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Stratford Golf Tourney Raises Funds For Three Prominent Charities

Representing this year's beneficiaries, from left, are Raymond Baldwin, Jr., Dianne Auger, Joseph Pagliaro, Jr., Rosemarie Esposito and Robert Lesko.
Representing this year's beneficiaries, from left, are Raymond Baldwin, Jr., Dianne Auger, Joseph Pagliaro, Jr., Rosemarie Esposito and Robert Lesko. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

STRATFORD, Conn. -- The 11th Annual DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament raised $33,000 for three charities.

The tournament, held recently at Oronoque Country Club in Stratford, was organized by the DiMatteo Group in Shelton. Supporters played a round of golf for the benefit of three local nonprofits.

The DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation split the $33,000 proceeds equally between the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley in Shelton, St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services in Trumbull, and St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound in Bridgeport.

The foundation was established by the DiMatteo Group 11 years ago as a tribute to Anthony “Tony” DiMatteo, their late father and company founder, who was battling cancer at the time.

“Our Family Foundation in conjunction with our Golf Tournament 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 $330,000 for various well-known local and national charities that fund research, education and finding a cure for diseases.”

Founded more than 56 years ago, the family-owned and operated business specializes in insurance, employee benefits, income tax and financial services. Giving back to the community is part of the company’s mission.

A committee of nearly 25 volunteers planned this annual golf tournament.

The foundation gave the following volunteers special recognition for volunteering more than five years: Shelton residents Lena DiMatteo, Rosemarie Esposito, Loretta Lesko, Robert Lesko, Natalie Lesko, Barbara Gelozin, Nancy Opitz, Karen Minopoli and Maureen Yash; Bethany residents John DiMatteo, Kim DiMatteo and Michael DiMatteo; Maria Rodrigues of Milford, Sue Doolan of Orange, Genie Tricarico of Seymour, and Debbie Bobela of Monroe.

Many area companies and business associates of DiMatteo Group contributed to the tournament as sponsors.

 “We are extremely grateful to all our friends, family and customers who have so generously contributed to our golf tournament," DiMatteo said. "This annual event is the major source of funding for our Family Foundation and we want to recognize the community’s ongoing support.”

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