Long Woods, Crisp Irons, Smooth Putts Net $200K for Anne Capano Foundation

(l-r) Ken Capano Sr., Red Sox Hall of Famer Fred Lynn, N.Y. Hall of Famer Goose Gosage, Scott Capano, Owner, Harp & Dragon, and Ken Capano Jr. rally for group photo after the game

by John Stratton

If you are going to do a good thing, you might as well have fun doing it. If the good thing nets $200,000 for an eminent charitable foundation which distributes vital aid to dozens of community nonprofits that make the region a better place…it's a very good thing.

In this case, a round of golf on the rolling fairways of Fox Hopyard course in East Haddam– along with baseball celebrities Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox and Goose Gosage of the New York Yankees–put both charity and a good time together.

The occasion was the Fourth Annual Golf Classic to benefit the Anne Capano Charitable Foundation for Giving, established by brothers Ken Capano, Jr., and Scott T. Capano to honor their late sister, Anne, and also recognize their parents, Ken Sr. and Jean, owners of the ShopRite chain of regional supermarkets.

Golfers enjoyed the immaculate links of the Fox Hopyard club on the afternoon of July 31, followed by a full-on banquet at the Harp and Dragon Pub, owned, not coincidentally, by the two Capano brothers.

(l-r) Norwich Fire Captain Keith Wucik with N.Y. Yankees Hall of Famer Goose Gosage

Ballplayers Fred and Goose mingled with participating luminaries and sponsors and enjoyed themselves with tales of shots made and missed.

"We believe in making people's lives better," said Ken Jr., "and we believe in giving back to the communities that we serve and support. The Golf Classic helps us raise about $200,000 every year, helping to support charities whose work is essential to the health and stability of our communities."

Fred and Goose have a tradition of community service of their own, which made them glad to be there, Goose said. "The whole concept of 'giving back' is important. We have our loyal fans…and we are loyal to them and to their communities as well."

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