LTKE Law Helps Provide Toys to Children of New Haven

Dec 9th, 2022 | Community

Pictured: LTKE Attorneys Steven J. Errante and Marisa A. Bellair with Senator Richard Blumenthal, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker, Christopher Martin’s co-owner Chris Vigilante, and WTNH Meteorologist Gil Simmons, with the check to buy toys for children in need.

New Haven, CT: Christopher Martin’s Christmas Run for Children 5K celebrates its 38th anniversary at its 2022 event on Sunday, December 4th in New Haven. The annual race sold out despite raising the capacity to 1,300 from the previous 1,000 entrants, which was limited due to Covid restrictions.

In the past three decades, the event has donated well over 60,000 toys to children in need in the New Haven area during the Christmas season. Toys must be new and unwrapped, and can be dropped off at Woodbridge Running Co. or presented race morning. With the key sponsorship of Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, (LTKE LAW) the event will be able to donate hundreds of additional toys for the Friends of Rudolph Toy Drive.

The flat 5K course runs from Christopher Martin’s Restaurant on Upper State Street to Downtown New Haven, Wooster Square neighborhood, and back. “This race is an easy one if you’re a serious runner, but the purpose is about donating toys to children in need and for the runners to dress-up in festive costumes,” said managing partner, Steven J. Errante. “This year we’re happy that the race still sold out even after adding an additional 300 spots.”

The race starts and finishes in front of Christopher Martin’s Restaurant. Participants are encouraged to bring their holiday spirit and run in a festive costume! Following the 5K race, Christopher Martin’s Christmas Run for Children hosts one of the nation’s best post-race parties! Live entertainment, food, and refreshing beer for 21+ are provided by Christopher Martin’s Restaurant.

In November 2022, JB Sports Race Director, John Bysiewicz was injured in a motor vehicle accident while riding his bike in Branford, CT. His sister, and Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, Susan Bysiewicz, was in attendance with New Haven Mayor, Justin Elicker, to thank the runners and speak on behalf of her brother, while he’s unable attend the events.

“New Haven does toys, running, and beer the best, and today is an example of that,” explained New Haven Mayor, Justin Elicker.

“And Pizza!” added Bysiewicz.

Following the end of the race, LTKE Attorney, Steven J. Errante handed out award certificates and LTKE swag to the top 3 finishers of each age group and gender as they were announced. All around on State Street were runners, sponsors, and the general New Haven community enjoying the beautiful winter day.