Health problem raises $10Ok for Previous Saybrook grad get together


OLD SAYBROOK – A fundraiser for this year’s Safe Grad program allows people to move around in their own way.

Jane Wisialowski, treasurer of the Old Saybrook Safe Grad Committee, said participants would run, run, hike, or bike 21 miles to raise funds for a party held on the night of graduation.

The event was launched because everyone wanted to get outside during the pandemic, Wisialowski said. She said it costs $ 40 for adults, $ 30 for high school students, and $ 20 for kids to register, or $ 100 for sponsoring a high school graduate.

“We thought, ‘Why not just let everyone do their own thing?'” She said. “Just commit to driving 21 miles for the ’21 class. This way every fitness level can participate. “

Wisialowski said the nonprofit was selling shirts as part of the fundraiser, noting that the sponsors’ logos on the back were a big part of the fundraising effort.

“I almost cried. It was amazing how many companies have mailed us checks,” she said. “I was overjoyed.”

Wisialowski said people were excited to buy the shirts with the Saybrook Breakwater Lighthouse.

“We made over $ 10,000 just from the 21 Mile Challenge, which is really good for us,” she said.

Wisialowski said the nonprofit plans to hold a party for the 100 seniors graduating from Old Saybrook High School. She said the goal is to give them one last time to be together in an alcohol and drug free environment.

“It’s really, really funny,” she said. “It will likely start at 9:30 PM after graduation and last until 3:00 AM.”

She said the event will follow the latest government guidelines on COVID safety protocols.

“We hope that a large number of the children will be vaccinated by then,” she said. “Some of the seniors are already vaccinated.”

Meanwhile, Wisialowski said preparations for the event had already begun, bringing the community together.

“The day we were handing out shirts on Main Street … it was just so nice to see all these people you haven’t seen in a long time,” she said.

Information about the fundraising campaign and the T-shirts can be found at