State Radio And Calling All Crows Host 2nd Annual Northampton Halloween 5k

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!”

Also supporting this year’s event are Northampton’s own Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, who play a hometown show at the Calvin Theater on Thursday evening. Kellogg was invited by long-time friend Stokes to appear in Calling All Crows’ annual acoustic benefit show last year in Boston. He’s encouraging fans to participate in the Northampton Halloween 5K to support Darfuri women by joining TEAM SK6ERS.

"When I stop for a minute and think about the blessings I take for granted and the difference this day can make in countless lives, it's a no brainer,” says Sixers’ frontman Stephen Kellogg. “Not only will this empower the Sudanese women it benefits, but it raises my own consciousness of what 5 kilometers really is in this world – and a raised consciousness is a big win. We're honored to work with Calling All Crows on this."

Since early 2003, fighting between armed groups in the Darfur region of western Sudan has forced 2.7 million people from their homes. Fleeing the violence, they have sought safety in overcrowded camps and towns where aid groups have provided them with food, water, medical care and other basic assistance.

The Northampton Halloween 5K is key fundraiser for Calling All Crows’ $100,000 commitment in 2010 to support Oxfam’s work to empower women in Darfur. Oxfam partners offer grants, vocational training, and small-business loans—as well as assets like donkeys, donkey carts, seeds, and plows—to help many of those affected by the conflict earn a dignified living.

"Oxfam America deeply values our alliance and friendship with Calling All Crows,” says Bob Ferguson, Senior Advisor for Music Outreach with Oxfam America. “Their ability to raise awareness and funds to support our work with women in Sudan is deeply meaningful, and we are very proud to partner with them again at the race in Northampton this year. I can't wait to run alongside our friends from Calling All Crows this weekend!"

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