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Golf Scramble Benefits Darien YMCA’s Special Needs Programming

A golf scramble at the E.G. Brennan Golf Course in Stamford will benefit Darien YMCA's special needs programming.
A golf scramble at the E.G. Brennan Golf Course in Stamford will benefit Darien YMCA's special needs programming. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. – A golf scramble fundraiser to benefit the Darien YMCA special needs programs will be held on Monday at 7 a.m. at the E.G. Brennan Golf Course in Stamford.

Participants will enjoy breakfast, an 18-hole golf tournament and an open-bar luncheon. Registration fee per golfer is $150. Check-in and breakfast will begin at 7 a.m., followed by the golf tournament from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Golfers will compete in groups of four and the tournament will take place in a shotgun format, allowing all golfers to begin at the same time but on different holes. Following the conclusion of the tournament, all golfers are invited to enjoy a luncheon from 1-4 p.m. featuring an open bar and prize presentations. The luncheon is available to non-golfers at a price of $75.

This annual event was founded by Pio Bruzzese, a Stamford father whose son, Vincent, was diagnosed with autism. For the past nine years, Vincent has participated in many special needs programs at the Darien Y where he has had the opportunity to interact with children of different abilities. Vincent’s mother has credited the knowledgeable staff with Vincent’s learning to be increasingly more independent while learning to play and socialize in a friendly, safe environment.

“It is through this fundraiser that we hope to build on this wonderful foundation that has been created at the Darien YMCA to provide a setting where children with all different abilities can be respected for who they are and feel part of their community and wider society,” said Bruzzese.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For a sponsorship donation of $250, the sponsor will be acknowledged with a sign at a designated hole.

For more information about the event, sponsoring or to register, contact Bruzzese at 646-660-5082 or at pbruzzese@nemotile.com .

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