Images from GK 2013

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Below is just a small sampling of images from GK 2013. A complete, accessible archive of photos of individual foursomes is soon to come. We'd like to offer a special GK thank you to our 2013 photographers, John Atashian (, Mike Connolly (www.mikeconnolly.comand Diane Harrison. THANK YOU!

THE SIGN SAYS IT ALL: Stanley Golf Course in New Britain proudly announces its status as the home of GK 2013.
LOVE THOSE SPONSORS! Presenting Sponsor Farmington Bank led a bevy of sponsors large and small, all of whom were critical to the GK's success in 2013. THANK YOU!
IN CHARGE: Diane Harrison, left, and Head GK Girl Charlene Buden - and their cohorts - had things under control all day long at the GK. We couldn't pull this off without the GK Girls - thank you!
CHECKING IN: Nothing like starting off a great day on the course with a big smile from one of the GK Girls!
FARMINGTON BANK: Members of Presenting Sponsor Farmington Bank's group included, left to right, Bill Greger, Eric Schwab, Bob Ciraco and Dave Johndrow. Thanks for your support!
THE TOAST IS ON US! Bill Buden pours the traditional, ceremonial "toasts" of Wisniowka Polish cherry brandy prior to tee time.
NOW HEAR THIS: GK Founder and Tournament Director Dennis Buden offers a welcome to the players prior to hitting the links.
NEED A LIFT? GK golfer Dennis Brown, rear, is chauferred to his cart by Ed Kelly.
ALL SMILES: Members of the Manzi group are all smiles before first tee. Left to right, Tom Lomonaco, Captain Craig Manzi, Tim Labrie and Chris Athanas.
SWEET SWING: Lee Sirotnak puts it right down the middle (that's what Lee told us anyway).
WHEN THE CAT'S AWAY: Once the golfers hit the links, the GK Girls took time out for a little fun of their own. Left to right, Sandy Drivdahl, Judy Buden, Dee Harrison, Charlene Buden and Liz Howgate. Getting "man-handled" is honorary GK "Girl" Dan Gilbert.
GRAND ENTRANCE: Guest of honor Connie Nappier, Jr., center, is escorted to his table at the post-golf barbeque at the Poilish Falcons Nest #88 Picnic and Pavilion Grounds.
PLEASED TO MEET YOU: Farmington Bank's Eric Schwab takes time out to say hello to the guest of honor. Looking on are, sitting left, Eileen Hurst of the Veterans History Project at CCSU and, rear, GK Girl Liz Howgate.
HARD AT WORK: Chris Conlon of Smokin' with Chris is hard at work putting out a barbeque feast.
FEEDING THE MASSES: The Hardware City DAV's Dennis Taricani, foreground, mans the corn on the cob station as hungry golfers get their eats.
SWEET EATS: Sue McCarthy once again outdid herself, creating this beautiful cake saluting the GK, its Presenting Sponsor Farmington Bank and beneficiaries. Thanks, Sue!
PACKED HOUSE: The large gathering at the Falcons Pavilion looks on as ceremonies get underway.
PROUD AND HUMBLE: Honored guest Connie Nappier, Jr., pays close attention as speakers honor his service to our country.
MAKING IT OFFICIAL: New Britain Mayor Tim O'Brien honored Connie Nappier by presenting a proclamation from the City.
THE COMMISH: State of Connecticut VA Commissioner Linda Schwartz, soon headed for a federal post in Washington, took time out from her busy schedule to be on hand to honor Connier Nappier, Jr.

GUEST OF HONOR: Guest of honor Connie Nappier, Jr., takes his turn to say a few words, thank the crowd and spin a few tales. Said Connie, "It's a fine time to be allowed to stand here and get recognition for having served."

ORDER OF ST. MICHAEL: Members of the Army Aviation Association of America honored Connie Nappier with a prestigious award, making him an Honorary Knight of the Order of St. Michael.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD: To honor Mr. Nappier, the Hardware City DAV and Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open presented a $1,000 check from tournament proceeds in Mr. Nappier's name to the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation. Left to right, DAV Chapter 8 Commander Ron Pelletier, Connie Nappier, Jr., and Tournament Director Dennis Buden.

A FINE TIME: Connie Nappier is surrounded, appropriately, by family members at the end of a special evening.
THE BOUNTY: GK 2013 raised $10,000 for veterans causes. Celebrating the event's success at the Iwo Jima National Monument in Newington are, left to right: Jadwiga Panus, Vice President & Branch Manager (Broad Street, New Britain), Farmington Bank; Dennis Taricani, Service Officer, DAV Hardware City Chapter 8; Bill May, Chairman & Co-Founder, House of Heroes Connecticut; Kinson Perry, Area Manager, External & Legislative Affairs, AT&T Connecticut; Tom Flowers, Board Member, Friends of Fisher House Connecticut; Tim Perra, Vice President, Global Communications, Stanley Black & Decker; Ron Pelletier, Commander, DAV Hardware City Chapter 8; and Chris Traczyk, Vice President, Farmington Bank & Executive Director, Farmington Bank Community Foundation.