Over 250 music fans, human rights activists, and local runners – many in costume – will hit the streets of Downtown Northampton this Saturday, October 30th forCalling All Crows’ 2nd annual Northampton Halloween 5K. Proceeds from the charity run/walk will support Oxfam’s humanitarian work in Darfur to provide job training for Sudanese women. Nearly $20,000 has been raised to date and participants can still register for a $20 entry fee on Saturday beginning at noon in the courtyard next to the John E. Gare Parking Garage (85 Hampton Avenue).
The 2nd annual Northampton Halloween 5K is 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 plays a sold out show at the Iron Horse Music Hall on Thursday and then headlines the Calvin Theater on Friday.
“We’re psyched to be back in Noho for Round 2,” says 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 have answered the call to make this year’s even bigger and better. On top of being such an important cause to Sybil and me, the costumes and spirit of the event is a blast, too!”