2011 News

NB Herald Features GK, WWII Vets

(October 17, 2011) The October 17 edition of The New Britain Herald features a lengthy wrap-up of the GK, including several photos. A big GK thanks goes out to to Managing Editor Mark Batterson, Reporter Scott Whipple and Herald Publisher Michael Schroeder for their coverage of this important event for New Britain-area vets. Pick up the October 17 Herald to appreciate the full text and photo version, or click here to see the story.

Photo: DAV Commander Accepts Northwest Vets Donation

(October 10, 2011) Disabled American Veterans, Hardware City Chapter Commander Ron Pelletier was the guest of the Northwestern Veterans, T.G.M. Memorial Post at The Post's regular monthly meeting on Sunday, October 9. At the meeting, Ron accepted the Post's donation of $3,000 from proceeds from the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open. Ron poses at far left along with Post Commander William Kochanowski.

More Media Coverage of the GK

(October 10, 2011)
The local media has been supportive of the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, and that continued in the event's aftermath. Please click on these links to view the latest items in The New Britain Herald, Hartford Courant and New Britain City Journal.

Northwest Vets Invited to Take Part in City's Veterans Day Concert

(October 7, 2011) The Northwestern Veterans, T.G.M. Memorial Post, has been invited to take part in ceremonies on stage at New Britain High School on Friday evening, November 11, as part of the city's free Veterans Day Concert, featuring the U.S. Army Field Band's Concert Band and Soldier's Chorus. The Vets will be invited on stage to present The Post's $1,000 check to the City - representing partial proceeds from the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open - for placement of American flags in Fairview Cemetery on Veterans and Memorial Days. For more information about how to obtain tickets for the free concert - which are required - please contact the New Britain Parks & Recreation Department at (860) 826-3360 or click here.

Official News Release: GK Braves Rain, $4,000 Raised for New Britain-Area Vets

(October 6, 2011) The Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open took the best that Mother Nature could toss at it and persevered on Saturday, October 1, as some 80 golfers and nearly twice as many at a post-golf barbeque at New Britain’s VFW Post 511 helped to raise $4,000 in support of New Britain-area veterans. Click the kielbasa logo to the left to view/download the official GK news release summarizing the event.

Official News Release: Greatest Generation to be Honored at the GK

(September 30, 2011) The GK is only ONE DAY AWAY! Click the kielbasa logo to the left to download the GK's official news release with all the details about the special ceremonial tee-off that will take place at 11:30 a.m., honoring five New Britain members of the Greatest Generation. 

More Sponsors as GK 2011 Nears

(September 23, 2011) The GK 2011 is pleased to welcome even more sponsors to the fold as the tournament approaches. Tee time is just one week away! New sponsors include Dattco Bus Co., Corporate Risk Solutions
of Southington, The Dugout Cafe, Spartans Veterans AC, Dursell Novelty & Amusements and Fred Schrager. Thanks for your support!
GK to Honor WWII Vets in On-Course Ceremony

(September 23, 2011) America would be a vastly different place today if our nation did not rise up and meet the challenge of World War II some 70 years ago. Our WWII veterans, those who stepped up and risked their lives to preserve our freedom, are today in ever-declining numbers. The GK 2011 will honor several of these special veterans - all from New Britain - in a pre-golf ceremonial tee-off at 11:30 a.m. at Timberlin Golf Club following the singing of our National Anthem by New Britain-based vocalist Judy Adolewski-Lentini. Those scheduled to be honored include Al Wojtera, Francis "Chet" Giorgetti, Leo Piccoli, Gene Leganza and Andy Symecko - four of whom were born and raised in the Hardware City and all of whom made their lives there. New Britain's own Dattco Bus Co. has graciously agreed to provide complimentary transportation to and from Timberlin for these New Britain heroes, who will be guests of the GK at the post-golf BBQ at the VFW in New Britain. Final details of this special event will be announced next week - stay tuned.

Veterans Ceremonies, BBQ Feast and More


(September 16, 2011) Details for the GK on October 1 are being finalized - and what a party it will be! Though the golf tournament proper is sold out, we invite non-golfers to attend our post-golf BBQ at the VFW Post #511 in New Britain, starting at approximately 5-5:30 p.m. when the first golfers will be arriving following play. Entry is $20, cash or check at the door, which includes a BBQ dinner (featuring hamburgs, chicken, Cappy Dogs and more while it lasts!), a terrific raffle and a special veterans ceremony at 6 p.m., including flags carried by the New Britain High School Junior ROTC color guard, the playing of taps, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Northwestern Veterans, T.G.M. Memorial Post Commander Bill Kochanowski, and remarks by New Britain Mayor Tim Stewart and DAV, Hardware City Chapter Commander Ron Pelletier. If you plan on attending, please contact Dennis Buden so we can adequately estimate our crowd. Don't miss it!

Two words: SOLD OUT!

