Monthly Archives: April 2018

Rallye for Pancreatic Cancer

This event is in honor of those who are surviving with Pancreatic cancer, and in remembrance to those who have passed.

On Sunday, April 22nd at Calf Pasture Beach in East Norwalk, more than 130 cars were presented at the show and the day began with a selection of imported, custom and classic cars traveling along a route from Veteran’s Memorial Park through Norwalk to Calf Pasture Beach. The Rallye for Pancreatic Cancer is led by survivor Mark Schlegel, who was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer in April of 2015 and dedicates the event to his sister Karen who was diagnosed in September; Karen sadly passed away in December. The goal is to increase awareness of Pancreatic cancer and to help fund research for an early detection test to diagnose this disease. All proceeds from the event will support a landmark, three-year Pancreatic cancer research study at WCHN being led by Dr. Richard Frank, a hematologist/ oncologist and the Director of Clinical Cancer Research at the WCHN Biomedical Research Institute in Danbury and Norwalk Hospital’s Whittingham Cancer Center.

Entertainment featured live performances by School of Rock, Pimpinella, Tangled Vine and Straightjackets. There was also a silent auction, to bid on baskets that included automotive supplies, restaurant gift certificates, a child’s birthday party basket including a bouncy house, and so much more. For a ten dollar donation, people received a discount lunch ticket to Ripka’s Beach Café on site. Each car participant had a chance to win a trophy, while attendees were invited to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” and trophies were presented in other categories.

In loving memory of Karen Schlegel ♥︎

Monthly Tree Lighting for April

The tree is lit in BLUE to symbolize National Child Abuse Prevention month with the supporting organization being Norwalk Exchange Club.

“Believe in Blue” is an annual campaign with an effort to reach families across the nation with positive parenting tips.

Ray Cooke, past president says, “The Norwalk Exchange Club, through its support of parent mentor programs, educational programs and community service activities, continually strives to prevent child maltreatment by reducing the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect.” For more information on the cause please visit: