Benhaven Walk

Benhaven’s First Annual Walk for Autism

Benhaven held a very successful walk for autism on September 30, 2018. Over 300 people who support Benhaven participated in our two mile walk on a beautifully sunny day. It was a gathering of individuals we serve; family members; staff, Board members, and community supporters.  Everyone enjoyed not only the opportunity to support this organization but to have time to reconnect with old friends, and be introduced to other families and staff, all together to support a shared goal.

We had set what we thought was an ambitious goal to raise $30,000 to assist us to serve individuals and families in need and to help some of our individuals find meaningful work. We feel blessed to have raised over $34,000 in donations. This was the result of our generous sponsors: Rose and Kiernan, Anthem, Webster Bank, Town Fair Tire, Hancock Pharmacy, David Fantarella Dental Group, L.E. Whitford, PMT Associates, Red Baron Carpet Cleaning, Bay State Software, Rural Gas, GC Electric, Calcagni Real Estate, DS Sewing, Goody’s Hardware, Bodi’n Motion, Coach Auto body, Yale Child Study Center, and Cannan Christian Fellowship; and the individual donations from staff, families and friends of Benhaven. The Hartford Yard Goats, Foxwood Casino, Branford Jewelers, Black Hog Brewery and SB Projects also donated goods for us to raffle. We thank every one of you for your belief in us and for your generosity. As we decide how best to use the donations we will update our Donations Page so you can see how children and adults we serve benefit from your financial commitment.

An event like this is only successful with a lot of help planning, preparing and creating the event. We had a committed and involved Steering Committee. I want to thank our members: John Baldino, Charity Baldino, Tacie Lowe, Tabitha Lougal, Mary Psybyski, Courtney Shanley, and Kathleen Sterrett. JB Sports was a wonderful partner as our event planner and we thank them for their expertise. We had many volunteers on the day and owe a special debt of gratitude to the North Haven Football Team. They all arrived early and did all of the heavy lifting to create the walk course and set up registration and water areas. Everyone enjoyed hearing the band, The Holy Smokes, starring one of our Teachers, Zach Peters. Stephanie Semoni of Channel 8 News covered our event and showed up in person to kick off the walk.

We are also very appreciative of the many vendors who donated food and water for our walkers to enjoy. These include: Big Y. CVS, Dunkin Donuts of North Haven, Neal’s Donuts, Starbucks, Stop ‘n Shop, and Whitney Bakery in New Haven. 

We hope that each of you can support our sponsors and vendors as you make your choices for where you shop. We could not have been successful without everyone’s support, encouragement and participation.

We are already planning the 2nd Annual Benhaven Walk for Autism. Please save September 29, 2019  as the date. We hope to have an equally enthusiastic turnout.



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