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)




2022 Donors and Sponsors

Presidents Circle (Contributions of $1000 and above)

Greater Hartford Automobile Dealers Association

Katharine & Henry McLane Charitable Trust

Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association CT 31-1

DND Construction Services

Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Crowley Auto Group

Kenneth M Crowley

Connecticut General Assembly

Sharon T Sekellick

Trischman Family Foundation

ZN Construction and Contracting LLC

Mark M Crowley

American Legion Sidlecki Post #187

Bruce and Donna Kosa

Cecelia and Leo Roberge

Connecticut Valley Crematory

Simsbury High School

Smash Avenue

Summer Knights Classic Car Club Inc

The Alexander M & Catherine Maus Wright Charitable Trust





Directors Circle (Contributions of $500 to $999)

Local Independent Charities of America

Cub Scout Pack #475

Rockville United Methodist Church

Lions Club of Tolland

Elizabeth Szuba

Gary Thorstenson

Lee Lukas

Ralph Dodd

Brian Sabia

Daniel Henderson

Davis Massaro

James H Davis

Kiernan Daly

Rich Sklenka

Transfer Enterprises, Inc

Bichop J Nawrot

Hartford Lodge #19 BPOE

James F Mullen

Paul E McCollam

Robert and Leslie Schmidt

Shepard B Stone

Siracusa Moving & Storage Service Co

Thomas P Thomas

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3272


Leaders Circle (Contributions of $250 to $499)

Mary Conklin

CT Military Vehicle Collectors Inc

Gary Ottenbreit

Thaddeus J Martin

Warrant Officer Cohort - CT National Guard

Joseph A Poland

Michael Falk

Daniel McHale

Douglas Paley

George Brown

Mark Hayden

Michael Dutko

Susan Tesoriero

Thomas Marchetto

Victor Baber

Laura Solano Evon

Stanley P Syman

American Legion Post #17

Association of the United States Army - CT Chapter

Connecticut Society of Santas

Davis Auctions Inc

Ethan Goldman

JHD Corporation

Joan Tarrant

Wethersfield Chapter of UNICO National


Patrons Circle (Contributions of $100 to $249)

American Online Giving Foundation Inc

Edward A Englehardt Jr

Joan Treadow

Mattatuck Industrial Scrap Metal, Inc

Michael T Dorsey

Peter E Tatalias

Richard A Reed

Rosa Puntillo

Rosa Wilfinger

Sullivan & Leshane, Inc

Toby Goldschneider

Robert E Knowlden

Network for Good

Tammy M Foular

Dawn Works-Dennis

Eddie Bonafe

Jeffrey Griffin

Jeffrey Wiesner

Matthew Marks

Peter Doria

Ryan Hinton

Michael Sipples

Amy Mish

Arthur Fredericks

Christopher Evans

David Arundel

David Chartier

Dewayne Woods

Eric Gagnon

James A French

John J Lill

Joseph Sevigny

Larry Fitzgerald

Mary R Rell

Matthew Marcella

Michael Cardozo

Nancy L Strawderman

Scott McLaughlin

Sonja Smilinich

Tim Seery

William S Warner

Maureen Carpenter

Rona C Lynch

Timothy E Reilly

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #176

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #52

American Legion Post #141

American Legion Post #54

Anthony Cefalogi

Arlene Paterwic

Beverly B Tate

Big Sky

Bonnie B Rice

Carl A Rapacz

Carole M Savitsky

Catherine Carignan

Catherine Daly

Catherine H Connor

Christine L Sledge

Connecticut Strategy Group, LLC

Daniel A Diguilio

David Connole

Duane I Haverstock

Elaine Dinto

George Gonsalves

James E Brooks Sr

Jeanne M Raccio

John C Bailey

John and Claudia Godburn

John J Anzidei

John J Zoni

John T Wiltse

Kevin E Hughes

Kristi K Gafford

Linda R Arbesman

Lisa Sgamboti

Lois C Clede

Mary Beth Derynioski

Marylou T Savoy

Moira and Douglas Jones

Honorable Nancy S Wyman

Nora Okeefe

Norman N Fierravanti

Pamela Bianca

Peter H O'Meara

Raymond P Zastaury, Jr

Richard L Boritz

Richard W Miller

Robert A Egan

Robert A Smith

Robert Ranellone

Ronald Osella

Steven D Staugaitis

Teal King

Timothy F Pagnam

William J Skowronski


Sustainers (Contributions of $50 to $99)

