Race for Catherine: Live and Virtual 5K for Kindness June 18-20

To benefit the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary

By Meghan Friedland, Editor/Publisher Macaroni Kid Danbury-Bethel-Ridgefield, CT May 19, 2021

On your mark, get set, GO! The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary announces their inaugural RACE FOR CATHERINE – a community driven event for all ages.

Teams and individuals are invited to join the sanctuary for this "5K for Kindness" taking place from June 18th-20th. The RACE FOR CATHERINE is a walk/run that can be done live and in-person at Fairfield Hills in Newtown on June 20th or can be joined virtually anytime, anywhere from across the country from June 18-20th. All proceeds support the sanctuary and its mission of compassion.

Participants are invited to help foster a kinder and gentler world for all simply by signing up, getting outdoors and walking/running for an amazing cause - inspiring a better world for animals, humans and the environment - one step at a time.

All in-person and virtual walkers/runners who register by June 1 will be guaranteed a RACE FOR CATHERINE t-shirt, swag bag, shoelaces and official medal. Top fundraisers and fastest times receive special prizes.  

Jennifer Hubbard, Executive Director of the sanctuary, is excited about bringing this new event to Newtown and their followers across the nation. “June has always been a special month for the sanctuary. It’s a time when we celebrate Catherine’s birthday by bringing people together in a common mission of kindness and compassion. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we had to cancel this year’s Catherine’s Butterfly Party but we look forward to sharing this new and what I hope to be, inspiring event with so many.”

The presenting sponsor for this year’s RACE FOR CATHERINE is Church Hill Village – a Senior Lifestyle community. Laura Pulsifer, Executive Director, is looking forward to working with the sanctuary on such a special event. “We are proud to sponsor the Race for Catherine and look forward to providing ongoing support of the sanctuary to further our mission of caring for and supporting the residents of Newtown and the surrounding areas.”

To learn more, visit: or register at:

About the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary:
Nestled in the very heart of Newtown, Connecticut and spread over 34 acres of pristine farmland, breathtaking woodlands, and rolling meadows, the home of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary is coming to life. The sanctuary pays tribute to the life of Catherine Violet Hubbard -- a 6-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy -- and will be a safe haven and place of healing which offers companion animal adoption, farm animal refuge, wildlife rehabilitation and release, and on-site educational workshops.

While funds for the sanctuary build are raised, site work has already begun at the property. Even without a building, the sanctuary is elevating kindness for animals, humans and the environment through pet adoption and rescue collaboration events, free community workshops, pollinator protection, virtual and in-person education, and programs to help senior citizens keep and care for their pets. The sanctuary lands are currently open to the public from dawn until dusk and visitors are welcome. 
Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary, PO Box 3571, Newtown, CT 06470. (866) 620-8640. More info at:

About the presenting sponsor: Church Hill Village – a Senior Lifestyle community
Recently opened in January 2020, Church Hill Village offers upscale and vibrant senior living in Newtown, CT.
This community is built with modern seniors in mind, creating the active, social atmosphere they need to thrive. Church Hill Village offers Assisted Living and Memory Care to provide customized, attentive care to residents and ensure their personal care plans, private apartment homes, and daily amenities and services are tailored to their every want and need.
This beautifully built community has spacious shared spaces with open design and abundant natural light as well as modern decor and furnishings that imbue a sense of fun and possibility. A fresh take on senior living and love that our Newtown neighbors have innovative, award-winning options available when choosing the right care for themselves or their loved ones.
Church Hill Village – a Senior Lifestyle community. 2 The Boulevard, Newtown, CT 06470. (203) 491-3036. More info at: