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)




Scholarships awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation Inc Announces 

Scholarship Recipients for 2020 – 2021 Academic Year

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc is pleased to announce it has awarded scholarships to the following recipients for the 2020-2021 academic year.

AYOTTE, Phillip:  Phillip is the son of MSgt(Ret) Gary E. Ayotte, formerly 103rd Civil Engineer Squadron, CTANG.  He lives in South Windsor, CT and is a 2020 graduate of South Windsor High School.  He plans to further his education by attending the University of Connecticut, Storrs CT, as a freshman this September.

MOFFAT, Paige:  Paige is the daughter of SFC Reisha Moffat, Det 1, CTARNG Recruiting and Retention Battalion.  Paige lives in Middlebury, CT and is a 2019 graduate of The Gunnery School, Washington, CT.  This Fall, Paige is returning to the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, pursuing a degree in International and Chinese Studies.     

NOLAN, Kaitlyn: Kaitlyn is the daughter of MAJ(Ret) Brian J. Nolan, formerly DET 6, 1st Battalion 85th Troop Command, CTARNG.  She lives in Wallingford, CT and is a 2020 graduate of Lyman Hall High School, Wallingford, CT, graduating in the top 5% of her class.  She plans to further her education by attending Fairfield University as a freshman, focusing on obtaining a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.  

REYNOLDS, Caitlin:   Caitlin is the daughter of SMSgt James Reynolds, 103d Airlift Wing, CTANG.  She lives in Willington, CT and is a 2019 graduate of Edwin O. Smith High School.   She is currently attending Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing.

STRONG, Tyler:   Tyler is the son of LTC Christopher Strong, HHD 1st Battalion 169th Leadership Regiment, CTARNG.  He lives in Southington, CT and is a 2019 graduate of Southington High School, Southington CT.  This Fall, Tyler will be returning to the University of Connecticut, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

SGT Felix M. Del Greco, Jr Memorial Scholarship

SHETLAND, Caitlyn:  Caitlyn is this year’s recipient of the SGT Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.  She is the daughter of CPT Andrew Shetland, HHD, 1109th TASMG, CTARNG.  She lives in Griswold, CT and is a 2019 graduate of Griswold High School.   She returns to the University of Connecticut working on a pre-med track as a Molecular and Cell Biology Major, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average.   Caitlyn is a repeat recipient of this scholarship, having also received it during the 2019-2020 academic year.