STAMFORD, CT – September 20, 2015 – The 3rd Annual MarcUS for Change 5K Walk & Run takes place today in Stamford’s downtown Mill River Park. This event is a collaboration of two 501(c)3 foundations, the Stamford Public Education Foundation (SPEF) and MarcUS for Change.

This year, the 5K course has been certified by the USA Track & Field, with teams from Verizon and Stamford High School included in the field of runners/walkers. It kicks off Stamford’s newly created US Day celebration, which has been launched by the US Day Collaborative comprised of seven local groups: MarcUS for Change, SPEF, the City of Stamford, Mill River Park Collaborative, Kids Helping Kids, the Mayor’s Multicultural Council of Stamford, and Fleet Feet Sports.

“By establishing US Day, we’re building community-centered linkages that provide learning and empowerment opportunities for Image 1Stamford’s youth and their families,” says Rose McInerney, co-founder of MarcUS for Change.

US Day offers a wide variety of festivities such as a multicultural parade, international dance performances, inspirational speakers, food trucks, as well as family-centered entertainment. Over 40 diverse organizations and businesses are here today; all focused on helping youth achieve healthy personal, academic, social and career-ready skills for success. Each child will receive a free US Day passport which will help guide and encourage them to visit the various “zones” in the park.

Special guest appearances are being made by Stamford natives who are leading by example and working hard. Angelica Salem, a Pace University honors student who is pursuing a career as a singer, will be performing on stage. Chordale Booker, a professional boxer who recently qualified for the Olympic Boxing Trials, will also share some time on stage as an inspirational speaker.

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Complete List of Top-Tier Sponsors for the 3rd Annual MarcUS for Change 5K

Gold Sponsors:
BMO Capital Markets, The Canida Family, PWC, Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Silver Sponsors:
First County Bank, Fleet Feet Sports

Bronze Sponsors:
The Berkowitz Law Firm, Connecticut Film Center, Elizabeth DiRusso, Lightpath, NAGI Jewelers, Nestle Waters, Xerox

Team Coach Sponsors:
The Buccino Family, Juanita James & Dudley Williams, The O’Halloran Family, Mary & Patrick Ryan, Shoreline Painting, Sister Golden, Eileen & Fred Springer, Stephen Verses Property Services, LLC