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Bigelow Tea Sponsors The Pink Pledge For Breast Cancer Awareness

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It’s time to think pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This year in Fairfield, CT, hometown of Bigelow Tea and Bridgeport Hospital’s Norma Pfriem Breast Center, the annual October campaign has special significance as the center celebrates its 15th anniversary. The Pfriem center has joined with the Town of Fairfield to mark this significant milestone with the Pink Pledge, a month-long, community-wide effort to raise funds for the center’s programs while promoting breast cancer awareness and early detection.

As a Pink Pledge sponsor, Bigelow Tea is thrilled to help “turn the town pink” for the month of October!

Bigelow Tea and the Eunice & David Bigelow Foundation are proud, longtime supporters of the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, which provides medical excellence, compassionate care and lifesaving programs to ALL women, regardless of their ability to pay.

Pink Pledge kickoff festivities will take place on Thursday, Oct. 1st, rain or shine, at Fairfield’s Sherman Green Gazebo in the heart of the downtown area. A Stroll for Strength (just under a mile) starts at 5:30 p.m. at the center’s offices at 111 Beach Rd. and will be led by a pink Fairfield Police cruiser as walkers make their way to the gazebo for a 6 p.m. ceremony. Cancer survivors are invited to add their Signatures of Strength to the car that evening and throughout the month. Fairfield businesses have pledged to support the Pfriem center during October and will offer special promotions and events.

“Bigelow Tea is pleased to support the Pink Pledge in honor of the awesome services the Norma Pfriem Breast Center provides to women and families in our community, ” said the Bigelow family.

Ever since Ruth Campbell Bigelow started the company that bears her name 70 years ago (yes, Bigelow Tea celebrates an anniversary this year, too!), community involvement and good corporate citizenship have been essential elements of the Bigelow Tea mission. Ruth, who had breast cancer herself, would indeed be honored to know that Bigelow is taking part in the Pink Pledge to benefit the Pfriem center.

For more information or to register for the Stroll for Strength, please contact Christina Casimiro at or 203-255-5300.


Bigelow Tea Is Counting Down The Days Until The Community Challenge!

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On your mark, get ready for a morning of family fun and fitness at the 28th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challengethis Sunday, September 27 at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in Southport, CT! From face painting and music to food samples and raffle prizes, as well as a special appearance by Biggie the Bigelow Tea mascot and the Mobile Tea Bar, this time-honored charity event has something for everyone.

The focus, of course, is on the 5K Race, 2-mile Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run that last year generated $130,000 for 18 Connecticut charities. But this great cause has also evolved into a wonderful way to bring the community together each year to enjoy good friends, good times, good food and be eligible to win great raffle prizes, like 2 Tickets to the Giants/Cowboy Game, 2 Tickets to the Giants/Jets Game or Canondale Quick 6 Fitness Bike!

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And this year, you can be among the first to sample Bigelow’s new Home Blend Organic Iced Tea served from the Bigelow Mobile Tea Bar, a super-cool converted 1977 Airstream trailer that will be crisscrossing the country in honor of Bigelow Tea’s 70th anniversary.  Biggie is always happy to pose for a picture that you can share on social media with the #bigteabar hashtag for a chance to instantly win prizes.

Music by radio station Star 99.9FM is sure to add to the festive atmosphere. Register in advance or come on down to the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Southport on Sunday! Race day registration begins at 8am. The first 1,000 registrants will receive a free T-shirt and a goody bag that includes a “Constant Comment”® 70th anniversary tea tin. Can’t wait to see you there!


Do Your Body—And Community—Good: Run With Bigelow Tea on September 27

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This fall, mark your calendars for the 28th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, taking place on Sunday, September 27, and join the fun! Brought to you by Bigelow Tea, the family-friendly event is a major support to the community, and more than 1,000 runners, walkers and children participate.

In 2014, the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge raised $131,000, bringing the total raised since its inception to $1.1 million dollars. And the best part? 100% of the funds are donated to local charities that provide shelter, educational services, counseling, crisis management services, after-school tutoring, recreational programs and food to people and organizations in need. Funds benefit nearly 20 nonprofit organizations in Connecticut!

Need more reasons run? Registrants can enjoy complimentary food and beverages, prizes include Bigelow Tea, and there’s free childcare. Of course, a race like this would not be possible without its volunteers and the Bigelow family. Click here to get your registration started now!


Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Fundraiser 2014 Big Success


Thank you to everyone involved from the team at Bigelow Tea who did an unbelievable amount of planning all year, to the sponsors, community volunteers and of course all of the kids, runners and walkers who participated!! All of the charities who will be recipients of the $130,000 we raised are incredibly thankful as we all are.  Thanks once again to all!!

Cindi Bigelow Reflects on Corporate Responsibility and the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge in Huffington Post

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For Bigelow Tea CEO Cindi Bigelow, being a corporate leader goes far beyond her office door. In a new article on the Huffington Post, Cindi shares her views on what she calls “corporate responsibility” and how thinking about this responsibility to the community led Bigelow Tea to start the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge.

More than 25 years ago, the teenage son of a long-time, dedicated Bigelow Tea employee passed away. “I knew as a company we had to do something that would honor his son’s memory,” Cindi says in the article. After considering many options, the company decided to start a road race, the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge. Fifty people ran in the first race, and $3,000 was raised to create a scholarship in David’s name.

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Over the years, this event has evolved to attract thousands of runners and to aid many notable nonprofits in Connecticut. On Sunday, September 29th, Bigelow Tea will hold its 26th race in Southport, Connecticut. Funds from this year’s event will go to 17 charities that help the homeless, hungry and those at-risk in our community. There will be three athletic events taking place: a 5K Road Race, a 2-mile Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Race.

We encourage you to join Bigelow Tea and register for your spot in the race. We all have a community responsibility to help others … and this is a wonderful, meaningful way to do so.


Join The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge on September 29th

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Are you up for a fun and rewarding challenge? Bigelow Tea hopes so, and is encouraging runners and walkers of all levels to sign up for our 26th annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, which will take place soon: Sunday, September 29th in Southport, Connecticut. While you’re tying up your laces, here’s a bit more about our charitable event.

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge encourages families and friends to enjoy a wonderful day of outdoor exercise and community spirit! Runners can sign up for the 5K Road Race with a route passing by Southport Harbor and through a beautiful historic region. Prefer to go at your own pace? Register for a 2-mile, non-competitive Fitness Walk. Children can also join in the day’s activities with our Kids’ Fun Run, featuring a 100-yard scamper, a 1/2-mile jog and a mile-long run.

Moreover, no matter what shape you’re in, there’s a tea-rrific reason for getting involved in our challenge: Proceeds from this event will go to nonprofit organizations in Fairfield County that directly serve those in need. They include The Center for Women and FamiliesConnecticut Food Bank, and Operation Hope of Fairfield. Together we will make strides in supporting their missions.

Both the 5K Road Race and 2-mile Fitness Walk will start at 10 a.m. from the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club. The Kids’ Fun Run steps off at 9 a.m. at Wakeman’s Athletic Field. Complimentary food and beverages and T-shirts will be given out. Participants will also be eligible to win great prizes including free Bigelow Teas.

To register for the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, please visit this link. See you there!


26th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Is Just Around the Corner!


It’s coming next month: The 26th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge! We are more excited than ever as we ramp up for the 2013 road race, fitness walk and kids fun runs. The first Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, over a quarter century ago, attracted 50 participants and raised a few thousand dollars … today in our 26th year, Bigelow Tea is proud that the Challenge’s goal is over $100,000!

The event’s proceeds will support charitable organizations in our local communities including the Fairfield Senior Center, the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club and the Connecticut Food BankIn total, the Challenge supports seventeen non-profit organizations in the greater Bridgeport, CT area that provide shelter, food, educational services, counseling and crisis management, after-school tutoring and recreational programs. Supporting our community is a major part of who we are and what we stand for at Bigelow Tea.

The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge’s 25th anniversary last year was phenomenal, attracting nearly 1,200 people. This year we’re expecting even greater participation and support. In addition to the race, walk and kids’ run, there will be food and T-shirts and plenty of spirited fun. So whether you’re a participant or a spectator, it’s truly a family affair, and a great way to help give back to the community!

We hope you make plans to join us in Southport, CT on Sunday, September 29th!  For the course map and to register online, click here. Then it’s time to start training: and remember, include plenty of Bigelow Tea in your hydration regimen!


