DiMatteo Family golf tournament a success

. Nearly 123 area golfers played a round of golf at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford and at the same time  supported three local charities.

The Foundation raised more than $26,000 for three vital non-profits: the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services in Ansonia, the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley in Shelton, and Spooner House in Shelton.

The foundation was established by the DiMatteo Group in Shelton. This spirit of philanthropy resulted in the creation of the DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation 10 years ago and the annual golf tournament.The foundation was started as a tribute to Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo, their late father who was battling cancer at the time.

“Our Family Foundation is committed to supporting various organizations that have made a difference in the lives of our family, clients and staff,” said John DiMatteo, President of the DiMatteo Group. “Since its inception over a decade ago, we have contributed over $300,000 for various well-known local and national charities that fund research, education and finding a cure for diseases.”

A committee of nearly 30 volunteers plans this annual golf tournament. The following volunteers deserve special recognition for volunteering more than five years: Shelton residents Barbara Gelozin, Nancy Opitz, Karen Minopoli and Maureen Yash; Milford residents Maria Rodrigues and Jenine Motasky; Christine Libby of Ansonia, Anthony DiMatteo of Bethany, Sue Doolan of Orange and Genie Tricarico of Seymour.

Many area companies and business associates of DiMatteo Group contributed to the tournament as sponsors. Top gold sponsors included: the Southern New England Regional Office of The Hartford, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Fairway Payments and the DiMatteo Group. At the silver sponsor level, the following generous sponsors were: Preferred Tool and Die, Inc. of Shelton and the Homebuilders Association of Hartford County.

In addition, for the past 10 years, Steve Geremia from Safelite AutoGlass in Bridgeport organized a "Hit the Windshield" putting contest on the day of the tournament and donates the prize and the proceeds. Other major donors were Park City Ford of Bridgeport for the hole-in-one and signs by Think Link, LLC of Shelton.

DiMatteo added, “We are extremely grateful to all our many friends, family members and customers who have so generously contributed to our golf tournament year after year. This annual event is the major source of funding for our family foundation and we depend on the ongoing support of the community. This year we are proud to  touch the lives of others in need.”

Some of the past beneficiaries of the golf tournament have included: Project Purple, National Kidney Foundation, St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services, The Kennedy Center, Juvenile Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound, Homes for the Brave Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes and MovingWithHOPE.