2022 Annual Appeal


Dear Friends of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc,


I have BIG NEWS for you.  Your donations to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, are helping support Connecticut service members and their families, who are struggling with financial insecurity.  

Every day, more generous people, like you – from around Connecticut, and beyond – are making a difference in the lives of our soldiers, airmen and their families.  For many of these service members, it’s because generous donors have come together to support the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc for decades.  

Many of our service members who are struggling find it hard to ask for help.  The mindset and culture within the military community is to “tough it out” and things will work themselves out.  But this is not always the case, especially for those members who have young families.  They cannot afford to ignore their problems when they have spouses and children, they are responsible for.  Your donations will help us help them.

Will you join our family of donors, so we can continue to support and help these families in crisis?  Your gift today of $25, $50, $100 or $1,000, helps us continue in our mission of providing financial assistance to our military members and families.  

In the past two years, the financial impact of the pandemic and multiple overseas deployments, has led to an enormous increase of requests for help, and depletion of our unrestricted funds.   We are asking you to help us build it back up. 

            Unrestricted funds are critical because they go wherever the need is the greatest.  For example, unrestricted funds can provide assistance with weekly care and emergency relief (including food & clothing); paying rent, mortgage interest and utilities; medical expenses and some dental expenses; eye examination and eye glasses; audiological examination and hearing aids; funeral expenses; home health care; yearly scholarships. 

This is why I hope you will continue to help our service members and their families with a gift to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc.  When you do, you are making a difference in the lives of our soldiers and airman.

We take seriously our obligation to ensure your donations are used wisely. Our grants are not a “free ride”, given to just anyone who has a story.  We thoroughly screen all applications to ensure that the money you donate, goes to those who most deserve it.  Oftentimes we find that there are other agencies and programs, whether they be federal, state or non-profit, that can better serve our members in need.  Only when these applicants have fully exhausted all other programs, do we commit your donations – we are the charity of last resort.  

I hope you will continue your support of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc by making a tax-deductible donation during this year’s annual appeal.  I know there are many worthy charities, and I want to thank you for continuing to support us, and the service members and families we support. 

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.  Won’t you please consider making a donation to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc?  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.  

With your gift today, no matter how large or small, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your donation will help those most in need.  

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.