SOUTHINGTON – Lisa, Inc. and Community Solutions Inc. are combining their annual golf tournaments Sept. 13 at Farms Country Club in Wallingford.
The event will begin with registration and driving range time at 10:30 a.m. at the country club at 180 Cheshire Road, Wallingford. Lunch will be offered at 11 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at noon. Cocktails will be offered at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded for raffles and auctions 7 p.m.
Elizabeth Hyatt, director of communication for Community Solutions, Inc. and LISA, Inc., said both groups had been running separate golf tournaments for the past 16 years. This year, since the two organizations have merged, the decision was made to merge the tournaments as well.
“Last year when we held our golf tournament it was in honor of Brian Farrell Sr., who passed away last March,” Hyatt said. “There were 120 participants at that event. This year we sold out of player spots within a month and a half. We have 144 players this year, including both a significant number of loyal supporters who come year after year as well as new people coming on board with us. We’re looking forward to blending the tournaments so that supporters of Community Solutions, Inc. and LISA, Inc. will get to know each other and the services we both offer better.”
LISA, Inc. assists youth in the care of the Department of Children and Families and help them transition into the community. Proceeds from the golf tournament will go toward improving quality of life for the disadvantaged people in their care.
This year, as has been the case for the past two golf tournaments, a former client of LISA, Inc. will share their story with guests at the dinner.
“Hearing these stories from someone who has been through our programs and succeeded thanks to their support really ties everything together,” Hyatt said. “It shows people the purpose behind their contributions.”
Three awards will be presented after dinner to honor some of LISA, Inc.’s biggest contributors.
John Berman will receive the CSI John Berman Impact Award.
“He is one of the founders of LISA, Inc. and he will be the first recipient of this award,” she said.
Hai Group, of Cheshire, will be presented the Brian Farrell Sr. Heart of Lisa, Inc. Award. They are being recognized for being long-time supporters of LISA, Inc.
Joseph Gartland will also be posthumously presented with a certificate for his contributions. His wife will receive the award on his behalf.
“He generously made donations every month for more than five years,” Hyatt said.
Although player spots are currently full, Hyatt said there are still a variety of ways that people can get involved and help to make a difference.
“We're looking for sponsors; we have some space available for lunch and dinner sponsors and also for people to purchase commemorative flags or tee signs to promote their business or organization,” Hyatt said. “This year we have also added a beginner’s clinic and day passes that people can purchase to come out and enjoy a day at Farms with their families.”
To become a sponsor, email Elizabeth Hyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or Debbie Farrell at email@example.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.