UNICO tournament was successful fundraiser

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At left, Joy Marx, president of the Granby chapter, with current UNICO national president Dr. Frank DeFrank.

Thanks to its generous sponsors, volunteers and enthusiastic participants, the Granby UNICO Club, a service organization of Italian-Americans, raised more than $12,000 for this year’s scholarship fund and “Secret Santa” project to assist needy families in the Granby community.

Played on Sept. 11 at the Tunxis Country Club, UNICO’s 14th annual charity tournament attracted 94 players in a scramble format. UNICO National President Dr. Frank DeFrank attended from Pennsylvania and former National President Tom Vaughan came from Wethersfield. Gold sponsor was State Line Propane and Oil, which provided golf umbrellas to each player and also sponsored the carts.

Other sponsors included Liberty Bank (Bronze), Four Dads Pub (dinner), Antonucci Electric (10K Hole-in-One), Graham Construction (drink tickets), Murphy, Laudati, Kiel and Rattigan (reception), Landmark Tours and Cruises (driving range), Carmon Funeral Home (putting green), Dick and Mary Briggs (lunch).

Other hole-in-one contests were sponsored by Arrow Concrete, Duncaster and Mark Laudati. Tee sign sponsors included Metric Financial, Granby Family Eye Care, Route 10 Tire, Tom Fredo Home Builder, Schoenrock/Baranowski Financial, Granby Dental Center, Fauteux Construction, Control Aire, Dei Dolori Painting, Zen Restaurant Group, Dante Boffi Designs, Northwest Community Bank, Beacon Mechanical, Steve Tutulo, Law office of Gregory Goodstein, Tom Caputi and Joan Israelson, Mario Giovanucci and Budget Printers.

Live auction contributors include Granby artist (and UNICO Chapter President) Joy Marx, Bob Beaudoin of The Travelers, Farmington Valley Y and John French (Suffield Country Club). 

Tournament chairman Bob Marx wishes to also thank the many volunteers, raffle prize donators and players for another successful charity event. UNICO is the nation’s largest Italian-American service organization and the Granby Chapter was chartered in 2003. Any Granby resident of Italian ancestry (or their spouse) is welcomed to join the organization. For further information, please contact Joy Marx at 413-977-6306.

The Gold sponsorship team from State Line Propane and Oil included, from left, owner Brian Guarco (currently UNICO’s eastern regional district governor), Steve Vaughan (past UNICO national president), Kirk Severance (Granby’s director of public works) and Mario Giovanucci (past UNICO district governor). Submitted photos