NEW BRITAIN - Disabled American Veterans Hardware City Chapter 8â€™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 eventâ€™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 â€śStickerâ€ť Plocharczyk of New Britain, a Navy veteran of World War II who served in the South Pacific.
â€śThis 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,â€ť said tournament Director and Founder Dennis Buden. â€śThis event proves that the respect Americans have for those who served is boundless.â€ť
The Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open is stateâ€™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.
â€śDAV 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,â€ť 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 Moâ€™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 Whitsonâ€™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 eventâ€™s media sponsor while Martin Rosolâ€™s of New Britain was the eventâ€™s barbeque sponsor, providing golfers with grilled kielbasa sandwiches on the course.
â€śFarmington Bank is proud to continue its support of Connecticut veterans through this very special event,â€ť said John Patrick, chairman, president and CEO of Farmington Bank. â€śWe respect and appreciate the service and sacrifice of our veterans and are honored to support this wonderful cause.â€ť
Next yearâ€™s 10th Annual Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open will take place on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at Tunxis Plantation Country Club.