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US Day 2016 Benefits Stamford Charities

State Sen. Carlo Leone, shown mentoring a student at an SPEF meeting, is US Day 2016 honorary chair.
State Sen. Carlo Leone, shown mentoring a student at an SPEF meeting, is US Day 2016 honorary chair. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- US Day 2016, which celebrates the diversity of Stamford youth and their families by offering family-centered entertainment, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Two of Fairfield County’s non-profit organizations, the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) and MarcUS for Change, are collaborating to present the event from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Mill River Park in Stamford.

It features the Fourth Annual MarcUS for Change 5K Walk and Run.

US Day 2016 Honorary Chair State Sen. Carlo Leone said, “The City of Stamford is fortunate to have organizations like SPEF and MarcUS for Change that have a deep commitment to supporting education in our community. Their work consistently impacts the lives of Stamford youth. I’m truly honored to serve as Chair for US Day 2016.”

Highlights of US Day 2016 will include: the Chelsea Piers Obstacle Course for Kids, Eat the Colors of the Rainbow from Whole Foods, a multicultural parade presented by the Mayor’s Multicultural Council and led by Mayor David Martin, the Kids Zone organized by Kids Helping Kids, music from Pop Music Academy, and much more.

It also includes a showcase of community organizations and businesses that focus on helping youth achieve healthy personal, academic, social and career-ready skills for success. The kick off activity, the MarcUS for Change 5K Walk and Run, celebrates the memory of Marcus Dixon McInerney, a Stamford High School graduate who overcame many life challenges and moved ahead to attend the U.S. Military Academy, before his life ended tragically in 2012.

“Marcus’ struggle is all too familiar in Connecticut, particularly in areas like Stamford, Norwalk, Bridgeport and Hartford, where half of the youth in these Connecticut communities live at or below the poverty line,” noted Rose McInerney, co-founder of the MarcUS for Change Foundation. US Day family activities are free.

To register for the MarcUS for Change 5K Walk and Run, click here.

Pre-registration is $25; day-of registration is $30; all students 18 and under are free; registration is requested.

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