Trio awarded Junior golf scholarships

The Kennedy Center 23rd annual Charity Golf Classic raised more than $34,000 for underfunded programs and awarded 24 Junior Golf Scholarships, including one to Trumbull’s Casey Goulden, Jason Hagani and Patrick Heeks, at the Shorehaven Country Club in Norwalk.

Over 100 golfers swung their clubs for charity in one of the only tournaments in the state where junior golfers play with an adult foursome.

Since its inception, the tournament has contributed over $568,000 for the benefit of children and adults with disabilities in the community to live a productive and fulfilling life.

The title sponsors of the tournament were the families of Diane Thompson of Sandy Hook and Julie and Doug Conley of Olney, Maryland, in memory of Fred and Fran Ahlbin.

Other sponsors included: ProAm sponsor Merit Insurance of Shelton, Invitational sponsors Donahue & Brown, LLC of Fairfield and The Hartford Insurance and Gold Ball sponsor GE Capital.

Twenty-four junior golfers from 11 communities throughout the state were awarded scholarships based upon academic achievement, school and community leadership, and golf proficiency.

Junior golfers aged 15 through 18 played for free in this scramble-format, 18-hole classic. In total, nearly 500 junior golfers from Connecticut have received more than $230,000 in scholarship money.

Co-chairs of golf classic were Trumbull residents Stephen Donahue and Sean Carroll. The Probus Club also provided volunteer support.

“This Greater Bridgeport civic organization assists organizations that serve people with disabilities and has a proud heritage of helping The Kennedy Center for over two decades,” said Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center.

The Kennedy Center is a nationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,400 individuals annually.

The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years.

The Kennedy Center operates 26 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs. Visit for more information.