2016 News

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GK 2016 Raises Record $25,000 for Veterans
(November 3, 2016) Now eight years into its mission of raising funds for Connecticut veterans, the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open keeps growing and growing. Further cementing its place as the largest veterans charity golf event in Connecticut, some 185 golfers and more than 250 dinner guests turned out at Tunxis Plantation Country Club in Farmington on September 29, helping the Disabled American Veterans, Hardware City Chapter 8 raise a recorded $25,000 for Connecticut veterans. Beneficiaries include the DAV, House of Heroes Connecticut and Friends of Fisher House Connecticut. Click here to read the full news release.     
State VA Commissioner Connolly to Attend GK
(August 29, 2016) The Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open's growth and impact are gaining notice among the state's most prominent veterans affairs leaders. DAV Chapter 8 is proud to announce that State of Connecticut Veterans Affairs Commissioner Sean Connolly will be our special guest at Tunxis Plantation on Thursday, September 29. Since assuming his position in March, 2015, Connolly has quickly established a reputation as an effective, energetic and accessible leader for both veterans themselves and the issues they face. Connolly, an East Hartford native and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, has a long history of service to vets and in addition to his role as Commissioner, currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve 655th Regional Support Group at Westover Air Reserve Base. Click here to read the full news release. Welcome Commissioner Connolly!   
A Chat with Farmington Bank's John Patrick
(August 29, 2016) Farmington Bank has been the Presenting Sponsor of the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open since 2012. The bank's support of this important event has helped the "GK" grow and prosper, becoming the premier veterans charity golf event in Connecticut. But sponsorship of the Golden Kielbasa is only one way the bank gives back; the GK recently sat with Farmington Bank Chairman, President and CEO John Patrick to discuss the bank's commitment to its community and Connecticut veterans. Click here to read the interview.
Creed Law, New Britain Bees Latest Sponsors
(August 29, 2016) The Creed Law Firm of Bristol and the New Britain Bees are the latest major sponsors of the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open! Creed Law, founded by Attorney Kevin Creed, a retired United States Army officer with more than 24 years of active duty experience, is a long-time supporter of veterans causes and the driving force behind the Friends of Fisher House Connecticut. The New Britain Bees, enjoying a successful inaugural season at New Britain Stadium, have been an active supporter of community causes in the region since coming to Connecticut and as part of their support of the GK, will be donating season tickets for four and a game-day suite for the 2017 season to the event raffle. They join returning sponsors Stanley Black & Decker, Tomasso Group, Okay Industries, Whitson's School Nutrition, Bourdon Forge, Gaffney Bennett and Associates and William and Donna Rutola as major supporters of Connecticut's premier veterans charity golf outing. Welcome and thanks to all! 
Frontier, Atlantic Restoration Join GK Team
(July 29, 2016) Frontier Communications and Atlantic Restoration & Remodeling Group are the latest major sponsors to join the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open. Frontier, back for its second year as a Gold Sponsor, offers a variety of services over its fiber-optic and copper networks including video, high-speed internet, advanced voice and digital protection solutions. The company employs more than 28,000 workers in 29 states and is one of the nation's most committed employers of veterans; in 2015, Frontier was named a Top Military Friendly Employer by Victory Media and Most Valuable Employer for Military Winners by GI Jobs. Atlantic Restoration is a first-time event sponsor and joins the GK team at the Platinum level. The company is a family-owned, full-service remodeling, remediation and restoration business servicing Connecticut and beyond, and is focused on high-quality personal service and intervention when disaster strikes. Welcome to both and thank you for your support!  
Vietnam Vets Medal Ceremony October 18
(July 29, 2016) The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs and the Veterans History Project at CCSU are coordinating a major event in October to honor Connecticut Vietnam Era veterans - and all veterans. All eligible veterans are invited to be awarded the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal at a free open house and medal ceremony at the Rocky Hill campus of the Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, October 18. The event starts at 2 p.m., with gates opening at 1 p.m. Connecticut established this medal as a way to honor all Connecticut military service veterans who served in time of war. Veterans already in possession of the medal are invited to take part and be honored. Space is limited and tickets (complimentary) are required. For medal eligibility, application, complimentary tickets and further event information, visit www.ccsu.edu/vietnam or call 860-832-2976.
GK 2016 to Honor Decorated Bristol Vietnam Vet
(July 15, 2016) Over the years, the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open has had no shortage of valor in the room as DAV Chapter 8 has honored veterans of most every generation, from World War II to the war in Afghanistan. In 2016 our first Vietnam veteran is being honored. Be sure to join us on Thursday, September 29, at the 8th Annual Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open as upwards of 200 golfers and an entire community of veterans supporters not only raise important funds for terrific veterans causes, but also honor decorated Bristol Vietnam veteran John Hogan. If you want to know about John, all you have to do is listen to one of his closest friends, former Plainville athletic great and Vietnam combat vet Earle Jackson: "John's story reads like an Audie Murphy movie," says Jackson. Register today for the Golden Kielbasa and ensure your place at this not-to-be-missed event, which again benefits the DAV, House of Heroes and Fisher House Connecticut.

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here to read John Hogan's story.