BRISTOL â United Way of West Central Connecticutâs 47th annual Golf Tournament Sept. 14 at Chippanee Golf Club is filling up fast, but there is still room for players and sponsors to get involved.
While the fundraiser tournament was limited in capacity to 100 people last year due to the pandemic, this year it will be back in full swing.
Judi Ann Lausier, resource development coordinator with United Way of West Central Connecticut, said prizes will be awarded for golfers with the lowest overall scores, the longest drive and closest to pin winners. Adams Samartino & Co PC will sponsor the hole in one prize. There will also be numerous raffle prizes.
âOur âMade in Connecticutâ basket was very popular last year,â Lausier said. âIt includes products from Stanley Black & Decker and other items made in Connecticut. We also included local craft beers from Bristol to help get them some exposure and we even had some concert tickets last year.â
Golfers will also be able to enjoy ice cream from Darrenâs Ice Cream Truck while out on the course.
âThey have helped us out with a number of events,â Lausier said. âThe golfers love seeing that truck pull onto the course.â
As of this time, Lausier said one third of the playing field is currently registered. She encouraged people to register âthe sooner the betterâ if they want to play.
âWe get support from not only the local community, but some out of state partners who believe in and support our mission as well,â Lausier said. âThe United Way recognizes that people are coming out of tough times. Although this will be a day of fun, it will also help to raise money to combat food insecurities and homelessness and other issues that we try to provide services for through our programs and initiatives.â
Donna Osuch, president and CPO of United Way of West Central Connecticut, said the golf tournament will also begin the campaign kickoff for next year, which is the local United Wayâs 100th anniversary.
âWeâre very excited about celebrating our 100th anniversary next spring with the community,â Osuch said. âIt means a lot to me that weâve stayed relevant while supporting the community and adapting to change. We started out just serving Bristol and now we serve Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth. Weâve now been through a pandemic as well. Going forward we will continue to help out as best as we can.â
People can register as participants or sponsors for United Wayâs annual golf tournament fundraiser by calling Lausier at 860-582-9559, ext. 407.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.