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Tournament brings smiles to golfers, kids


Members of the Gallagher Benefits Services team prepare to tee off at the 30th Annual Kimber's Invitational Golf Tournament. They later won one of the skins. Team members are (from left) Mark Regin, Rick Jones, Team Captain Maureen Pelose, and John Renock.

The 30th annual Kimber's Invitational Golf Tournament raised more than $64,000 in support of the children served by Elmcrest Children’s Center.

More than 160 golfers enjoyed friendly competition with good food and ideal weather June 10 at Rogues Roost in Bridgeport. (Photo gallery.)

The tournament's lead sponsors were: Jammers/Strada Mia/United Auto Supply, People’s United Bank, Fust Charles Chambers, LLC, Brown and Brown Empire State, Cheryl Kowalski, and Community Bank Wealth Management.

With a score of 60, two teams tied for first place in the captain-and-crew-style tournament: the Rathbun/Smith team of Marty Rathbun, Larry Smith, Ryan Smith and Sam Vigliotti; and the Harris Beach PLLC team of Michael Brewster, David Capriotti, Mateo Capriotti and Jeff Lewis.

In third place, with a score of 61, was the Teamsters team of Bob Firmstone, Jeff Hiller, Jerry Jones and Tim Rich.

Brian Rice won the closest-to-the-pin contest on hole 14 with a distance of 24 inches.

Mary Wind and Brandon McInerney won the longest drive contest on hole 7.

Two teams won skins, valued at $430 each. They were the Gallagher Benefits Services Inc. team led by Maureen Pelose and the Teamsters Local 317 team led by Duane Wright.

Gary Bobbett, center, congratulates Peter Sarratori, left, and Dennis Cleary, right.

Gary Bobbett first brought his golfing friends together to support Elmcrest Children’s Center in 1991. Since then, the tournament he founded has raised more than $1 million, bringing hope to generations of children facing major life challenges. Everyone at Elmcrest is grateful to Gary for his dedication to our cause.

Each year, the tournament committee selects one exceptional person for the Gary Bobbett Award. Winners are chosen based on their dedication to supporting Elmcrest through the tournament. The 2021 award winner is Peter Sarratori, who has played in the tournament since its earliest days. Dennis Cleary, who chairs Elmcrest’s Development Committee, won the award in 2020 but received it at this year’s tournament due to pandemic precautions last year.

Golfers at the Kimber's Invitational Golf Tournament take home a photo of their team. For more photos, see this photo gallery.