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Halloween Safe Zone in Need of Major Sponsor


The Halloween Safe Zone committee is seeking one or more major sponsors for it’s annual Oct. 31st event.

The event costs about $10,000 to put on each year. A major sponsor could have their name be part of the event title.

“Each year we get donations from $2 to $1,000. While we appreciate every penny, it would be nice to have one sponsor donate $5,000 or more to become our major sponsor,” said Robin Vinci, co-founder of the event. “The car show downtown is known as the TD Bank Car Show. I would love to see a business take that honor for this event.”

The 2018 event is set to take place in its seventh year.

“This has quickly become of one New Britain’s favorite events. It is the only opportunity for the community to give something for the elementary children to do safely,” said Gerry Amodio, downtown district chairman and event coordinator. “Everyone is on the bandwagon as the stores and volunteers come out for it. It is a grass roots event.”

Amodio said there is 70,000-80,000 pieces of candy given out to close to 8,000 people in attendance.

“We can’t do it without help. We do it with small donations,” Amodio added. “The safety of the event has been lauded, not only on social media and in print, but on NBC Connecticut, WVIT Channel 30, WFSB CBS Channel 3, and was listed by WTNH ABC News8 which listed our event as one of the Top Ten Best Halloween Events to attend.”

The event runs from Washington Street to Bank Street, Main Street from Columbus Blvd to Chestnut Street. Streets are closed and police will be present.

Over 30 businesses hand out candy and a DJ fills the air with appropriate music.

A fire truck and other emergency equipment are on hand for children to view. The YWCA Dancers will perform “Thriller”.

Mayor Erin Stewart and The New Britain Parks and Recreation Department also present events in front of City Hall. Jaws Pawn Shop hands out balloons for the children.

“It is time for us to take this event to the highest level for our children. New Britain kids deserve an event that is both fun and safe,” said Vinci. “Children talk about this event all year long. It is a great family tradition.”

Past sponsors have included Community Chest of New Britain and Berlin, The New Britain Bees, NB Police Union, Dunkin’ Donuts, Sgt. Dave Mocarsky & Lt. John Rodriquez, Jaws Pawn Shop, Ald. Willie Pabon, Ald. Danny Salerno, Ald. Don Naples, Ald. Jamie Giantonio, Mayor Erin E. Stewart, Maria Pietrantuono, an Anonymous Donor, Costco, Roma Bar and Grill, West Side Tavern, Pizza Pal, Catanzaro Meats, and New Britain McDonald’s.

Although a major sponsor is being sought, the event still needs smaller donations.

If you wish to donate, you can send checks to; Downtown/NBCJ Halloween Trick or Treat Safe Zone, c/o New Britain Down Town District, 66 West Main Street, New Britain, CT 06050. Candy donations are also appreciated.

For more information contact Amodio at 860-229-0878.