Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open raises $25K in support of state veterans

Published on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 12:53
Written by Ciara Hooks


NEW BRITAIN – The Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open raised a grand total of $25,000 for Connecticut veterans.

“It was truly gratifying to see this special event’s level of support return to pre-pandemic levels,” said Dennis Buden, tournament founder and director. “Connecticut veterans depend on the dollars raised by this event.”

Bolstered by a near-record field of 185 golfers and nearly 250 dinner guests who showed up to Tunxis Plantation Country Club Oct. 7, the Open was a grand success.

“We are dedicated to supporting veterans and military families in many ways as we live out our mission to improve the lives of all of our customers, teammates and communities for generations to come,” said David W. Glidden, Liberty Bank President and CEO. “This rewarding partnership allows us to give back locally to help our veterans succeed as we work together to make an even greater impact. We are proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of this event and to continue our investment year after year.”

Liberty Bank has committed to returning as lead sponsor for the 2023 Golden Kielbasa, which will take place once again at Tunxis Plantation September 29, 2023.

“I have every confidence that with Liberty Bank’s leadership in place, along with a 2023 date already set, our 2023 event will be the biggest we’ve ever had,” Buden said.

Making the “GK” – as the event is fondly called by its fans – unique is its focus on honoring veterans and their service. This year’s post-golf dinner was highlighted by ceremonies honoring the late Angelo Tomasso, Sr. and Angelo Tomasso, Jr., veterans of World War I and II, respectively, and iconic New Britain business and community leaders, along with 95-year-old Al Nelson, a lifelong New Britain resident who served four years in the Navy during World War II and another 30 with the New Britain Fire Department.

The state’s premier veterans charity golf event, founded in 2009, and since 2011 a full-fledged charity event focusing on supporting state veterans, has now raised more than $180,000 overall. Primary beneficiaries of the event are its host, the Disabled America Veterans, Hardware City Chapter 8 and House of Heroes Connecticut.

For more information about DAV Hardware City Chapter 8 and the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, visit

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 12:53. Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2022 12:56.