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Golden Kielbasa Raises $10,000 for Local Vets
(October 1, 2013) With nearly 200 guests looking on, Tuskegee Airman Connie Nappier, Jr., surveyed the crowd that had gathered to honor him and quietly stated, "it's a fine time to be allowed to stand here and get recognition for having served." Mr. Nappier's understatement of the day beautifully captured the mood of yet another enormously successful Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open. The 5th annual event on Friday, September 27 in New Britain raised another $10,000 for Central Connecticut vets and again firmly solidified its place as the region's No. 1 veterans charity golf event. Click here to read the official wrap-up news release, and click here to read the New Britain Herald front page story about this special event.
GK Tournament Director on WDRC
(September 26, 2013) Just two days before the big day, Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open Founder and Tournament Director Dennis Buden was a guest on WDRC AM's The Mary Jones Show. It was a fine opportunity for the popular Jones, a New Britain native and long-time supporter of veterans causes, to share with her audience information about the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open and its plans to raise money for vets and honor Tuskegee Airman and New Britain resident Connie Nappier, Jr. Click here to listen to Dennis' interview.
GK Ceremonies Finalized; Weather Notice
(September 17, 2013) As the ceremonies for the post-golf festivities at the September 27 Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open are finalized, golfers are reminded about our weather policy: The tournament goes on even in the event of rain. So long as the course remains open, we are committed to play, and only in the event of weather conditions that would cause Stanley Golf Course officials to deem the course unplayable would this event be postponed. As for our post-golf ceremonies honoring Tuskegee Airman Connie Nappier, Jr., the details have been finalized. In addition to New Britain Mayor Tim O'Brien and State VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz, the ceremonies will feature an introduction of Mr. Nappier by the director of the Veteran's History Project at CCSU, Eileen Hurst, and a special presentation by the Army Aviators Association of America, Connecticut Chapter. Please visit our Barbeque & Ceremonies page for a complete schedule and details.   
All Aboard the GK Train!
(September 17, 2013) The momentum building toward the GK on September 27 has been palpable the last few weeks, with numerous supporters and sponsors climbing aboard the GK train to make this event special. Here are the latest friends and supporters to provide sponsorship support or event assistance: Ali's Nursery, Plantsville; Aqua Turf, Southington; Army Aviation Association of America, Connecticut Chapter; Army Strong Community Center, Bristol; John Atashian Photography, Southington; Avery's Beverages, New Britain; Bourdon Forge, Middletown; Burritt Hill Funeral Home, New Britain; CCSU Veterans History Project, New Britain; Chris Cote's Golf Shop, Portland; Mike Connolly Sound Productions, Southington; Elks Lodge #957, New Britain; Franco American War Vets, New Britain; Hunt, Leibert & Jacobson, Hartford; Quartette Club, New Britain; Main Street Package Store, Berlin; Maizey's Market, Farmington; Sir Speedy Printing, New  Britain; Spartans Veterans AC, Kensington; Suburban Women's Club of New Britain; VFW Post 511, New Britain; Zarella Farms, Plainville; and members of the Zuk family. And of course, a final pre-event thank you to our original barbeque sponsors, Smokin' with Chris and Martin Rosol's. Please take a look at all of our dozens of sponsors and supporters - this can't happen without you. THANK YOU!
GK On the Avenue!
(September 17, 2013) Well, it must be official now. Passersby on Farmington Avenue in New Britain these days can't help but notice the large, promotional sign at the entry to the Polish Falcons Nest #88 Pavilion and Picnic Grounds - otherwise known as "Falcons Field" - announcing the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open on Friday, September 27. Yes, the event is a GO! 
VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz to Attend GK
(September 9, 2013) Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Spoonster Schwartz, nominated just last month by President Barack Obama to become the next U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Policy and Planning, will be a special guest and take part in ceremonies honoring Tuskegee Airman Connie Nappier, Jr., at the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open on September 27. Commissioner Schwartz, who is awaiting scheduling of her U.S. Senate confirmation hearing, has been State Commissioner since 2003 and a prominent and vocal advocate and activist for veterans her entire career. Her perspectives as a former Air Force nurse and veteran have earned her the respect and trust of veterans, Congressional leaders and government officials alike. Commissioner Schwartz, who served as a reservist and on active duty for 20 years, retired in 1986 after sustaining injuries in an aircraft accident while serving as a USAF Flight Nurse. She holds the rank of Colonel on Governor Malloy's Military Staff. Welcome Commissioner Schwartz! Click here to read the full news release. (photo credit: Peter Hvizdak, New Haven Register).
More Sponsors Join GK to Support Veterans
(September 7, 2013)  The Paul A. Shaker/Farmingdale Funeral Home of New Britain, a long-time friend of veterans and the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, heads a list of several new sponsors to join the Golden Kielbasa family. Also returning are Ericson, Scalise & Mangan, P.C. and The Dugout Cafe, New Britain's favorite watering hole. Thank you to all of our sponsors for your support of Central Connecticut veterans and the GK!
Roundup: GK in the News, Nappier Ceremonies, New Sponsors
(August 29, 2013) GK 2013's plans to honor Tuskegee Airman Connie Nappier, Jr., of New Britain in ceremonies following the golf tournament on September 27 was featured recently in a news article in The Hartford Courant, and is currently featured on the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., national website. Speaking of Connie Nappier, the ceremonies honoring him are shaping us as well; New Britain Mayor Tim O'Brien will present a proclamation honoring Connie and saluting his service to the country, and the New Britain Senior High School Junior ROTC Color Guard will take part. Further plans are being made for this very special occasion. On the sponsorship front, GK 2013 is proud to welcome aboard new sponsors St. Jean's Baptiste Society of New Britain, D&H Electrical and Buden Tax Consulting. Thank you for your support!
Rock Cats Place Spotlight on GK Charities
(August 28, 2013) This Labor Day weekend, two featured charities of the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open will be in the spotlight in New Britain one month before they take center stage at the golf tournament. On Friday, August 30, House of Heroes Connecticut will be honored in pre-game ceremonies prior to the Rock Cats' tilt with the Reading Phillies. Volunteers who renovated deserving veterans' homes in the Greater New Britain area this past spring will also be saluted and treated to a picnic at the game, courtesy of the Rock Cats and Center Plate. On Sunday evening, it's Friends of Fisher House Connecticut's turn as its Yankee Harley for Veterans Charity Motorcycle Ride throughout Connecticut concludes right at the ballpark prior to the game with a motorcyle parade around the field. There will be a pre-game ceremony, volunteers will staff concession stands for the cause and a 2013 Harley Street Glide will be raffled off. To purchase tickets for these special ballpark events, click here. To learn more about House of Heroes Connecticut and Friends of Fisher House Connecticut, click here.    
GK to Honor Tuskegee Airman Connie Nappier
(August 12, 2013) Three years ago the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open established a tradition of honoring a Central Connecticut-area veteran who had served our country with distinction. In 2011, five Greatest Generation vets - all from New Britain and in their 90s - were honored. Last year, New Britain's Manny Jimenez, who was severely wounded in Afghanistan in 2010, was the honoree. This year the GK and its host, DAV Hardware City Chapter 8, will honor New Britain's own Connie Nappier, Jr. Connie was an original Tuskegee Airman in World War II, and in 2007 he was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal for his service and sacrifice. Click here to read the full news release and click here to read about Connie Nappier.
Hospital of Central Connecticut, Tomasso Group Go Gold to Support Area Veterans
(August 12, 2013) The Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open continues to surge forward toward September 27, gaining sponsors, players and momentum as it gears up to raise important funds for veterans causes. The latest corporate friends to join the GK party are venerable New Britain icons the Hospital of Central Connecticut and The Tomasso Group, which recently came on board as Gold Sponsors. Along with its Bradley Memorial campus in Southington, THOCC is a 414-bed, 32-bassinet acute-care community teaching hospital that employs some 3,000 people, including more than 500 physicians. The Tomasso Group is the outgrowth of the Angelo Tomasso Construction Company, incorporated in 1923. From its roots and continuing to 1998 when the company became affiliated with CRH of Dublin, Ireland the primary focus of the company was in the construction industry. There is nary a major construction project in the region over the last half century and more that hasn't been touched by Tomasso. The Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open is proud to have the Hospital of Central Connecticut and The Tomasso Group as Gold sponsors - thank you for your support! 
Stanley Black & Decker, Okay Join GK Field

