By Jason Harris
The Red Cross Heroes Ball happens March 23 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. This year the Red Cross is celebrating their blood drive sponsors, volunteers, and donors who help save lives by supporting Red Cross blood drives.
Keith Kountz, who works for News 8 (WTNH), will be emceeing the event that starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m.
You can purchase tickets to the Heroes Ball here.
The Red Cross Heroes Ball takes place on Saturday, March 23, at the Connecticut Convention Center located at 100 Columbus Blvd. in Hartford, Connecticut.
You can follow the Connecticut and Rhode Island Red Cross chapters on these social media channels.
Colchester residents Fred Brown, Rob Suchecki, Walter Cox and Greg Cordova will spend this weekend on the Town Green raising money for the Colchester Fuel Bank.
These four men will be accepting donations from Friday, Feb. 8 at p.m., until Sunday, Feb. 10, at noon. Checks can be made out to Freezin’ for a Reason. If you can’t make it to the green, any branch of United Bank is accepting donations and you can use Paypal, with’the email email@example.com to donate online.
This annual event started in 2010 and was originally called “Three Men in a Tent.” The inaugural cast of characters in that tent were First Selectman Gregg Schuster, Realtor Jack Faski, and Charity Founder Fred Brown.
The three men spent Friday through Sunday on the Colchester Town Green, accepting donations from anyone who happened to stop by. The three did their best to keep warm over a 55-gallon “burn barrel.”
The first year the trio raised approximately $5,000. The next year, 2011, brought similar results.
The event has since morphed into Freezin’ for a Reason, and the “lucky” participants are now local police officer Rob Suchecki, Hayward Fire Department Chief Walter Cox, M & J Bus Inc. Dispatch Manager Greg Cordova, and Brown.
“We are a visual reminder of all those in need of heating assistance,” Suchecki said.
Year-to-date, “Freezin’ for a Reason” has donated approximately $86,000 to the Colchester Fuel Bank.
Please visit the 2019 Freezin’ for a Reason fundraiser on the Colchester Town Green from 2:00 pm Friday, Feb. 8 to noon on Sunday, Feb. 10 and drop a few dollars into their bucket. If you can’t make it to the Green, visit any United Bank location and deposit to their (Freezin’ for a Reason) account. If you can’t do that, please use PayPal and use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org to donate.