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ECSU Foundation Golf Tournament draws support for scholarships

Published on June 28, 2023

ECSU Foundation Golf Tournament draws support for scholarships

golfer tees off
Eastern supporters and corporate sponsors converge at Wethersfield Country Club for an overcast day of golf. 

The annual ECSU Foundation Golf Tournament on June 26 drew nearly 80 golfers to the Wethersfield Country Club for a day of golf that will support student scholarships, the Eastern Annual Fund and athletics.

This was the fourth year the event was held at the Wethersfield course, following 14 years at the Lake of Isles course in North Stonington. First place went to the Walmart team and second place to Presidio. Both companies were among the corporate sponsors, which also included lunch sponsors Barnes & Noble and Windham Pepsi, along with Presidio, and putting green sponsors Kell-Strom Tool, Walmart and Mohegan Sun.

"Wethersfield Country Club was a perfect venue, the course was in great shape and the rain held off, giving way to sun most of the day," said BJ Kito, chief strategy officer at Rebel Interactive Group, which had a foursome in the tournament.

Chartwells, which provides food service on the Eastern campus, was the dinner sponsor. Other longtime corporate sponsors of the tournament were TRC Environmental, CliftonLarsonAllen and Granite City Electric.

Golfers from the Rebel Interactive Group team

The Walmart team won first place.

The Eastern Facilities team

Over the past 18 years, the tournament has generated $1.3 million, said Ken DeLisa, Eastern vice president for institutional advancement. “Thanks to this event as well as the many alumni and friends who have started endowed scholarships, the ECSU Foundation granted a record $850,000 (in scholarships) in fiscal year 2022, the highest total ever awarded,” he said. 

“The growth in scholarship giving doesn’t happen without the support of the individuals and businesses represented in this tournament,” he said.

The Foundation support supplements the scholarship awards to students from the Connecticut State University Grant program.

"We were eager to participate and support the ECSU Foundation. As a partner supporting marketing and enrollment efforts, we see firsthand the passion and dedication the Eastern team has for the school, students, faculty, staff, alumni and all those that interact with the institution in some form," said Kito of Rebel.

Written by Lucinda Weiss

Categories: Foundation, Alumni, Athletics