Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a charge to participate?
There is a $25 minimum pledge for each walker. This donation not only supports both our Shelton and Ansonia clubhouses, it provides you with a commemorative walkathon T-shirt and lunch, provided exclusively for our walkers by Outback Steakhouse. You will also receive discounted entry to the Soupstock Festival soup cook-off tent. Soupstock is an all-day festival which raises money for the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund. (See What is Soupstock?
below, or visit them at www.soupstockfestival.org
Where can I park?
There is plenty of public parking in the municipal lot directly adjacent to the park, as well as on-street parking throughout the downtown area.
Can I bring my dog?
Yes, provided you keep him or her on a leash and clean up after them.
Can I rollerblade, skateboard, or ride my bike?
No, for the safety of the pedestrians. There is a city-operated Skate Park at the end of the green.
What should I bring?
Sunglasses or hat with a visor if it's a bright, sunny day. Sunscreen. A water bottle. You may also want to bring a lawnchair for after the walk and stay to enjoy the Soupstock Festival. If it rains on Saturday, we'll move the event to Sunday. If it rains Sunday, we'll be there under our umbrellas and rain ponchos!
Why are you doing this?
To support the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley's Shelton and Ansonia clubhouses—the programs (such as Immersion Science and Healthy Habits), the special events (such as the Halloween and Christmas parties for our members), the everyday needs (such as napkins and cups in our cafeteria, games for our gamesroom, balls for our gymnasium). Our Club holds two major fundraisers each year: Back-a-Kid in the fall, and the Walkathon in the spring. These two fundraisers aim to support our Clubhouses for the whole year.
How long is the walk route?
The walk route is approximately half a mile. You may walk as many or as few loops as you wish.
What is Soupstock?
Soupstock is the annual fundraising event for the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund. Mary was a long-time ceramics teacher at our Shelton Clubhouse, as well a a friend and mentor to many of our children. Our walkathon is being held in conjunction with Soupstick Festival, which is an all-day festival complete with soup tasting, live bands, and artisans demonstrating and selling their crafts. For more information about Soupstock, visit their website at www.soupstockfestival.org
Are you raising money for Soupstock?
No. Soupstock is holding its own fundraising event in conjunction with our walkathon. The Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell FUnd lists our Boys & Girls Club as one of the beneficiaries of its efforts. Our relationship with Mary and her grandchildren made it a natural fit to hold our event with theirs. If you are interested in making a donation to Soupstock, visit them at www.soupstockfestival.org