In its five year history, the annual First Selectman’s Golf Classic has raised a total of $323,230 to support various student programs at Trumbull High School, according to First Selectman Tim Herbst.

Started in 2012, the First Selectman’s Golf Classic is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that raises money for various Trumbull High programs. Some of the programs that the golf outing has supported are Trumbull High School athletics, the Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band and the Trumbull ACE Foundation.

Herbst credited administrative assistant Barbara Whetstone with being the “glue that holds the classic together and helps to grow it each and every year.” He also cited his education at Trumbull High School as the reason why he started the First Selectman’s Golf Classic, noting the importance of the town’s public school system.

“As a proud alum of Trumbull High School, I am thrilled that the Golf Classic has raised record levels of funding for student programs at Trumbull High School” Herbst said. “These funds help our athletic teams to compete and be among the best in Connecticut. These funds allow our marching band to compete at the national level. Most importantly, these funds allow for an extension of learning beyond the classroom for our competitive academic teams that are sponsored by our ACE Foundation. With a school system that was recently ranked in the ‘Top Ten’ most in-demand nationwide, this charitable organization helps raise the bar for our school district and sets us apart from the rest.”

School Supt. Gary Cialfi also offered praise for the funds raised on behalf of student programs at Trumbull High School.

“Once again, the Golf Classic has received enormous support from the entire Trumbull community,” Cialfi said. “As superintendent, I am extremely appreciative of the financial benefits that so many THS athletes, musicians and academic competitive team members receive from this annual event.”

Trumbull High School Principal Marc Guarino added that this annual event demonstrates how the Trumbull community values public education.

“The First Selectman’s Golf Classic was a tremendous success.  The Trumbull High School community would like to thank all those who organized this year’s event and to all the volunteers who worked to make this event happen,” Guarino said. “Our students are fortunate to live and learn in a community that truly values education. Our community’s support for the First Selectman’s Golf Classic reflects all that is great about being a Trumbull High School Golden Eagle.”

Established in 2012, the Board of Directors for the First Selectman’s Golf Classic include Sean Carroll, Michael Herbst, John Ponzio, Rosemary Seaman and Lucinda Timpanelli.