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Paddle Your Way To End Hunger At Bridgeport Rescue Mission Charity Event

Five private Fairfield County clubs will participate in the the sixth annual Paddle Against Hunger charity marathon on Oct. 14 and 15.
Five private Fairfield County clubs will participate in the the sixth annual Paddle Against Hunger charity marathon on Oct. 14 and 15. Photo Credit: contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- The sixth annual Paddle Against Hunger charity marathon, a paddle tennis event to raise funds for Bridgeport Rescue Mission, will be held on Friday and Saturday in Fairfield.

The marathon will take place at five private Fairfield County clubs: The Patterson Club, Brooklawn Country Club, Country Club of Fairfield, Fairfield Beach Club and Fairfield County Hunt Club.

Founded in 2011 by paddle-tennis enthusiasts and supporters of Bridgeport Rescue Mission, Dave Amendola and Joe Murphy, the event has raised close to $190,000 in the past five years.

According to event co-founder Amendola, involvement has more than doubled since the first year.

“In addition to the Fairfield Beach Club that joined us for the first time last year, we’re excited to announce that our friends at Brooklawn Country Club, Fairfield County Hunt Club and Country Club of Fairfield will participate in this year’s event,” he said.

Paddlers from each of these clubs will host concurrent events at their respective clubs.

Collectively, the clubs hope to increase contributions exponentially to support the Mission’s services and programs for the poor and homeless in coastal Fairfield County, according to a press release.

Proceeds from this event come at a vital time for the Mission as it prepares to provide food, coats and gifts for thousands of homeless and impoverished men, women and children during the upcoming holiday season, the release said.

“Our Great ThanksGiving Project provides 3,000 families in need with holiday meals and coats—in addition to our daily meals, recovery and outreach services for hundreds of men, women and children — and this requires a tremendous amount of resources,” said Bridgeport Rescue Mission executive director Terry Wilcox. “Funds from community events like this help provide the critical support needed to ensure we can continue to meet the growing needs of our hungry and homeless neighbors. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership.”

For additional information about this event, contact Donna Romano at, and for information on the Mission’s programs and services for the homeless and hurting men, women and children, visit

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