Golfers earn Kennedy scholarships

Nearly 100 golfers helped brighten the lives of others by swinging their clubs for charity at Shorehaven Country Club in Norwalk, when The Kennedy Center 21st annual Charity Golf Classic raised almost $17,000 for programs and services provided by The Kennedy Center for people with disabilities.

Matthew Chan, Taylor Gracon, Kathleena Inchoco, Luke McCrory and Conor Scharlop were among the 26 junior golfers from 16 communities throughout the state who 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, more than 450 junior golfers from Connecticut have received more than $210,000 in scholarship money, due to the ongoing commitment and generosity of the Ahlbin family, the junior awards sponsor.

Celebrity golfers who played the links to support this worthwhile cause included: Rick Cerone, former catcher of the NY Yankees, and O.J. Anderson and Curtis McGriff, both former players for the Giants.

Since its inception, the tournament has contributed over $517,000 for vital programs and services provided by The Kennedy Center.

The bronze sponsors of the tournament were Donahue & Brown, LLC, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder, P.C. and Newtown Savings Bank.

In addition, the Junior Scholarship Awards sponsors included: the families of Diane Thompson of Sandy Hook and Julie Conley of Olney, Maryland, in memory of Fred and Fran Ahlbin.

Chairman of the successful golf classic was Stephen Donahue of Trumbull.

The Probus Club also provided invaluable volunteer support. This Greater Bridgeport civic organization assists organizations that serve people with disabilities.

The Kennedy Center is an internationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,000 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.

One of the programs that benefited from the golf tournament was the Day Support Programs, also known as Community Experience Programs.

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