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Croton's Harry Chapin Run Raises Money For Hunger

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – People flooded into Croton from far and wide Sunday to participate in a 5K walk, one-mile fun run and 10K race at the 31st Annual Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger 5K.

The event, which began at Croton-Harmon High School, donates to local causes like the Cortlandt Emergency Food Bank and the Croton Caring Committee.

The walk is named after the late Harry Chapin, a folksinger best known for his story songs like “Cat’s in the Cradle,” “Taxi,” and “W*O*L*D,” but also a humanitarian who raised millions of dollars to fight world hunger.

The event raised money for an international cause this year as well: partial proceeds from the walk will go toward providing 64 children at the Carolyn Belshe Orphanage in Mozambique with nutrition, clothing, health care and education.

Tom Fedele of Croton was out Sunday volunteering with his wife, who attended as a member of the Peekskill/Cortlandt Women's Foundation. As a member of the Hendrick Hudson Lions Club, Fedele said he has the chance to volunteer in the community throughout the year.

The Lions Club "has something almost once a month to raise funds," Fedele said. At Sunday's event, he said, "all the food is going to local food banks," including the Food Bank for Westchester.