Westport Resources, a leading independent investment and financial planning firm serving individuals, families, municipalities and institutions around the world, is very pleased to announce that its inaugural Charity Golf Classic, held Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at The Connecticut Golf Club, raised $55,000 for Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF). Westport Resources underwrote the entire cost of the event, allowing 100 percent of the funds raised to be contributed directly to FCCF.
Juanita James, president and CEO of FCCF, said: “In all of my years of involvement with nonprofit fundraising events, I have never encountered a host who insisted on giving an organization 100 percent of the proceeds. Westport Resources’ extraordinary generosity and enthusiasm for the work we do is deeply appreciated.”
John Vaccaro, founder and CEO of Westport Resources, said: “FCCF is a wonderful organization that provides much-needed support to many nonprofits in our community. I am very impressed with the leadership Juanita and the dedicated staff at FCCF are engaged in delivering which is why I am confident that the funds we raised will be leveraged to best fulfill the most urgent needs in Fairfield County.”
Charity Golf Classic kicked off at 11 a.m. with special guest Michael Breed
giving a “full swing” presentation to all participants. Breed is host of the
signature Golf Channel program, “The Golf Fix,” and recipient of the 2012 PGA
Teacher of the Year Award. He and J.
Rodney Loesch, the #2 teaching professional in Connecticut, were
on hand throughout the day to mingle with golfers and offer helpful tips.
A golf scramble began at noon with grilled lunch provided at the turn. At each hole golfers also participated in a contest to answer quiz questions about Fairfield County’s needs. The foursome with the most correct answers won a $5,000 grant from FCCF to contribute to a local charity of its choice. Following the scramble golfers were met with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and awards.
Vaccaro added: “Many thanks to all who participated – golfers, sponsors, organizers – for your generosity and time in making this event such a wonderful success.”
Sponsors included: Allianz Global Investors; AMS Planning &
Research; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Corporate Design LLC; Cresa Fairfield County;
Cruice Financial Organization; Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management; Dworken,
Hillman, LaMorte & Sterczala, P.C.; Fairfield County Bank; Forward; HRC
Fund Associates, LLC; Ivy Funds; JPMorgan Chase; Robert and Jane Jacobs; Magna
Construction; MainStay Investments; Miller Motorcars; Mitchells of Westport; Moffly
Media; Nuveen Investments; Pershing LLC; Principal Funds; Prudential Financial;
Rizzuto’s; Bill Scheffler and Ann Sheffer; The Silverman Group; Wealth Access,
LLC; and Terrain Garden Café.
Additional corporate supporters
included: Guggenheim Investments; ICON
Advisers, Inc.; Putnam Investments; The Street; Taylored Business Solutions;
The TNS Group; and Van Eck Global.