(September 16, 2011) The 80-player field for the GK is now officially sold out! A big thank you goes to all the captains for getting their foursomes together early and collecting the checks! We are still accepting names for our waiting list - if you are interested in playing, contact Tournament Director Dennis Buden for the latest updates.

...And the Hits Just Keep on Comin'!

(September 16, 2011) With two weeks to go before tee time, the GK is busier than ever. The tournament is sold out, and even more sponsors came on board in the past week, including:


  • RSL Fiber Systems, LLC of East Hartford, which outfits some of the U.S. Navy's most sophisticated warships with advanced fiber optic illumination systems. Thanks to Gio Tomasi, Rick Barnes and Peter Gladis for their support of America's veterans.


  • Guida's Dairy of New Britain. Guida's has been a New Britain institution since the Great Depression, and the Guida family has a long history of dedicated community service. Thanks to Mike Guida and family for your terrific support.


  • Sign Pro of New Britain. Thanks to Pete Rappoccio, Rick Charamut and the crew at the Stanley Street sign maker which has been serving the region's signage needs, from small non-profit events to major corporate branding, since 1990.  


  • VFW Post #511 Men's Auxiliary. Our thanks go to Bob Lentini and the Auxiliary for their support and assistance.


  • Rogo Distributors of East Hartford. A big thank you to Tony DeFrancesco for his help and for supplying some great raffle prizes, too!


  • Burritt Hill Funeral Home of New Britain. Thank you to the Duksa family for helping us out and for your long-time support of veterans causes.


  • Hartford Medical Group. With nine convenient locations throughout the Greater Hartford area, Hartford Medical group is one of the region's premier providers of outpatient services. Thanks to Kent Stahl, John Fundock and staff for your support!

Cappy Dogs at the GK!

(September 9, 2011) More sponsors kicked in this week to support the GK, among them the venerable hot dog king Capitol Lunch in Downtown New Britain. And why not? You can't have a golf tournament celebrating New Britain veterans and the city's heritage without those dogs with the famous sauce! Gus, Art and his crew have also been kind enough to donate a large vat of that very sauce for the post-golf barbeque at the VFW in New Britain. Can you smell those chopped onions? We also welcome new sponsors D&H Electrical Consultants, Inc., and Buden Tax Consulting. Thanks to Mark Drivdahl and Rob Buden for your ongoing help and support.

More Sponsors Join the Fold

(September 2, 2011) The Golden Kielbasa continues to garner impressive support from the business community and organizations/individuals alike. This week we welcome new sponsors Martin Rosol's of New Britain, Shelco Filters of Middletown (thank you, John Zotter!) and Dr. William Petit. Martin Rosol's is the signature "kielbasa maker" among those in Connecticut who know their Polish delicacies. The company has been the region's go-to source for hot dogs, kielbasa, sausage and premium cold cuts since 1937. Shelco Filters is one of the most respected names in the filtration industry, providing a complete line of filtration products for a wide range of industrial and high-purity applications. The GK welcomes you aboard!

Big Week for the GK

(August 26, 2011) Schaller Auto World and law firm Ericson, Scalise & Mangan, PC, joined the GK family this week as major sponsors. Schaller was founded in New Britain in 1953 by Gustave Schaller as a small, family-owned dealership and today is one of the region's largest sellers of a wide variety of makes and models. Ericson, Scalise & Mangan has provided a broad range of legal services with its signature caring, sensitive approach to countless New Britain-area families since 1945. Both companies have long histories of dedication to the New Britain community. The GK would like to thank Art Schaller, Jr., Robert A. Scalise, Jr, and their partners and staffs for their support of New Britain-area veterans.

Shaker Farmingdale Funeral Home Joins the GK 

(August 19, 2011) The GK thanks Paul Shaker, Jr. and his terrific staff at Shaker Farmingdale Funeral Home in New Britain as our latest sponsor. Paul and his family have been long-time supporters of area veterans and New Britain community causes. Welcome aboard!

GK 2011 Gets More Press

(August 19, 2011) The GK 2011 continues to get good press! Check out the latest notices posted in The Hartford Courant's I-Towns section and in the weekly New Britain City Journal.

GK 2011 Welcomes Latest Round of Sponsors

(August 14, 2011) The Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open welcomes its latest round of sponsors and supporters: Portofino's Restaurant, Berlin; Big Steve's Grill, Plainville; The Oaks Club, New Britain. Thank you for your support!

Golden Kielbasa Featured in The Herald


(August 10, 2011) Retired Sports Editor Bart Fisher of The New Britain Herald, who now writes the newspaper's popular "Around Town" column which appears every Monday, recently headed his column with the story of the Golden Kielbasa Open, which includes insight into the event's quirky name. To read Bart's column, please click here.

Official News Release: GK 2011 to Take Place October 1, 2011


(August 9, 2011) To view or download a copy of the official news release announcing this year's Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, please click on the kielbasa logo to the left.