Cycle For Lights continues the charge of Darien Lights Brigade

A week long effort to continue to raise funds for the stadium lights at Darien High School included a spin class at Equinox on Sunday morning. The class made 42 bikes available with a suggested donation of $100 per bike, and was completely full. No spin experience, or Equinox membership, was required, and riders of all sorts turned up.  The class is one of a number of events put on by the Darien Lights Brigade, a non profit group organized to raise money to pay for the lights.
The event was organized by Darien Lights Brigade co chairperson Susan Graham and Carla Griffin, and was attended by several DAF and DLB members and families.
On Feb. 28, the RTM voted 68 to 1 to accept the gift of $662,743 from the Darien Athletic Foundation to fund the lights, and the Lights Brigade is working to raise the final $200,000 before the deadline of May 1.
Darien head football coach Rob Trifone was on hand, as was his wife and head swim coach Marj Trifone. Finlay Collins, a standout on the football and lacrosse teams, cycled as well, as did 2011 alum Graham Maybell. Other members of past championship winning teams at DHS cycled along with some parents who won’t have child at DHS for several years and parents whose children have already graduated and moved on.
Earlier in the week, head boys lacrosse coach Jeff Brameier held preseason tune up clinics at Sono Field House that were very well attended and raised $2,500. The Cycle for Lights event raised $6000.
“It’s been going great,” said Pete Graham, who is member of the Darien Athletic Foundation Board of Directors. “The goal is still to have next year’s McMahon game be played under the lights,” Graham added, as next year’s schedule shows Darien hosting Brien McMahon for a Friday game in the second week of the season.
More events are coming this week and in the coming months as well. On Thursday March 16, Lanphier Day Spa will be donating 25% of the day’s proceeds to Darien Lights Brigade. Consultations on hair, skin, and makeup will also be available, with 100% of those proceeds going to the lights. Browne and Company will be providing homemade energy bars, and gift certificates will be available to the first 50 arrivals.
On March 22, Pure Barre will host a yoga class, sending 100% of the proceeds to the lights along with 20% of retail sales. Kristin McClutchy, owner of Pure Barre, said, “As a local business owner and Darien resident, I’m happy to support the fundraising efforts for the Darien Lights Brigade. Youth sports are incredibly influential in fostering important life skills and lesson, camaraderie and teamwork. We’re happy Pure Barre can help play a role in bringing this initiative to life.”
Thursday March 23 will feature a guest bartending night at Darien Social, along with a surprise wait staff that is rumored to be made up of Darien coaches. On March 30, Morley will, for the second time, offer a day of shopping from 10am to 8pm, followed by a cocktail party from 6PM-8PM with 15% of all sales being donated to DLB. Carrie Delafield, owner of Morley, said “We are new in town and already recognize the importance that these lights will be to the student-athletes and the community-at-large. We are more than happy to support the DLB’s efforts!” Kirby and Company will also take part on this day, offering a $50 gift certificate for anyone who donates a minimum of $250 directly to Darien Lights Brigade that day or evening.  They will also be offering wine and cheese for attendees from 6pm to 8pm.
On April 1, Joyride has built 8 teams of 5 riders that will compete for prizes given to the teams who raise the most money for DLB. The suggested donation begins at $100.  Morley has generously donated the prizes for this spin event.
Then, on, April 20, Shake Shack is hosting a Darien Lights Brigade Day/Night. Look for an email or go to www.darienlightsbrigade.com and download your flyer and bring it with you for lunch and/or dinner. Shake Shack will collect the flyers and donate 15% of your order to the DLB. Dave Yearwood, Area Director of Shake Shack said, “Community is at the core of Shake Shack, and we’re committed to investing in and contributing to every community we join. We’re always striving to extend the hospitality beyond the four walls of our Darien Shack and into the Darien community.”
As Sunday’s spin class was winding down, the instructor was trying to raise the energy in the room for a final push. She encouraged the whole room to sing along as she played Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” through the speakers, and urged everyone to find that last bit they had to get to the finish line. It seemed appropriate somehow. If interested in donating visit www.darienlightsbrigade.com. Contact any of the local businesses mentioned to reserve spots at a particular event.