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Day of Golf Benefits Students in Need

CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake and CEA Treasurer Tom Nicholas.

CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake and CEA Treasurer Tom Nicholas on the morning of the CEF Golf Tournament.

More than 200 golfers and supporters—teachers from across the state, friends, business partners, and CEA staff—had fun, while raising money to help disadvantaged public school students this week. The 22nd annual Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament took place at Glastonbury Hills Country Club on July 11.

“There are a lot of children who are better off thanks to the people who play in our tournament, and our generous sponsors and volunteers,” said CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake. “All of the money CEF gives out to students in need, comes from this one tournament.”

Suffield Education Association members at the 2016

Suffield Education Association members won first place net at the CEF Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament.

From eyeglasses to clothing and school supplies, teachers request funds to provide essential items for many of their most needy students whose families are experiencing medical or financial hardships.

“All the money goes to assist children who truly need our help,” said Leake. “Sometimes to be successful, we all need a little help, and that’s what CEF is all about—helping our most vulnerable children.”

Click here to see a photo gallery of this year’s event.

Winners were as follows.

First place gross
Fairfield Education Association
David Abraham
Mike Abraham
Justin Henry
Peter Shamzu

First place net
Suffield Education Association
Mark Janick
Kevin Courchesne
Justin Drago
Matt Bourgoin

Second place gross
Frontier Employee Community Fund
Don Karkos
Nick Pearicello
Todd Ryoecki
Mike Pinchera

Second place net
ConnectiCare
Karen Possidente-Leibiger
Karen O’Connell
Joe Maturo
Dan Vaughan

Third place gross
Waterbury Education Association
Tom Dorso
Kevin Egan
Ryan Sullivan
Jay Lanoveite

Third place net
Hebron Education Association
Tony Pitrone
Kathy Anderson
Mike Corona
Darin Aiola

Karen O’Connell won the women’s long drive competition while Justin Henry won the men’s.

Dwaine Vaudrey won closest to pin #3 with a distance of 2’11”, Art Howe won closest to pin #6 with a distance of 10’8″, Don Karkos won closest to pin #11 with a distance of 5’9″, and Chris Waxenberg won closest to pin #18 with a distance of 5’1″.

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