Get ready for Thanksgiving with a short run around New Canaan on Sunday, November 20, at 11:30am. The 13th annual 5K run/walk begins and ends at Waveny Park on South Avenue in New Canaan.

Race day registration opens at 10:30 a.m. on November 20, and the race starts at 11:30 a.m. There is a $25 entrance fee for the event and any small donations are welcome. The walk and run will take place rain or shine. Students can use this event to earn community service hours. Clothing donations are also being accepted, including adults’ and children’s coats, gloves, hats, scarves, and blankets.

Organized by a team of New Canaan and Weston students, the event provides much-needed funds for The Open Door Shelter. This event is chaired by Paige Lord and co-chaired by Brielle Connelly, Morgan Connelly, Teddy Schoenholtz, and Dave Tamburri. “Each year, the Turkey Trot encourages members of our community to give back during the holiday season,” says Paige Lord.

To register online for this year’s New Canaan Turkey Trot, visit

If you cannot attend but would still like to contribute, please make a check payable to The Open Door Shelter and send to 4 Merritt Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 or visit

This year’s race sponsors include: Brighton Health Group, Building and Land Technology, Cobblecourt Interiors, Hospital for Special Surgery, JoyRide Cycling Studio, Kitchens by Deane, and New Balance New Canaan.


Please join The Open Door Shelter at Fat Cat Pie Company in Norwalk to help people in need in our community.

On Wednesday, October 19, Fat Cat is opening their doors to us for an evening of food, wine and fun with friends. Enjoy a variety of thin crust pizza, artisanal cheeses and delicious salads while tasting a few of Fat Cat’s acclaimed wine selections from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.

The Open Door Shelter provides food, shelter, and services every day of the year to people in the greater Norwalk area. It’s often a surprise to people when they learn that hundreds of individuals and families right here at home come to The Open Door Shelter each year for support. Friends like you help to make sure that anyone in crisis or living in poverty has a place to go.

Please register below to be a part of this great event. (If you can’t make it, please consider donating to help those in need in the Norwalk area!)

Register now!

This event is supported by Bankwell.