Thanks to all who attended the Green Ribbon Ride!
The Newtown Green Ribbon Ride that took place Sunday May 5, 2013 dedicated to the Newtown First Responders, and the memory of the 26 Angels, sponsored by the five Newtown Fire Departments (Sandy Hook, Hook and Ladder, Botsford, Hawleyville, and Dodgingtown) was extremely successful.
The opening ceremony hosted by Mayor Lauretti and the City of Shelton was attended by Lt Governor Wyman, US Senator Blumenthal, US Congresswomen Esty, Attorney General Jepsen, Mayor Lauretti, and First Selectman Herbst, with Ride Director Fred Garrity and Sandy Hook Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Capozziello and Greg Gnandt. Both Chaz and AJ from the morning show on WPLR 99.1/The FOX 95.9 also addressed the crowd. The after party was hosted by Westfield Trumbull Mall assisted by Trumbull police and Trumbull Fire.
- There were 2,000 registered participants
- 9 Fire departments, 9 local Police departments and CT State Police
- Up to 10,000 spectators lined the motorcade route, with signs and banners of support and remembrance.
- Amazingly there were approx 100 motorcycle Police Escorts from at least 6 states (ME, MA, PA, NY, NJ, CT) leading the motorcade
- The 30 mile route traveled Shelton, Derby, Seymour, Oxford, Newtown, Monroe, Trumbull
- Through the generosity of sponsors and riders, there will be approximately $50,000.00 distributed to the recipients listed.
- The main focus was not fundraising but simply to pay tribute
- The five Newtown Fire Departments will be issuing the 36 checks within the week and a full accounting will be presented to those receiving monies.
Fund Recipients (36):
The monies will be distributed directly to the 26 families (26 checks), to the Sandy Hook Family Healing Fund, to the Newtown Police Union, to Newtown EMS, to each of the five Newtown Fire Departments (5 checks), and two local children’s charities in honor of the lost children, The Center for Women & Families and Al’s Angels (2 checks).
The Green Ribbon Ride truly succeeded in being a positive step for Newtown and its neighbors to pay tribute in a safe and public display of solidarity. All the hours of planning really bore fruit.