2023 Annual Appeal


Dear Friends of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc,

Last year the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc (CTNGFI), provided direct financial assistance to sixty-seven service members, families and Family Readiness Groups, totaling $77,551.00. Additionally, $20,500.00 in scholarships was awarded to Connecticut National Guard service members and family members. 

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the founding of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc. I wonder if the founding members of the CTNGFI thought that so many service members and families would still need financial help, twenty years after its founding. But the need does still exist!

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that these times of crippling inflation and economic turmoil have been an incredibly difficult time for all of us. 

But for those who are unemployed, or barely earning minimum wage, they are suffering more than others. Unfortunately, service members and families of the Connecticut National Guard, are among those suffering. 

Today, I am writing to you with a simple yet heartfelt plea. Will you step forward to help our service members and families during this especially dangerous and trying time by sending a charitable donation to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc?

Your gift will make a real and practical difference in lifting up service members and their families, who are suffering. Your gift to our general fund will be used to help support our members suffering with such needs as weekly care and emergency relief, food assistance, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, home health care, medical expenses and funeral expenses.

Any one of us could find ourselves needing the support of friends and neighbors if life takes a sudden turn. Together, we can lift up our struggling service members and their families, and give them the hope and help they need. 

Yes, it is truly amazing the difference you can make today. By reaching out with your charitable donation, you will be supporting our mission of providing financial hands-on solutions to our struggling service members and their families. 

But direct financial assistance is not all that your donation will support. Operation ELF, Adopt-a-Military Family, Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and Post Secondary Scholarships are also funded by your generous donations. These vital programs provide relief and happiness to military families who may be struggling with the pain of deployment separation, loss of employment and income, or how to pay for the escalating costs of higher education. 

Your donation, no matter how large or small, could be the lifeline to our military families and service members who have no where else to turn. Please make this special difference – a life-sustaining difference for many – by sending your contribution today to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc. 

In order for us to assist these families, we need your help. Our hope is to continue to support our Guard family as long as the need exists, but we cannot do it alone. We need your help. Contributions can be made by check, credit card, PayPal, and now Venmo. You can donate by check or credit card, by using the enclosed reply card and envelope, or for PayPal by going to our website at www.ctngfi.org and clicking on the “how to help tab” and then the donate button. To donate by Venmo use our account name: @ctngfi. If you are using Venmo, please be sure to provide your name, address and/or email and cell number for proper acknowledgement of your donation. 

This is the season for giving thanks ... and in that spirit, thank you for all you do for our Foundation. Please send your most generous gift today.




Christopher Mackenzie

Chief Warrant Officer Four (Retired)




2021 Donors and Sponsors

Presidents Circle (Contributions of $1000 and above)

Lockheed Martin / Sikorsky Aircraft
Raytheon Technologies Corp / Pratt & Whitney Division
Katharine & Henry McLane Charitable Trust
Bogies for the Brave
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
Ilia O'Hearn
DND Construction Services
Army Aviation Association of America - Connecticut Chapter
Connecticut Military Corvette Club
Kenneth & Norma Crowley
Crowley Chrysler Plymouth Inc
Trischman Family Foundation
Gary Ottenbreit
American Legion Sidlecki Post 187
Sharon T Sekellick
Veterans Foreign Wars Post 3272
Local Independent Charities of America
Bruce Kosa
Connecticut Valley Crematory
Ledyard Lions Club Inc
Simsbury High School
The Alexander & Catherine Maus Wright Charitable Trust
The Wakely Foundation

Directors Circle (Contributions of $500 to $999)

Paul E McCollam
Robert J Sampl
Michael Dutko
Connecticut Military Vehicle Collectors Inc
Daniel Henderson
Giancarlo D'Angelo
James Pendleton
Tyler Fulton
Cub Scout Pack 475
The Wilk Family
Lions Club of Tolland
James H Davis
Bichop J Nawrot
David A Lees
George Gonsalves
James F Mullen
Mattatuck Industrial Scrap Metal Inc
Normand P Lusignan
Shepard B Stone
The Shookus Family
Transfer Enterprises Inc

Leaders Circle (Contributions of $250 to $499)

Niantic Lions Charities
Cecelia and Leo Roberge
Cheryl Gallmeier
Sonja Smilinich
Edward A Englehardt Jr
Joan Tarrant
Joseph A Poland
Muriel L Bruton
Thaddeus J Martin
Stanley and Lorrie Syman
Robert Snow
Tim Seery
American Legion Post 17
Association of the United States Army
Connecticut Society of Santas
David A Kohlun
Davis Auctions Inc
Ethan Goldman
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
JHD Corporation
John D Raphael
Laura Solano Evon
Michael Gruner
Thomas P Thomas
Timothy C Brinkerhoff
Wethersfield Chapter of UNICO National

Patrons Circle (Contributions of $100 to $249)