25 Years To Celebrate With The Bigelow Tea Community Challenge

The 25th annual Bigelow Tea Community was held this past Sunday at Wakeman’s Boys and Girls Club in Southport.

For a few days before, the weather was looking very unfriendly. The preregistration numbers were slightly down and I was uncertain as to what would be the outcome of this day that has been the focus of a lot of people’s efforts in this company for almost a year! So as it got closer, I just kept my fingers crossed. Well, as fate would have it, that morning turned out to be a runner’s dream…little overcast, not too hot but no chance of rain. As the day progressed, the sun kept shining down on us!

The numbers dramatically moved from “a little light” a few days before to our best race ever.

The money raised was the largest amount ever!

And the community support was clearly the most ever.

We had two outstanding proclamations given to us both claiming this past Sunday as the Bigelow Community Challenge Day. Both the city of Bridgeport (presented by Mayor Finch of Bridgeport) and also for the state (sent to us from Governor Malloy) each gave us a proclamation. We had all walks of life there, spanning many generations. We even had a dog in the race wearing one of our T-Shirts. The comments from the participants when we finished the event will linger in my mind for a long time…people in our community just love this special event.  The race committee was proud, the Mayor who read the proclamation was proud, the members of our community that participated were proud and so was I.

A reporter asked me that day, “Did you ever imagine this event would grow to the size it is today?”

I thought about it for a while then turned to him and said, “You know, when we started this race 25 years ago, we just wanted to do something for the community. We raised $3000 and had 50 participants, mostly from our company. And from there, we just wanted to continue to do good work. So that has been our focus, how can we do it better each year? What more can we do to make this event special? And it was in pursuing those answers that this race continued to grow. That philosophy has served me well my entire life, just do the right thing and good things will follow.”

The reporter nodded his head and smiled. What more can I say?

Cindi Bigelow

25th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Sponsor Party

Wow an amazing evening!  A couple of nights ago we had our 25th Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Sponsor Party where close to twenty of our sponsors and nine of the charities we support attended. It was two beautiful hours together honoring the great work that the charities do as well as the wonderful generosity of our sponsors.

What really struck me during the event was how blessed I am to be able to do what all of us at Bigelow love doing and that is giving back. I have an amazing race committee, extremely supportive sponsors and truly appreciative nonprofits, a real trifecta.

The 5k Road Race, 2-Mile Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run is going to be this Sunday, rain or shine.  Whatever the weather, in my opinion the 25th annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is already a huge success just based on my experiences at the sponsor party. I really can’t thank all the people enough in my life that make this event happen, I really am lucky, wow!

To get a glimpse of what I am talking about for the actual event, check out this video and enjoy!


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The 25th Anniversary Bigelow Tea Community Challenge Takes Place This Sunday!

This coming Sunday, September 30thBigelow Tea is hosting its 25th Anniversary Bigelow Tea Community Challenge, the annual 5K Road Race, a non-competitive Fitness Walk and Kids’ Fun Run that’s fun for the whole family! We hope you’ll join the more than 1,000 runners and walkers to have fun and to help raise $100k –100% of which will go to 16 local charities, because together we make a difference! We’re so proud of the quarter century of smiles that the Bigelow Tea Community Challenge has provided for the people in the neighborhoods where we live and work.

When it comes to community involvement, the Bigelow family and Bigelow Tea employees keep very busy, from helping build homes for families in need, to book drives, to school mentoring programs. Our commitment to supporting worthy causes is all a part of our Bigelow Mission statement.

“Our community involvement goes beyond being good corporate citizens. We love to support our community!” says Cindi Bigelow, third generation president of Bigelow Tea. “And the 25th Annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge is a great way to have fun while helping to make an incredible difference in the lives of so many people.”

The organizations that will benefit from this year’s Community Challenge include the Fairfield YMCA, the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Fairfield Senior Center, all important and worthy community groups!

So please join us at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club in historic Southport, Connecticut this Sunday! Take part in the festivities, including a raffle with a grand prize of two plane tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S., donated by Warren Travel Agency.  A free 25th Anniversary T-shirt, goody bag, food, drinks and childcare will be provided for the first participants to register. And this year, in honor of the anniversary, there will be a silent auction of signed sporting memorabilia donated by the NY Yankees. Click here to register and here for more information and directions to the event.

Please make plans to join us on this Sunday, September 30th! Cindi and the Bigelow family look forward to seeing you there!