Fund-raiser will support mental health services for children, honor Mary Sherlach

A fund-raiser in memory of Trumbull resident and Newtown school shooting victim Mary Sherlach will be held right here in town at Tashua Knolls Golf Course.

The June 24 fund-raising golf tournament will help Fairfield County children and teenagers receive quality mental health care, in honor of the Sandy Hook School counselor.

The tournament supports Mary’s Fund at the Fairfield County Community Foundation, started by her family and friends, as a way to continue her life’s work and help those who may not have insurance or money to pay for services. The fund’s mission statement reads that it strives to provide “the highest quality of care that Mary sought to deliver each day at Sandy Hook.”

“The events of December 14, 2012, left a huge hole in many lives,” Mary’s husband, William Sherlach, said. “Mary’s Fund enables our family to concentrate efforts in an area Mary deemed to be critical, but hard to find, for many of today’s children. We will be able to continue her work for years to come, with many successes along the way.”

How to help

The June 24 tournament will begin at noon at Tashua Knolls Golf Course. It can accommodate up to 128 players, as well as various corporate and group sponsorships.

Title sponsorships are available as well as other sponsorship options, including hole sponsors and beverage cart sponsors.

Entry fee is $200 per player and $800 per foursome, and includes lunch, a round of golf, and cart, as well as food and an open bar upon completion of the round. A raffle and auction will also be held. A limited number of dinner-only tickets are available for $90.

For entry forms and sponsorship requests, call 203-319-5183 during business hours or email The deadline for entries and sponsorships is June 3.


Sherlach and his wife, both long-time Trumbull residents who put their children through the Trumbull School System, were honored Wednesday by First Selectman Timothy Herbst, both receiving Clarence Heimann Leadership Award during Herbst’s State of the Town address.

“On December 14, 2012, she courageously gave her life in defense of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Herbst said of Mary. “This spring, we will name the Trumbull Counseling Center in her honor.”

Herbst applauded her husband for continuing his wife’s work.

“As we seek to support them, their unwavering commitment to helping others serves as an example to us all,” Herbst said. “It is my honor to posthumously award this year's Clarence Heimann Leadership Award to Mary Sherlach and also to her husband, Bill Sherlach.”