STAR Inc. Hosts Golf Tournament to Benefit People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The Piscitell family

STAR’s fourth annual Golf Tournament will be an 18-hole best ball scramble with a shotgun start on Monday, Oct. 19 at the Connecticut Golf Club, 915 Black Rock Turnpike, Easton. Join STAR to support our neighbors with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) for this renowned and challenging course.

The event will feature prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive, putting contest, beat the pro and team low gross along with a silent auction featuring unique golf experiences and memorabilia. Golf will play from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lunch on the turn and an all-day open bar followed by drinks, dinner and awards from 4 to 7 p.m. Non-golfers and family members are welcome to join golfers for dinner, awards and free practice time on the driving range.

Tickets for golf and dinner/awards can be purchased online at http://www.starct.org. The event is open to the public and the club ensures extensive COVID-19-aware safety protocols. For sponsorship opportunities visit starct.org or contact Peter Saverine, director of philanthropy, 203- 846-9581 x302 or psaverine@starct.org.

Katie Banzhaf, STAR’s executive director, is pleased to see the event take place after the forced cancellation of several traditional STAR fundraising events due to pandemic concerns.

“We are happy to have this event in a year when so many of our other large fundraisers have been canceled due to COVID,” she said. “We had an excellent turn out last year with a sell-out crowd of golfers who were joined by an equal number of family members and friends for the dinner. This is our first year at the Connecticut Golf Club thanks to our gracious hosts, the Piscitell Family. We are looking forward to spending a day outdoors golfing and relaxing in the club’s idyllic setting.”

Tickets to golf are $500 per person, $1,500 per foursome. Family members/non-players are welcome to join afterward for the drinks, dinner, awards and free time on the driving range for $100 per person. All proceeds benefit STAR Inc., Lighting the Way’s programs and services for infants, children, and adults impacted by I/DD in lower Fairfield County towns including Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, Wilton, Stamford, Greenwich and Fairfield.

STAR is grateful to its sponsors. Early bird business sponsors include Active Dog, Bartlett Tree Experts, CCS Fundraising, Country Convenience, De Nardis Engineering, LLC, Leigh Overland Architects, M&T Bank, Paul’s Prosperous Printing and Right at Home.

STAR was established in 1952 by parents who believed that children with intellectual and developmental disabilities were entitled to the same basic opportunities as other children. Today, STAR Inc., Lighting the Way is a not-for-profit organization that has grown to include a full array of services for over 600 individuals with disabilities, from birth to their senior years and their families.

STAR’s mission is to create opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. They inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals. Services include early childhood intervention services for infants to eight-year-olds, family support services; job assessment and training; recreation and leisure activities; and support to adults in group homes and apartments.

For more information about STAR Inc., Lighting the Way, visit starct.org.

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