Local golfers swing for DiMatteo Family Foundation

Nearly 126 area golfers played the links at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford to support four area charities at the 8th annual DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament.

The tourney has raised more than $30,000 for the following non-profits: the American Heart Association in Wallingford, St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound in Bridgeport, Spooner House in Shelton and Homes for the Brave Female Soldiers/Forgotten Heroes in Bridgeport.

The foundation was established by the DiMatteo Group in Shelton, as a tribute to Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo, their late father who was battling cancer at the time.

“Our Family Foundation is committed to funding research, education and finding a cure for diseases that have touched the lives of our friends, families, clients and staff,” said John DiMatteo, President of the DiMatteo Group.

“We are proud to have raised more than $225,000 for various well-known local and national charities.”

Founded over 53 years ago, this family-owned and operated business specializes in insurance, employee benefits, income tax and financial services.

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 of North Haven, Eastern Economic Recycling, LLC of Waterbury and the DiMatteo Group.

At the silver sponsor level, the sponsors were: Bella Pietra of Darien, Preferred Tool and Die, Inc. and Preferred Precision, both of Shelton, Liberty Mutual of Rocky Hill and Fairway Payments of Alexandria, Virginia.

In addition, for the past eight years, Steve Geremia from Safelite AutoGlass of Bridgeport annually organizes 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.

John DiMatteo said, “Year after year we are thankful to all our many friends, family members and customers who have so generously supported our golf tournament. This annual event is the major source of funding for our family foundation. We are fortunate to give back to four non-profits that do so much good for the community.”

Some of the other charities the foundation has supported in the past include: Project Purple, National Kidney Foundation, St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services and The Kennedy Center and Juvenile Diabetes Association.

“We have successfully transitioned the business from our parent and founders to the second generation with three siblings and two spouses, each of whom manages a key department,” DiMatteo said.

Three siblings serve as officers of the company. John specializes in financial planning and works with his wife, Kim DiMatteo of Bethany, a partner in the business.

Loretta Lesko of Shelton, the second youngest sibling, serves as vice president, and is in charge of operations, while her husband Robert Lesko is a partner.

In addition, Rosemarie Esposito of Shelton, the eldest sibling, is the agency’s treasurer, an enrolled agent and manages DiMatteo Group – Tax & Accounting Services LLC.

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