Locals step up for Classic

When area golfers swing their clubs in the 21st Kennedy Center Charity Golf Classic on Monday, June 25, they are making a significant contribution to help others.

This year’s tournament will benefit the Kennedy Center Day Support Program. Since the tournament’s inception, more than $500,000 has been donated to The Kennedy Center.

This community-based rehabilitation organization currently serves 2,000 individuals annually from birth through seniors who have disabilities or special needs.

Golfers also get a chance to mentor and support junior golfers throughout the state.

The concept of partnering junior golfers with adult golfers was first introduced to the tournament by the late Fred and Fran Ahlbin, long-time Fairfield residents.

This scholarship program has awarded over $200,000 to more than 425 young men and women golfers to pursue their college education.

Selection is based on academic achievement, school and community leadership, and golf proficiency, and is open to junior golfers aged 15 through 18, who play free of charge in the 18-hole tournament.

This year’s Classic will be played at Shorehaven Golf Club, 14 Canfield Ave., Norwalk, overlooking Long Island Sound.

The Junior Scholarship Awards sponsors include: the families of Diane Thompson of Sandy Hook and Julie Conley of Olney, Maryland, in memory of Fred and Fran Ahlbin.

For the 21st year in a row, the Probus Club is providing volunteer support to the tournament. This Greater Bridgeport civic organization assists organizations that serve people with disabilities.

Stephen Donahue of Trumbull is chairman and founder of this golf classic.

Other committee members include: Trumbull residents Joseph Dennin and Martin D. Schwartz; Bill Gill and John Ryan of Fairfield; Bob Brown of Bridgeport; Jo Ann McMullan of Westport; Shelton residents Steve Smith and Michael Klein; Tiffany Sikorsky of Milford; Marie Shimchick of Norwalk, and Sue Quinn of Weston.

The individual player fee of $350 includes lunch, an afternoon scramble or best ball tournament featuring foursomes matched with a junior golfer, a social hour and awards reception, sit-down dinner and numerous golf prizes.

For one lucky golfer, a hole-in-one jackpot of $50,000 will be awarded.

The tournament opens with registration and lunch at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun tee-off format at 12:30 p.m.

The evening’s festivities include a social hour, dinner and awards beginning at 6 p.m.

Sponsorship opportunities and player reservations are available by contacting at The Kennedy Center, 203-365-8522, extension 216 or visiting thekennedycenterinc.org.

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