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Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest committee donates $25,000 to group

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - For those who participated in the Daniel Barden Highland Mudfest, your hard work trudging through the mud and conquering various obstacles has paid off.

The organizers of the event gave a $25,000 check to the Center for Family Life and Recovery on Thursday.

Daniel Barden was killed in the Sandy Hook shootings. Organizers wanted to give the money to a group that helps those with mental health needs.

"We went down for the funeral and, specifically, my brother -- who has a constant fire in his belly for doing positive things -- said we need to take our grief and turn it into something big, so we can start to feel a feeling of connectivity," said Jessica Poyer of the Mudfest committee.

This year's Mudfest raised $50,000. The other half of the money was given to the Sandy Hook Promise Fund.

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