Golden Kielbasa Open sets participation, donation records

Published on Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:05
Written by Skyler Frazer

Staff writer

NEW BRITAIN - Disabled American Veterans Hardware City Chapter 8’s Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open raised $27,500 this year, officially bringing the total money raised by the tournament for Connecticut veterans to more than $100,000.

The golf tournament, which took place at Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington on Sept. 28, attracted a record 206 golfers and the $27,500 raised is the single-largest, one-year total in the event’s history.

The 2017 event was highlighted by post-golf ceremonies honoring two Connecticut veterans, the late Bill May, co-founder of House of Heroes Connecticut, who died in December 2016, and 95-year-old Stanley “Sticker” Plocharczyk of New Britain, a Navy veteran of World War II who served in the South Pacific.

“This is a landmark year in our short history. Little did we know when we started this event in 2009 that it would grow so much and so quickly,” said tournament Director and Founder Dennis Buden. “This event proves that the respect Americans have for those who served is boundless.”

The Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open is state’s largest veterans charity golf event. The total raised by the tournament since 2009 stands at $114,500, more than $110,000 in the last six years.

“DAV Chapter 8 is proud to be the host of this event, and to be able to aid so many Connecticut veterans through the causes we support,” said Cmdr. Dennis Taricani.

Major beneficiaries are House of Heroes Connecticut, Friends of Fisher House Connecticut and DAV Chapter 8. Additional beneficiaries this year included Mo’s Closet at the VA Medical Center in Newington and the DAV Department of Connecticut transportation and gift card programs for veterans.

Platinum sponsors were Stanley Black & Decker, the Tomasso Group, the Creed Law Firm and Atlantic Restoration and Remodeling.

Gold sponsors were Bourdon Forge, Frontier Communications, HB Communications, the New Britain Bees and Whitson’s School Nutrition.

Silver sponsors included Boston Granite Exchange, Connecticut Solid Surface, Eversource, Gaffney Bennett & Associates, Okay Industries, Joseph M. Roman and Family, William & Donna Rutola and Sir Speedy Printing and Marketing Services/New Britain.

The New Britain Herald/Bristol Press was the event’s media sponsor while Martin Rosol’s of New Britain was the event’s barbeque sponsor, providing golfers with grilled kielbasa sandwiches on the course.

“Farmington Bank is proud to continue its support of Connecticut veterans through this very special event,” said John Patrick, chairman, president and CEO of Farmington Bank. “We respect and appreciate the service and sacrifice of our veterans and are honored to support this wonderful cause.”

Next year’s 10th Annual Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at Tunxis Plantation Country Club.

For more information on the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open and to become part of next year’s event, contact Buden at or 860-558-0514, or visit .

Posted in New Britain Herald, General News on Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:05. Updated: Sunday, 10 December 2017 22:07.