(July 2, 2013) New Britain-based companies Stanley Black & Decker and Okay Industries have hopped aboard the GK train, lending their support as sponsors of the area's most renowned veterans' charity golf event.


As a Platinum Sponsor, Stanley Black & Decker is giving back to a cause in the very community in which Frederick Stanley first started making hand tools in 1843. For decades, the company has employed thousands of proud veterans in its shops and factories, and it is proud to support these patriots who have given so much to our country.


Okay Industries is back for its second consecutive year as a Gold Sponsor. For the past century, Okay has employed thousands of New Britain-area veterans and has long been a valued supporter of community and charitable causes in the area. The company produces specialty metal stampings, automated mechanical and welded assemblies, and surgical equipment for the medical, automotive, aerospace, defense and other industries.


Thanks to Stanley Black & Decker and Okay Industries for your support!

AT&T Back Once Again as Platinum Sponsor

(June 20, 2013) Telecommunications giant AT&T has once again demonstrated its support for veterans and the local communities and customers it serves by coming on board for the second consecutive year as a Platinum Sponsor of the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open. AT&T is one of the world's leading providers of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services, a leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, and offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier. Here in the Hartford area through the first half of 2012, the company has invested nearly $130 million in its wireless and wired networks to deliver superior 4G service and the best possible mobile Internet experience. The GK and Central Connecticut vets thank AT&T for its ongoing support!

Official News Release: Area's Largest Veterans Charity Golf Event Slated for September 27
(April 29, 2013) The fifth annual Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open, which over the past four years has established itself as Central Connecticut's largest and most renowned veterans charity golf event, will take place on Friday, September 27, at Stanley Golf Course in New Britain. Farmington Bank will return for the second consecutive year as Presenting Sponsor for the event, hosted by and for the benefit of Hardware City Chapter 8 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and its chosen causes serving Central Connecticut vets and beyond. Click here to read or download the full news release.