Special to the Press
BRISTOL - A carnival is being held until Sunday to raise money that will be given back to the community
Located on Centre Square across from City Hall, United Way of West Central Connecticut organized the carnival with Tufano Amusement.
The carnival in Bristol has been held annually since roughly 2007, according to Kimberly Carmelich, Resource Development Coordinator at UWWCC.
“We have been working with Tufano Amusement for many, many years and they do most of the work, we just direct them to the city to set up the appropriate permits,” said Carmelich. “The proceeds go to United Way and then we give the proceeds back to the community through the grant process and several in-house programs. The event usually rakes in about $3,000.”
The Bristol Early Childhood Alliance is sponsored by United Way and aims to prepare kids for school by age five and developmentally successful by age nine. The alliance will receive the proceeds from the carnival.
United Way also sponsors the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that is set to receive some of the proceeds raised in order to provide low-income families with assistance with taxes, explained Carmelich.
“This year we helped 500 low-income families by providing free tax services,” said Carmelich.