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Weston's Spring Fling To Help Food Pantry, Autism Group

Items for the Weston Food Pantry will be collected at the Spring Fling at St. Francis Parish Hall Thursday.
Items for the Weston Food Pantry will be collected at the Spring Fling at St. Francis Parish Hall Thursday. Photo Credit: File

WESTON, Conn. – A group of Weston entrepreneurs are hosting an event Thursday to benefit two local charities: Autism Speaks and the Weston Food Pantry.

The first-ever Spring Fling will turn the parish hall of St. Francis of Assisi Church into a pop-up shop to showcase local entrepreneurs. Local business owners will set up tables offering items such as personalized handbags, accessories, jewelry, fitness wear, home decor and linens, Disney vacation planning, nutrition counseling, renovation services and more.

“This time of the year we are all looking for that great unique gift to get for teachers, school staff and everybody that made part of your child's school year, and also graduation gifts and summer camp stuff,” the organizers said in a statement.

Event organizers will collect items for the Weston Food Pantry at the door. They ask that each shopper bring at least one nonperishable food item as an entrance fee to restock the pantry’s supplies. Those interested can see items in particular need at the pantry here .

The event will also feature a raffle featuring prizes from each vendor. Profits from the raffle will go toward Autism Speaks. The Connecticut branch of the nationwide organization helps fund research into autism, provides advice to families of children with the condition, and promotes awareness and advocacy campaigns in the state.

The event will take place Thursday, May 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Francis Parish Hall, 35 Norfield Road.

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