Golf tournament honors veterans, raises money

Published on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:09
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NEW BRITAIN - Coming off a record year of fundraising, the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open 10th-anniversary event is less than two months away.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, at Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington, the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open will host its tenth-anniversary event. This year, the event will honor DAV Chapter 8 Commander Dennis Taricani, a retired Vietnam veteran who has spent the past 48 years giving back to veterans and educating New Britain youth.

Last year, 206 golfers helped raise $27,500, the highest single-year total in the event’s history.

Over the past seven years, the tournament has raised more than $110,000 to go veterans’ causes

Organizers are expecting more than 200 golfers this year, and 300 guests at the post-golf dinner and ceremonies are expected to be on hand for Connecticut’s premier veterans charity golf event. Tournament organizers are hoping to reach or exceed $30,000 in net proceeds this year alone. This year’s beneficiaries are House of Heroes Connecticut and DAV Chapter 8.

“We’re hoping our 10th annual event will be our biggest and best yet,” said Dennis Buden, founder and director of the tournament. “It is only appropriate that this year’s event honor Mr. Taricani, DAV Chapter 8’s commander who has selflessly flown under the radar for decades tirelessly supporting his fellow veterans. Given Dennis’ status in the Greater New Britain community as a highly regarded veterans advocate and educator, we are expecting a large turnout.”

Taricani, a New Britain native who has lived in Berlin for years, served in Vietnam from February 1968 to January 1970, coming back thankful to be alive and determined to make a difference in his community. He retired two years ago after 35 years as a teacher in the New Britain school system, and has been a central figure over the decades in a wide variety of community efforts to serve and honor veterans. Taricani has assisted countless fellow veterans in collecting the benefits they have rightfully earned as a longtime DAV Chapter 8 service officer.

The fee is $150 per player, which includes range, greens fees, cart, premium gift bag, lunch and beverages on the course, prizes and post-golf dinner and raffle. Dinner-only registration is available online for those interested in attending only the dinner and ceremonies honoring Taricani. Tickets are $75 per person, with tables of eight available for $600.

The event is hosted by the Disabled American Veterans, Hardware City Chapter 8 and presented by Farmington Bank.

A wide variety of sponsorship opportunities beginning at $100 are still available.

For further information about the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, please contact Tournament Director Dennis Buden at or 860-558-0514, or visit . Online registration and sponsorship information is also available on the website.

- Skyler Frazer, @SFrazerNBH

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:09. Updated: Tuesday, 7 August 2018 20:11.