Images from GK 2014

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Below is just a small sampling of images from GK 2014. We'd like to offer a special GK thank you to our 2014 photographer John Atashian (www.manwithcamera.com). THANK YOU!

READY FOR ACTION: DAV Hardware City Chapter 8 officers, from left, Dennis Taricani, John Taricani, Ron Pelletier and Bob Nowik are ready to go prior to the start of the 2014 Golden Kielbasa at Tunxis Plantation.
SPONSOR CITY: The Golden Kielbasa does not happen without the support of our sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor Farmington Bank, and Platinum Sponsors Stanley Black & Decker and The Starlight Program at Stonington Institute.
INSPIRATION: GK Founder & Tournament Director Dennis Buden, ahem, "inspects" the goods prior to the GK's traditional toast of Wisniowka Polish cherry brandy prior to tee time.
PALS: GK 2014 Golf Chairman Angelo D'Alfonso, left, and his partner, Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce Business Development Director Bill Carroll, dodge the drizzle prior to GK 2014. The rain stopped just as tee time arrived.
NAZDROWIE! The table offering golfers the traditional "best wishes" toast prior to GK 2014 was a popular place.
HOUSE OF HEROES: House of Heroes Connecticut Co-Chairmen Steve Cavanaugh, left, and Bill May prepare to hit the links.
SINGING AMERICA'S PRAISES: 12-year-old Megan McDaniel of East Hampton, daughter of Connecticut National Guard Cpt. Jeff McDaniel and U.S. Army veteran Dawn McDaniel, was the hit of the day singing the National Anthem.
WAY TO GO! Megan McDaniel receives a thank you bouquet from GK Volunteer Chair Charlene Buden. Great job, Megan!
PROUD PARENTS: GK Tournament Director Dennis Buden, left, joins the McDaniel family, Jeff, Dawn and daughter Megan, after her rendition of the National Anthem.
REAL STARS: The backbone of the Golden Kielbasa year-after-year is its great team of volunteers, the "GK Girls."  Front row, left to right: Liz Howgate, Carol Gilbert, Linda Rec and Judy Buden. Rear, left to right: Sheila Gasper, Dee Harrison, Sandy Drivdahl, Charlene Buden and Barbara Nowik.
OFF WE GO: Farmington Bank's Dave Johndrow, left, and Bill Greger head out to the course.
A GOOD TIME IS IN STORE: The AT&T Pioneers team is ready to rock & roll!
FINE FORM: Tom Jensen displays the form that once proved so useful on the baseball diamond as a member of the 1973 PAL New Britain Champion D&L Bears. That was a long time ago, my friend and teammate! 
NOW WE'RE COOKIN! And just what would the Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open be without some steamin' Martin Rosol kielbasa sandwiches out on the course? Now that's livin' large!
WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT: Images of GK 2014 Honored Veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor Ed Riccio, Jr., grace the cover of the GK 2014 program.
BRANDING: Just two letters - G and K. 'Nuff said.
SMILING FACES: U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Linda Schwartz, left, is joined by DAV Chapter 8 Commander Ron Pelletier and New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart.
MR. & MRS. GK: Tournament Director Dennis Buden and his wife Charlene. Thanks, Char!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE: Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne olffers his best wishes to GK Honoree Ed Riccio, Jr.

FIRST FAMILY: GK Honoree Ed Riccio, Jr., is joined by his family prior to ceremonies honoring his service to America.

MAN OF THE HOUR: Ed Riccio, Jr., receives a thunderous round of applause as he is introduced as GK 2014 Honoree.

THANK YOU: GK 2014 Honored Veteran Ed Riccio, Jr.

SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF: GK Honoree Ed Riccio, Jr., is presented with a framed collage of his personal World War II photographs by Tournament Director Dennis Buden, DAV Chapter 8 Service Officer Dennis Taricani and DAV Chapter 8 Commander Ron Pelletier.
REVERANCE: The framing presented to GK 2014 Honoree Ed Riccio, Jr., included photographs of his World War II exploits superimposed over the opening lines of President Franklin Roosevelt's address to Congress on December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor. The plaque reads:

MAJ. ED RICCIO, JR., U.S. ARMY AIR CORPS, 1940-1946
A CONNECTICUT SON. AN AMERICAN LEGEND.
DAV CHAPTER 8 THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE (OCTOBER 2, 2014)  
THE SPOILS:  The 2014 Golden Kielbasa Veterans Open raised $16,500 for Connecticut veterans. Left to right, DAV Chapter 8 Service Officer Dennis Taricani; Tournament Founder and Director Dennis Buden; Kate Lanesey of Friends of Fisher House Connecticut; Farmington Bank Vice President and Broad Street, New Britain Branch Manager Jadwiga Panus; Farmington Bank Community Foundation Executive Director Chris Traczyk; House of Heroes Connecticut Co-Chairman Bill May; Stonington Institute CEO Bill Aniskovich; and DAV Chapter 8 Commander Ron Pelletier.