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Darien's Opus Raises $45K For Food Pantry At Big Rig Event

The 2013 Opus BigGER Rig Gig Committee gathers at Darien’s Ox Ridge Hunt Club, where the sold-out inaugural fundraiser took place.
The 2013 Opus BigGER Rig Gig Committee gathers at Darien’s Ox Ridge Hunt Club, where the sold-out inaugural fundraiser took place. Photo Credit: Opus for Person-to-Person

DARIEN, Conn. -- Opus for Person-to-Person, a charitable organization of nearly 200 women in Darien and surrounding towns, raised nearly $45,000 at its first-ever "BigGER Rig Gig" fundraiser.

“It was exciting to launch a fresh, new fall fundraising event to such a receptive crowd,” said Jen Forlizzi, Co-President of Opus for Person-to-Person in a statement.

Proceeds from the raffle tickets went directly to raising grocery bag funds to help stock Person-to-Person’s two emergency food pantries’ shelves.

Four days before the BigGER Rig Gig, Person-to-Person celebrated the grand reopening of its Norwalk facility at 76 Main St. The renovation created a new self-serve food pantry where clients shop alongside volunteers to choose the food they know their families will eat.

The Norwalk food pantry is one of two pantries operated by Person-to-Person that supplies groceries for residents of Lower Fairfield County. Every week, both food pantries together provide more than 200 families with seven days of food.

Opus has supported the Norwalk- and Darien-based Person-to-Person through fundraising efforts and public awareness for more than 15 years. Last year, nearly 23,000 people received assistance from Person-to-Person including food and clothing donations, funds for scholarship and camp programs.

For more information on Opus for Person-to-Person and how to get involved, visit its website .

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