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Jack Bannan Turkey Trot Helps Foodshare Move Towards Thanksgiving Goal

Posted on November 19, 2015

    Write -Up & Photos by Jacqueline Bennett   It is a wonderful tradition that began with one man’s desire to help. The Jack Bannan Memorial Turkey Trot held November 18, in Connecticut’s Farmington Valley got off to a strong start collecting 1,231 turkeys to help Foodshare feed hungry folks in Greater Hartford for the Thanksgiving holiday, said organizers. People without enough to eat unlikely come to mind when thinking of Connecticut, long considered one of the wealthiest states in the nation. Nevertheless, the need is as real here as elsewhere.   The Turkey Trot originated with Bannan who was a grade 6 teacher in Simsbury, teaching for thirty-two years before his retirement in 1989. He passed away two years ago. Bannan,…

An Original ‘Insurance City Open/Travelers Championship’ Girl

Posted on June 21, 2015

    Story by Jacqueline Bennett   Fortunately our mother was a saver. Still, who would have imagined when a photo among her things of my sister, Dixie-Sue Bennett Larned, was recently stumbled upon it would be accompanied by such an interesting background. As told to me, it turns out Dixie was an original spokesperson, a.k.a. – a ‘Travelers Girl’ – for what is now called the Travelers Championship.   No stranger to the spotlight Dixie had modeled and worked in the display department for G. Fox & Co. in downtown Hartford before accepting a job at Travelers in indemnity/fidelity at the home office, also located in Connecticut’s capital city. It was in 1957. Soon enough her work earned her a couple of…

“A Turkey and Thirty” – Today & Thursday Help Foodshare Provide Thanksgiving Meals

Posted on November 19, 2014

Write-up & Photo by Jacqueline Bennett   Today and tomorrow, November 19 and 20, area food drives are being held to assist Bloomfield-based Foodshare in providing a Thanksgiving turkey dinner and the trimmings to those in need in the Greater Hartford, Connecticut area. “Foodshare received 19,896 requests for turkeys from hungry families this holiday season,” Gloria McAdam, Foodshare President and CEO announced in a press release. Foodshare’s “A Turkey and Thirty” campaign asks for a donation of $30 plus a turkey, and aims to also raise $900,000 to “continue feeding people year-round.” “What we want people to understand is that many of our neighbors continue to struggle the other 364 days of the year,” McAdam added. “While we feel strongly that every American…