New Canaan beats out Darien as the 'Most Generous Town,' raising more money for CT nonprofits

New Canaan celebrates with fans after winning the 2022 Turkey Bowl.

New Canaan celebrates with fans after winning the 2022 Turkey Bowl.

scott ericson

NEW CANAAN — On top of winning the annual Turkey Bowl game, New Canaan took home the “Turkey Trophy” for a second year in the “Most Generous Town” competition against Darien.

Both towns collectively raised $396,000 for the New Canaan Community Foundation and the Community Fund of Darien in the week leading up to Thanksgiving.

“We are so thrilled this tradition helps encourage both towns to give, and the outcome reflects what generous communities we live in,” NCCF president Lauren Patterson said.

Founded in 2017, the “Most Generous Town” competition was created to harness the rivalry between Darien and New Canaan’s annual Turkey Bowl into a race for donations in the week ahead of the football game.

“We love tapping into our town’s competitive spirit and harnessing it to help our neighbors in Norwalk, Stamford and Darien,” TCF executive director Janet King said in a statement. “We hope that the “Most Generous Town” competition becomes as eagerly anticipated each year as the legendary Turkey Bowl!”

Darien won the "Most Generous Town" title in 2017 and 2019 while New Canaan took the title in 2018, 2021 and now 2022.

Over five years of competition — there was no contest in 2020 — both towns have raised more than $1.32 million for both community funds.

All donations raised will go toward funding and grants through each of the non-profits' community partners.