George Tremblay
Jon McDonough
Amy Mish
Anthony Cefalogi
Carl A Zanoni
Dawn Works-Dennis
Disabled American Veterans Chapter 52
John B Sobanik
Linda R Arbesman
Michael T Dorsey
Nancy S Wyman
Peter E Tatalias
Richard M Heffernon
Robert A Smith
Steven M Nassau
Stuart K Wallack
Toby Goldschneider
John M Pensiero
Veterans Foreign Wars  Post 3336
Veterans Foreign Wars  Post 5095
Robert E Knowlden
Daniel A Diguilio
James A French
Mary Beth Derynioski
Michael J Mahoney
Nancy L Strawderman
John J Zoni
Amazon Smile
Albert S Mead Jr
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 45
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 52
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 176
American Legion Post 24
American Legion Post 100
Bernadette M Waite
Bernice L Wright
Betsy P Cruice
Beverly B Tate
Catherine Daly
Catherine H Connor
Cheryl-Ann Tubby
Cuyler Massicotte
David C Peterson
David Connole
David Jurenka
David & Elaine Krauss
Duane I Haverstock
Elaine Dinto
Forrest L Anderson
Gail R Stafford
Hartford Lodge #19 BPOE
Irene A Kennedy
James E Brooks Sr
Janet J Fournier
Janet K Lambert
Jean F Letendre
Jeanne M Raccio
JIm Seichter
Joan Treadow
John & Claudia Godburn
John J Anzidei
John Kupper
John W Horan
Joseph A Marino
Lois C Clede
Margaret E Wolk
Marilyn Lindsay
Maryanne Madigan
Marylou T Savoy
Michael J Neri
Michael Ryan
Michele J Paquette
Moira & Douglas Jones
Norman N Fierravanti
Pat Welch
Peter E Tatalias
Raymond P Zastaury, Jr
Richard L Boritz
Robert A Egan
Robert Stavinsky
Steven D Anderson
Teal King
Timothy E Reilly
William J Skowronski
Carl A Rapacz
Richard A Reed
Rosa Wilfinger
Ronald Osella
Rosa Puntillo

Sustainers (Contributions of $50 to $99)

Brandi Walter
Karen Berry
George W Ripley III
Terry J Fagan
Maureen Carpenter
Christine L Sledge
Chris McCarty
John T Wiltse
Ralph Hedenberg
Agatha Shepherd
American Legion Auxillary Post 111
Angela M Sinicrope
Anthony D Martino
Arthur G Paul III
Bonnie B Rice
Brian Erkson
Chris Mackenzie
Cranmore Fitzgerald & Meaney
David Pytlik
Dorian M Taylor
Dorothy M Willoughby
Edward N Deni
Frank Martorelli
Frederick R Press
Gayle S Juliani
Gerald Lukowski
James E Elsner
Janyce S Winninger
Jennifer Kane
Jenny Q Ruckey
Joan E Lane
John Ambrozaitis Jr
John V Rondano
Joseph V Girardini
K J Purdie
Linda M Stewart
Leonard J Francis
Linnea H Golubchik
Maria T Bruks
Matthew Marks
Michael J Hargrove
Nancy M Batory
Patricia G Sarasin
Paul J Diorio
Pauline A Schaefer
Philip T Newbury
Pue, Chick, Leibowitz & Blezard LLC
Richard F Ferrari
Richard J Billing
Richard W Miller
Robert J Hilliard
Robert J Magyar
Robert J Samperi
Robert Rodner
Ronald R Goodrich
Shaneka Ashman
Steven D Staugaitis
Theodore A Samolik
Thomas J Saadi
Virginia W Scheller
William A O'Rourke
William J Robbins

Supporters (Contributions of $49 and under)

John S. Andrulonis
Northford Womens Club Elissa Orio
Kimberly Debaise
Carol Ann Christoffers
Margaret N McDonald
Barbara A Biatowas
Bradford B Palmer
Patricia M Beloff
Richard J Olson
Ben Neumon
Charles Jaworski
Ryan Parnell
Stephan Nowakowski
Steven D Landry
Alan A Malizia
Anita L Santa Maria
Anthony J Napoleon
B J Converse
Beth Telesco
Carol F Hamel
Carol J Vertefeuille
Charlene L Johnson
Charles T Nichols
Colette R Weber
Daniel J Falotico
David R Antone
Diane B Szydlo
Dominic J Alegi Jr
J Hodges
John Larensen
Joseph Acanfora
Kenneth O'Connor
Kyla Harol
Leo A Martigneni
Linda A Rolstone
Linnea A Scheck
Mary Ann Whitney
Michelle McCarty
Paul A Vozzella
Peter C Brandolini
Raymond James
Robert Doyle Finan
Ronald DeMartino
Scott M Digris
Sharon N Eaton
Tami W Zawistowski
Veterans Foreign Wars  Post 1979
William Daugherty
William E Sheedy Jr
Ann M Feeley
David Gauthier
David H Larson
Henry Bankowski
May B Toscano
Robert G Stickels
Ted C Graziani
Thomas W Donnelly
Lee De Marzo
Anthony V LaPenta Jr
Ellen Ann Mandelberg
James A Olivett
John D Micali
Network for Good
Peter R Hyde
Richard L Sawitzke
Susan Maturo
Dawn M Diani
Kenneth T McKenna
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