Over $25K Raised At Calling All Crows' 2nd Annual Northampton Halloween 5K

Musicians State Radio, Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, and Among Criminals champion fun run/walk benefitting Oxfam’s work to empower women in Darfur

Hundreds of music fans, human rights activists, and local runners – many in costume – hit the streets of Downtown Northampton this past Saturday, October 30th for Calling All Crows’ 2nd annual Northampton Halloween 5K. $25,318 has been raised to date through the event, including nearly $2,000 in walkup donations at race registration. Online fundraising remains open until Saturday, November 6th with proceeds to benefit Oxfam America’s work on the ground in Darfur to provide job training for women.

The 2nd annual Northampton Halloween 5K was organized by Calling All Crows, a service organization aimed at mobilizing musicians and their fans to empower women around the world. Calling All Crows was founded in 2008 by tour manager Sybil Gallagher and musician Chad Stokes, whose band State Radio played the Iron Horse Music Hall on Thursday and then headlined the Calvin Theater on Friday.

“It was great to be back in Noho for Round 2,” said Stokes. “After last year’s race raised $16,000 to help end violence against Sudanese women, local groups like the Belchertown High School Humanities Club and Smith STAND answered the call to make this year’s race even bigger and better. On top of being such an important cause to Sybil and me, the costumes and spirit that fans brought to the event were a blast, too!”

Also supporting this year’s race were State Radio’s support act, Among Criminals, and Northampton’s own Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, who played a hometown show at the Calvin Theater on Thursday evening. From the stage, Kellogg and Among Criminals’ lead singer Ryan Gaughan, both long-time supports of Calling All Crows, encouraged fans to participate in the Northampton Halloween 5K.

"When I stop for a minute and think about the blessings I take for granted and the difference this day can make in countless lives, it's a no brainer,” said Kellogg. “Not only will this empower the Sudanese women it benefits, but it raises my own consciousness of what 5 kilometers really is in this world – and a raised consciousness is a big win."

Since early 2003, fighting between armed groups in the Darfur region of western Sudan has forced 2.7 million people from their homes. Fleeing the violence, they have sought safety in overcrowded camps and towns where aid groups have provided them with food, water, medical care and other basic assistance.

The Northampton Halloween 5K is key fundraiser for Calling All Crows’ $100,000 commitment in 2010 to support Oxfam’s work to empower women in Darfur. Oxfam partners offer grants, vocational training, and small-business loans—as well as assets like donkeys, donkey carts, seeds, and plows—to help many of those affected by the conflict earn a dignified living.

"Oxfam America deeply values our alliance and friendship with Calling All Crows,” said Bob Ferguson, Senior Advisor for Music Outreach with Oxfam America. “Their ability to raise awareness and funds to support our work with women in Sudan is deeply meaningful, and we were very proud to partner with them again at the race in Northampton this year.”

To learn more about Calling All Crows and the Northampton Halloween 5K, please visit http://www.callingallcrows.org.

PRESS CONTACT: Matt Wilhelm / matt@callingallcrows.org / 603-377-6214

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