United Way's 47th annual golf tournament at Chippanee filling up fast; here's how to take part

Published on Monday, 26 July 2021 15:46


BRISTOL – United Way of West Central Connecticut’s 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.

“Our ‘Made in Connecticut’ basket was very popular last year,” Lausier said. “It 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.”

Golfers will also be able to enjoy ice cream from Darren’s Ice Cream Truck while out on the course.

“They have helped us out with a number of events,” Lausier said. “The golfers love seeing that truck pull onto the course.”

As of this time, Lausier said one third of the playing field is currently registered. She encouraged people to register “the sooner the better” if they want to play.

“We get support from not only the local community, but some out of state partners who believe in and support our mission as well,” Lausier said. “The 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.”

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 Way’s 100th anniversary.

“We’re very excited about celebrating our 100th anniversary next spring with the community,” Osuch said. “It means a lot to me that we’ve 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. We’ve now been through a pandemic as well. Going forward we will continue to help out as best as we can.”

People can register as participants or sponsors for United Way’s annual golf tournament fundraiser by calling Lausier at 860-582-9559, ext. 407.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, Plainville, Plymouth on Monday, 26 July 2021 15:46. Updated: Monday, 26 July 2021 15:48.