Junior golfer wins Kennedy Center scholarship

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Danielle Koterbay of Shelton and Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center.

Twenty-three junior golfers from 14 communities throughout the state were awarded scholarships at The Kennedy Center’s 24th Annual Charity Golf Classic.

Martin D. Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center, presented Danielle Koterbay of Shelton, a student at Lauralton Hall, with a scholarship at Aspetuck Valley Country Club in Weston. This tournament raised over $38,000 for underfunded programs provided by The Kennedy Center for people with disabilities.

Nearly 100 golfers swung their clubs for charity in one of the only tournaments in the state where junior golfers play with an adult foursome. Selection is based upon academic achievement, school and community leadership, and golf proficiency.

Since its inception, the tournament has contributed over $606,000 for the benefit of children and adults with disabilities in the community to live a productive and fulfilling life.

The title sponsors of the tournament were the families of Diane Thompson of Sandy Hook and Julie and Doug Conley of Olney (Md.) in memory of Fred and Fran Ahlbin. Other generous sponsors included: ProAm sponsor Merit Insurance of Shelton, Championship Sponsors Pete and Carla Gavey of Fairfield, Invitational sponsors Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Donahue & Brown, LLC of Fairfield, Hi-Ho Petroleum in Bridgeport and The Hartford Insurance, and Golf Ball sponsor GE Capital.

Junior golfers, aged 15 through 18, played for free in this scramble-format, 18-hole classic.

In total, nearly 500 junior golfers from Connecticut have received more than $230,000 in scholarship money.

Co-chairs of the successful golf classic were Trumbull residents Stephen Donahue and Sean Carroll. The Probus Club also provided invaluable volunteer support.

“This Greater Bridgeport civic organization assists organizations that serve people with disabilities and has a proud heritage of helping The Kennedy Center for over two decades,” said Schwartz, President and CEO of The Kennedy Center.

About the Kennedy Center

The Kennedy Center, founded in 1951, an internationally accredited, non-profit, community-based rehabilitation organization that currently serves 2,400 individuals annually. The agency actively responds to the needs of the community by offering innovative, comprehensive service options to persons with disabilities and special needs, from birth to senior years. The Kennedy Center operates 29 community experience programs, 16 group homes, an industries program composed of six businesses, supported and competitive employment and job placement services, a family support and respite service, travel training, and a variety of children’s programs. Visit thekennedycenterinc.org for more information.

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