Amazon Smile

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #105

American Legion Auxillary Post #111

Angela M Sinicrope

Arthur G Paul III

B J Converse

Bernice L Wright

Dorian M Taylor

Elizabeth A Lofquist

Frank Martorelli

Frederick R Press

Gayle S Juliani

Irene A Kennedy

James Baldoni

Janet and Joe Stewart

Janyce S Winninger

Jean F Letendre

JIm Seichter

Joan E Lane

John Ambrozaitis Jr

John M Pensiero

John V Rondano

John W Horan

Joseph V Girardini

Kenneth Dixon

Linda M Stewart

Linnea H Golubchik

Maria T Bruks

Marilyn M Wyman

Michael J Hargrove

Pamela Townsend

Patricia Jacques

Paul J Diorio

Philip T Newbury

Pue, Chick, Leibowitz & Blezard, LLC

Richard F Ferrari

Robert J Lagasse

Robert J Samperi

Robert Stavinsky

Shaughnessy Banks Funeral Home

Terry J Fagan

Theodore A Samolik

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6123

Virginia W Scheller

William J Robbins

Zoe A Carrozzella


Supporters (Contributions of $49 and under)

Leonard J Francis

Linda A Rolstone

Alexander Fatone

Edward N Deni

Ellen Ann Mandelberg

Erica Blackmon

Kimberly Debaise

Ulrick Brice

Valerie L Serry

Carol Ann Christoffers

Margaret N McDonald

Bradford B Palmer

Charles B Stone

Elizabeth A Peatt

Michelle McCarty

Patricia M Beloff

Aimee Critchley

Alan A Malizia

Ann M Feeley

Anthony D Martino

Anthony J Napoleon

Arnold F Joseph

Bonita Finkelday

Brian M Noble

Catherine M Conlin

Charles T Nichols

Colin T Swales

Cynthia M Lewis

David R Antone

Dominic J Alegi Jr

Elizabeth W Crayton

John Larensen

John S. Andrulonis

Joseph J Crowley

Joseph M Davis

Kenneth O'Connor

Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #7788

Lisa M Ciccone

Patricia G Sarasin

Paul A Vozzella

Paul Summers

Robert Doyle Finan

Robert Salka

Sharon N Eaton

Tami W Zawistowski

Ted C Graziani

Verne Marie Kozak

Vincent LLinares

William A O'Rourke

William E Sheedy Jr

Alex Seretny

Benjamin Beaudry

Charlene L Johnson

Chris Mackenzie

Daniel Taylor

David Gauthier

David H Larson

Elizabeth Turner

Heather Dziewaltowski

Henry Bankowski

James G Ashwell

Janae Grant

Jeffrey Lapierre

Jo Ann Cap

Joseph Roden

Karen Berry

Katy Pietrasz

Laura E Sheridan

Linda Cunha

Liza Pena

Christopher Coutu

Mary Ann Whitney

May B Toscano

Michael Martinez

Rich Timberlake

Richard J Olson 

Robert J Sampl

Scott R Bernier

Stephan Nowakowski

Theresa A Looke

Thomas W Donnelly

Victor P Dufault

William Blake

Chris Verrastro

Lesha-Ann McIntosh

Matthew Barringer

Youcef Del Rosario

Lee De Marzo

Mary E Andrea

Susan Maturo

Luke Powers

Mona Copeland

Sanjay Baldie

Jean Rioux

Joseph Sigda

Peter R Hyde

Richard L Sawitzke

Dawn M Diani

Bernard T Rooney Jr

Michael Murphy

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