Newington joining forces with area towns for Relay for Life event

Published on Monday, 5 April 2021 17:09
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


Newington, West Hartford and the Farmington Valley are joining forces for this year’s Relay for Life.

Set to take place on July 31 the American Cancer Society fundraiser will bring together teams and participants to become even bigger and better.

“We have been very lucky to grow our Relay for Life success year-over-year in the Farmington Valley,” Relay For Life Team Recruitment Chairman Dr. Harvey Dutil said in a press release. “To build upon our success, we welcome our neighboring friends from Newington and West Hartford to join us in this year’s in-person event.”

The mission of Relay for Life is to raise money for cancer research and patient support while giving communities, survivors and those who lost loved ones to the disease an opportunity to come together.

The Farmington Valley Relay for Life has grown to be highly successful over its 21 years running, being recognized in 2018 and 2019 as the fourth-highest earner out of 3,000 Relay events in the United States.

In the past 10 years the event has raised $4.4 million for the American Cancer Society. Since launching its 2021 webpage, the Farmington Valley Relay for Life had already garnered $15,465 as of this week. Teams, individuals, businesses and civic groups are encouraged to register for this year’s event at

“Relay has been very successful for 20 years in Farmington and keeps growing,” Tri-Chairwoman for Relay Farmington Valley Linda Kime said. “We are honored that the participants of the West Hartford and Newington Relay will be joining us for 2021. Our combined forces we will be even stronger and able to have a much bigger impact in an effort to eliminate cancer.”

The event typically takes place in springtime, but was postponed to July 31 due to the pandemic.

Over 600 people participated in the 2019 Newington Relay for Life at Mill Pond Park. The event’s luminaria, which light the way for Relay participants as they walk, are usually anchored to the ground by sand. Newington’s participants instead opted to bring in canned food to weigh the bags down. Donations went to the Newington Food Bank.

The former Newington Relay for Life co-chairs could not be reached for comment Monday.

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Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Monday, 5 April 2021 17:09. Updated: Monday, 5 April 2021 17:11.