SOURCE: Bigelow Tea

October 30, 2007 05:30 ET

Bigelow Tea's Annual Community Challenge Celebrates Its 20th Year

Racers, Families, and Local Not for Profits Benefit From Bigelow Tea's Mission to Support the Community in Which They Live

FAIRFIELD, CT--(Marketwire - October 30, 2007) - Bigelow Tea ( is proud to announce that it has just hosted its 20th Annual Community Challenge fundraiser with the help of a host of enthusiastic volunteers, sponsors and participants. The event raised a record $60,000, the entirety of which will be distributed to thirteen local area charities. More than 1,000 strong took the "challenge" and participated in Kids' Fun Run, 2-mile walk and 5K race.

The Community Challenge is the brainchild of Cindi Bigelow, President of Bigelow Tea. Two decades ago her goal was to reach out to the community in which her company is headquartered with a vision toward raising funds for local charities. Mission accomplished: this year's event raised a sizeable amount of money, 20% more than last year!

As Cindi reflected, "I am inspired to think that what began as 50 runners raising $3,000 twenty years ago now attracts over 1,100 participants and raises $60,000. We have good family fun each year and are now able to help 13 Fairfield- and Bridgeport-based charities whose untiring efforts enrich the lives of women, children and families."

The sponsored charities include: Fairfield Senior Center, Sandcastle Playground, Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, YMCA of Fairfield, Mercy Learning Center, Cardinal Shehan Center, Music and Art Center for Humanity, Center for Women & Families, Janus House, Connecticut Food Bank, Operation Hope, Burroughs Community Center, and Grasmere Eldercare Center.

About Bigelow Tea Company

Bigelow Tea was founded by Ruth Campbell Bigelow over 60 years ago in 1945. The company continues to be 100% family owned and managed by the Bigelow family with a special blend of pride and enthusiasm. Today the company is one of the nation's leading producers of specialty teas, which includes more than 80 varieties of flavored, traditional, green, organic green, herbal, decaffeinated, and iced teas. One of Bigelow Tea's most well-known products is America's number one specialty tea flavor "Constant Comment®" which is flavored with a delicious blend of oranges and spice. It is available in both black and green tea versions.

Bigelow Tea products are available nationwide and every variety can be found on the company website ( Tea lovers will also enjoy the company's blog (

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