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Southwest Cafe Hosts 5K To Benefit Ridgefield's Sunrise Cottage

Barbara Nevins shows off some New Mexico Green chilies. Her Ridgefield restaurant will host the seventh annual Sunset 5K road race next month to benefit the Sunrise Cottage.
Barbara Nevins shows off some New Mexico Green chilies. Her Ridgefield restaurant will host the seventh annual Sunset 5K road race next month to benefit the Sunrise Cottage. Photo Credit: Contributed by Barbara Nevins

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The Southwest Cafe in Ridgefield will host its seventh annual Sunset 5K road race later this summer to benefit the Sunrise Cottage, which is home to six developmentally disabled adults.

The 5K road race is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3. It will start at 7 p.m. and will conclude with a margarita for every participant who is 21 or older. The first 150 registrants will get T-shirts, and prizes will be awarded for the Top 3 male and female runners with additional prizes for Top 3 runners by age groups.

The entry fee is $25 before July 31 and $28 after July 31. Runners can 15 percent off dinner that evening at the Southwest Cafe at 109 Danbury Road. Runners can register online .

Owner Barb Nevins, who had just moved from New Mexico, opened the Southwest Café in 1987 and brought along a Santa Fe cuisine, a Southwest décor, and chilies infused in almost every recipe. The restaurant's chilies are handpicked and flown back to Connecticut by Nevins each summer.

To celebrate 26 years in operation, Southwest Café is sponsoring the 7th Annual Sunset 5k on Saturday, August 3rd.  This fun road race takes place close to the restaurant at 109 Danbury Road in Copps Hill Common and is open to all age groups.

Sunrise Cottage is celebrating eight years of operating as a group home, providing comfortable independent living for the residents. It is located in a neighborhood setting close to the community center of Ridgefield.  The Town of Ridgefield, corporate sponsors, private donors and endowments have embraced the Cottage, affirming the importance of assimilating individuals with special needs into our local community. For more information, visit its website .

For more information about Southwest Café, visit its website .

To read more about the Southwest Café, its chilies from New Mexico and owner Barbara Nevins, read this profile in The Daily Voice.

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