Dear Neighbor of Southeastern Connecticut and Southern Rhode Island...
I’m honored to be serving a third year as a volunteer on the committee for Waterford Country School’s (WCS) Bring Your Mojo Golf Tournament, scheduled this year for September 19 at Great Neck Country Club. I helped create the tournament in collaboration with other businessmen in the community in honor of former WCS Board Member Gary Saunders, a local businessman himself and an avid golfer who unexpectedly passed away in January 2011. Gary was part of the “founding family” of WCS and grew up on and around the agency’s 350-acre campus in Quaker Hill.
The tournament is a testament to the energetic way he approached his life and his work for the school. In addition to a great day of golf on a beautifully appointed course right here in Southeastern Connecticut, our committee works hard to give the golfers who support the cause a top-notch experience featuring a lobster or steak dinner at the end of the day and an opportunity to win some amazing raffle prizes.
The Waterford Country School holds a special place in my heart. Gary, who was a loyal friend, was entrenched in the agency’s mission and encouraged me to make the same commitment. What hooked me was visiting WCS and seeing the campus and learning the positive impact on lives of kids and families right here in our backyard. I immediately knew that there would be no better spot for me to give back to the community, applying my own efforts, energy, and funding to its goals.
Waterford Country School is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to enrich the lives of children and strengthen families through specialized programs, resources, and community services. The school helps children, youth, and families confront the effects of trauma by providing effective crisis intervention and therapeutic services; reaching out and supporting families during reunification; offering strategies to improve communication, conflict resolution, and increase academic achievement; and presenting “hands-on” learning through challenge rope courses, a children’s farm, and a wildlife-rehabilitation center.
I encourage you to visit the website, waterfordcountryschool.org, for more information about WCS or the golf tournament event. More importantly, if you’ve never actually visited the campus in Quaker Hill I highly encourage you to do so. It was an eye-opener for me! You may contact me for a personal tour or reach out to Bill Martin, Executive Director.
My dedication, and the dedication of our ever-growing committee, to this memorial golf tournament in the past two years has helped us raise more than $60,000 for the school; nearly doubling proceeds from the first to second year. The new funds will be used to build-out and equip the Gary Saunders Fitness Room in a new gymnasium slated to break ground in the fall.