DiMatteo Family golf tournament helps three nonprofits

Golf and giving went hand in hand when over 120 golfers swung their clubs at the 11th annual DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament that resulted in contributions over $33,000 for three area nonprofits.

Organized by the DiMatteo Group in Shelton, supporters played a round of golf at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford for the benefit of three local non-profits. The DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation split the $33,000 proceeds equally between the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley in Shelton, St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services in Trumbull, and St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound in Bridgeport.

The foundation was established by the DiMatteo Group 11 years ago as a tribute to Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo, their late father and company founder, who was battling cancer at the time.

“Our Family Foundation, in conjunction with our Golf Tournament is committed to supporting various organizations that have made a difference in the lives of our family, clients and staff,” said John DiMatteo, President of the DiMatteo Group. “Since its inception over a decade ago, we have contributed (over $330,000) for various well-known local and national charities that fund research, education and finding a cure for diseases.”

Founded over 56 years ago, this family-owned and operated business specializes in insurance, employee benefits, income tax and financial services. Giving back to the community is part of the company’s mission.

A committee of nearly 25 volunteers planned this annual golf tournament. The following volunteers deserve special recognition for volunteering more than five years: Shelton residents Lena DiMatteo, Rosemarie Esposito, Loretta Lesko, Robert Lesko, Natalie Lesko, Barbara Gelozin, Nancy Opitz, Karen Minopoli and Maureen Yash; Bethany residents John DiMatteo, Kim DiMatteo and Michael DiMatteo; Maria Rodrigues of Milford, Sue Doolan of Orange, Genie Tricarico of Seymour, and Debbie Bobela of Monroe.

Many area companies and business associates of DiMatteo Group contributed to the tournament as sponsors. Top gold sponsors included: Liberty Mutual Insurance, Fairway Payments, The Hartford, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield and the DiMatteo Group. Park City Ford of Bridgeport was the hole-in-one sponsor.

At the silver sponsor level, the following generous sponsors were: Preferred Tool and Die, Inc. of Shelton, 3PL Worldwide, Inc. and Berliner Insurance.

Other event sponsors included: Commonwealth Cares Fund, Inc., Acadia Insurance, Selective Insurance, and CATIC Financial, Inc.

In addition, for over a decade, Steve Geremia from Safelite AutoGlass in Bridgeport has organized a Hit the Windshield putting contest on the day of the tournament and donates the prize and the proceeds.

John DiMatteo said, “We are extremely grateful to all our friends, family and customers who have so generously contributed to our golf tournament. This annual event is the major source of funding for our Family Foundation and we want to recognize the community’s ongoing support.”

Some of the past beneficiaries of the golf tournament have included: Project Purple, National Kidney Foundation, the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, The Kennedy Center, Juvenile Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Spooner House, Homes for the Brave Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes, and MovingWithHOPE.