

Date: June 16-22, 2014

The PGA Tour makes it annual visit to Connecticut for the first official week of summer. Besides being one of the state’s premier sporting events, the tournament has raised millions for local charities, including $1.25 million in 2013. Among the dozens of charities that will receive proceeds this year are the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hartford, the Channel 3 Kids Camp and the United Way. The Celebrity Pro-Am takes place on Wednesday, with the tournament officially beginning the following day. The 2014 field includes PGA stars like Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson and two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson.

Central CT Pet Fair Dog Walk & 5K Road Race
Hubbard Park
999 W. Main St.
Meriden, CT 06037
(860) 666-3337

Date: June 28, 2014 at 8 a.m.

This event to benefit the Connecticut Humane Society offers plenty to keep pet lovers busy. Take part in the 5K race starting at 8:30 a.m. and then join your favorite canine for the Dog Walk at 9:30 a.m. Even if you don’t participate in either, you can come for the pet fair with its vendors, demos and opportunities to adopt shelter animals. Don’t forget to bring packages of dog or cat food to donate to the Pet Pantry.

Concorsco Ferrari & Friends Car Show
West Hartford Center
LaSalle Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

Date: June 29, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Automobile enthusiasts won’t want to miss this event – consistently one of the best car shows in the state. Over a hundred beautiful Italian autos from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Alfa Romeo and Maseratis will be on display on West Hartford’s Lasalle Road. The event benefits Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and as always, many of its patients will ride in the “Parade of Cars” that travels from the Center to CCMC and back. In between admiring new and classic models, you can check out deals from Center shops and maybe even run into a local celebrity.

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The Tour of the Litchfield Hills
Coe Park
101 Litchfield St.
Torrington, CT 06790

Date: Aug. 3, 2014 at 6 a.m.

Bicyclists looking to challenge themselves in the name of a good cause should consider entering the 2014 Tour of the Litchfield Hills. The 11th annual noncompetitive event allows sponsored riders to bike in the northwest corner of Connecticut with the money going to the Cancer Care Fund of Litchfield Hills. There are five routes to choose from ranging in length from 12 miles to 100 miles (with rest areas along the way offering refreshments). Never got the training wheels off? You can still participate by walking a route of 2.4, 4.2 or 6 miles through downtown Torrington.

Ride For Independence
Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation
103 Vision Way
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(860) 243-5200

Date: July 20, 2014 at 9 a.m.

For the fourth straight year the Ride For Independence allows motorcycle riders to raise money for the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation. The motorcycles will depart at 11:45 a.m. for a nearly two-hour trip through the Farmington Valley. Those who don’t ride are still welcome to attend to send riders off and enjoy the barbecue that begins at 1:30 p.m. upon their return. You may also purchase a flag to remember a fallen military hero from your family that will be exhibited in the event’s Field of Flags.

Related: Top Spots For A Picnic In Connecticut

Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on

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