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The sun was shining brightly on the morning of Wednesday, September 21st as 88 golfers came together at Fox Hopyard Golf Club in East Haddam for the 11th Annual Catholic Charities Golf Tournament. The day began with registration at 10:30 AM and all golfers received a golf umbrella donated by Gold Sponsor Conway, Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, P.C. In addition to the umbrella, each golfer received a sleeve of golf balls courtesy of Attorney Steven Reck, golf tees donated by Charter Oak Federal Credit Union; golf “stress balls” by Angela Arnold and gift certificates for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream courtesy of Unilever and Dennis Hammen.

We are grateful to Ken Capano and ShopRite stores for again being our $6,000 Platinum Sponsor and Conway Londregan, Sheehan & Monaco, P.C. as a $3,500 Gold Sponsor. This year we had a record number of 19 new sponsors! We were blessed with two new $3,500 Gold Sponsors; the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and Derek S. Pirruccello, CFP® The VHP Group Merrill Lynch, and in addition to his generous sponsorship, Derek and his wife Laura golfed in the tournament. Backus Hospital returned for a second year as a $2,500 Silver Sponsor and RAD Consulting, a first-time $1,200 Bronze Sponsor.

Charter Oak Federal Credit Union was a $350 sponsor for the “Longest Drive,” St. Patrick Church in Mystic was a $350 sponsor for the “Practice Green” and Mahoney Sabol was also a “Practice Green” sponsor for $350 and Waller, Smith, Palmer, P.C. was a $350 sponsor for the “Closest-to-the-Pin” hole. There were a total of 20 parishes supporting Catholic Charities as $200 Tee Sponsors. Those parishes are: All Saints; St. John the Evangelist (Montville), Our Lady of Perpetual Help; Our Lady of the Lakes; Our Lady of Grace; Our Lady of Lourdes; Sacred Heart (Norwichtown); Sacred Heart (Vernon); St. Agnes; St. Andrew; St. Bridget of Kildare; St. Edward; St. Francis of Assisi; St. John (Middletown); St. Joseph (New London); St. Mark, St. Mary (Portland; St. Mary Mother of the Redeemer (Groton); St Mary of the Visitation (Clinton); St. Mary, St. Joseph & Sts. Peter and Paul (Norwich); St. Matthias and the Catholic Community of St. Bernard and St. Mattew. Eight (8) of the parishes are new sponsors. We had a total of 12 business Tee Sponsors: Dime Bank, Horgan Law Offices, IM Technolohy (2); Impellitteri-Malia Funeral Home; Lawrence & Memorial Hospital; McCarthy Heating Oil Service; Service Master Restoration by Wills; Sharon Ferguson – Root Candle Company; The Dreger Fleet; Thomas Neilan & Sons Funeral Home and Waterford Dunkin Donuts. Seven (7) of these sponsors are new. All signs were prominently displayed throughout the course! Thank you for your ongoing support; it is greatly appreciated. A total of 37 raffle prizes were donated. We also had a 50/50 raffle which also set a record; $425 went to the lucky donor whose name was drawn, and the other $425 went to Catholic Charities. MJ Sullivan had a beautiful black Impala sitting on the 16th hole, awaiting the golfer who might get a hole-in-one, but unfortunately, no one drove the car away.

All golfers enjoyed a BBQ lunch and at 1:00 PM Bishop Cote and Fox Hopyard Golf Director, Ron Beck officially welcomed the 22 foursomes and the tournament began. Golfers began coming off the course around 5:30 PM, giving them the opportunity to network before enjoying hors d’oeuvres, dinner and the awards prizes. Bishop Cote thanked all the golfers who came out to not only enjoy a day of golf and camaraderie, but to raise funds to help those most in need in Eastern Connecticut.

Bishop Cote introduced Ed Tessman, Catholic Charities Executive Director.

Ed thanked Christine Jackel, Development Coordinator, who coordinated the golf tournament, and the staff from Development and Catholic Charities onsite for their help. Ed turned the program over to Ralph Monaco, who has served as Chairman of the New London Advisory Board for 11 years.

Ralph presented awards to the following golfers 1st Gross: Dr. Parekh, Dr. Walia, Sagar Parekh and Jamie Hanrahan. 1st Net: John Malia, Shawn Farbotka, Ron Baude and Matt Greene. 2nd Gross: Fr. Kevin Reilly, Tom Gram, Jeff Battison and Paul Sartor. 2nd Net: Tony Joyce, Joe Demayo, Mark Bildner and Joe Fatone. 3rd Net: Derek Pirruccello, Laura Pirruccello, Mary Benda and Paul Benda. Closest-to-the-Pin on #4 – Ray Bankoski; Closest to-the-Pin on #14: Dave Putnam and Longest Drive – Laura Pirruccello. Chairman of the New London Advisory Board, Ralph Monaco said “This has been an outstanding fundraising event for the past 11 years, and each year it seems to get better. It is heartwarming to see so many sponsors and golfers financially supporting the great work that Catholic Charities does in our communities to help those in need.”

A special thank you to those who volunteered: Kathy Gaito, Rosela Precopio, Kathy Capon, Jane Leger, Kathy Tessman, Sharon Ferguson, Laura Malone and Cindy Mageski. To all the sponsors and golfers, a huge “thank you” for your generosity and support of Catholic Charities. Proceeds from this event help us to continue our mission of “Providing Help and Creating Hope” to those most in need throughout Eastern Connecticut. It was a wonderful day and the tournament was a success! We do not yet have final figures, but preliminary numbers indicate Catholic Charities could realize a profit of over $25,000!

Christine Jackel
Development Coordinator


Catholic Charities Newsletter

Making A Difference

Volume 1, Issue 1


The Celebration of Family Champions - 2016

Diane Manning, Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies Board Chair; Edward J. Tessman, Catholic Charities Executive Director; Carole Gilbert, 2016 Catholic Charities Family Champion Staff Member; Angela Arnold, 2016 Catholic Charities Family Champion Board Member; Joette Katz, State of Connecticut Commissioner Department of Children and Families; Alyssa Goduti, President & CEO Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies

The Celebration of Family Champions has become an opportunity for The Council to recognize two individuals from each member agency who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to strengthen and support families in Connecticut.

To celebrate these family champions The Council first recognizes that it is a person's individual talent, skill and dedication that changes lives forever. Angela Arnold and Carole Gilbert achieved this honor in their own personal way, by demonstrating the best of what their agency has to offer, consistently giving more, reaching further, and taking bold steps to strengthen and improve the lives of families throughout our state.



Catholic Charities USA

Pictured are Edward J. Tessman, Executive Director and Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, CEO and President of Catholic Charities USA

At a recent meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, Ed had the opportunity to spend time with Sister Donna Markham and talk about the organization’s strategic priorities, vision and identity. The Diocesan Directors Leadership Institute Program, sponsored by Catholic Charities USA, gives new Diocesan Directors an opportunity to meet with their peers from across the country as well as meet with staff from Catholic Charities USA.

For more information please contact: Mr. Edward J. Tessman: 860-889-8346, edwardtessman@ccfsn.org

Catholic Charities Diocese of Norwich Inc. is a 501(c)(3)charitable organization registered in Connecticut.


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