2018 Tournament Committee

Dennis Buden
Founder & Tournament Director
Though not a veteran himself, Dennis Buden has discovered the meaning of service since his founding of the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open in 2009. Dennis’ volunteer work with the DAV, House of Heroes Connecticut and other veterans organizations has enlightened him to the dedication and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes, and has inspired him to serve those who have served us. A New Britain native and dedicated Hardware City advocate, Dennis has spent more than 30 years in communications, a career that has taken him from frozen press boxes at high school football games, to managing PR for the National Hockey League, to high-profile lobbying efforts at the State Capitol, to advising small non-profits and large corporations alike on communications and marketing strategy at his firm, Dennis Buden Public Relations, LLC (DBPR). Dennis may be able to handle a reporter’s question with ease, but he still can’t eliminate his slice off the tee. Contact Dennis at dennis@goldenkielbasa.org or (860) 558-0514.
Angelo D'Alfonso
Golf Chair
Angelo D’Alfonso is a lifelong New Britain advocate who has spent his entire 40-plus year career serving the City and its business community. A key member of the team at the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce for many years, Angelo has served as a commissioner, board member or corporator of various local organizations including the Mattabassett District, Boys and Girls Club of New Britain, City of New Britain Parks and Recreation Department, Hospital of Central Connecticut and the New Britain Police Athletic League. A U.S. Army and Vietnam vet, and life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Angelo’s commitment to his community and veterans causes is exceeded only by his outstanding short game. Contact Angelo at jagad96@yahoo.com or (860) 916-0746.
Kinson Perry
Sponsor Chair
Though born in New Haven and raised in northeastern Connecticut, Kinson Perry’s professional life has been centered in New Britain and Central Connecticut for more than two decades. Before retirement in 2014, Kinson was an area manager of external and legislative affairs for SNET/SBC/AT&T for 34 years, overseeing regional issues for the company at the state and municipal level. He was an active member of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce and instrumental in his company’s charitable giving programs. Kinson actively supported AT&T Vets and its predecessor, SNET Vets. Kinson has a keen appreciation for veterans: His Dad served in the Italian Theater during World War II, and his uncle was an Army Air Corps tail gunner who was once shot down over Nazi-occupied France. Kinson enjoys outdoor recreation, travel, ancient history and the blues, which dovetails neatly with his occasional distress on the links. Contact Kinson at kbperry@sbcglobal.net or (860) 884-0129.
Dennis Taricani
Commander, DAV Chapter 8
Charitable Impact Chair
Dennis Taricani was born and raised in the Hardware City and is a combat veteran of Vietnam, where he served with the U.S. Marines in the First Marine Division. For his service to his country, Dennis earned the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device, the Cross of Gallantry, the Combat Action Ribbon and a Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation. Following his service, he went on to a distinguished 35-year career as a business educator in the New Britain public school system – including three years on leave of absence teaching in Bangkok, Thailand – and earned an Outstanding Teacher Award along the way. During his time as an educator, Dennis was active with the New Britain Federation of Teachers as a building representative and union treasurer, and was chief negotiator for two union contracts. A passionate world traveler, Dennis has visited 30 countries on six continents. In addition to his life membership in the DAV, Dennis is a member of the American Legion, the Marine Corps League and VFW Post 511, and he was honored as New Britain’s Marine of the Year in 1993. Contact Dennis at d.taricani@comcast.net or (860) 729-5538.
Rob Buden
Finance Chair
Rob Buden has long had a healthy degree of reverance for those who serve, dating back to his birth in Anchorage, Alaska during his father’s service to the country in the U.S. Air Force at Elmendorf Air Force Base. Rob is also ingrained in the notion of “community,” thanks to a long career in municipal finance and public accounting (he is currently Director of Finance for the Town of Plainville, a positon he has held for eight years). He holds a bachelor’s degree from CCSU and a master’s of accounting degree from the University of Hartford, and manages a successful tax preparation business in addition to his day job. Rob’s combination of financial acumen and respect for veterans makes him well-suited for the task of managing the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open’s day-to-day books. “It is a pleasure and privilege to be associated with this great event,” he says.
Charlene Buden
Volunteers Chair
Selflessly tending to the needs of others has been Charlene Buden’s calling in life. Born and raised in Windsor, Charlene has been a dedicated nurse for more than 30 years, healing, comforting and befriending countless patients and family members along the way. Her impact has not gone unnoticed: In 2014, Charlene’s peers bestowed upon her Connecticut’s highest nursing award, the NIghtingale Award for Nursing Excellence. Char takes great pride in coordinating and managing the volunteer crew of “GK” Girls every year at the Golden Kielbasa, and does so to honor the memory of her Dad, a World War II Army medic who did the dirty work on the beaches of Normandy following the D-Day invasion.