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 2021-2022 academic year

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation Inc Announces 

Scholarship Recipients for 2021 - 2022 Academic Year 

 The Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc is pleased to announce it has awarded scholarships to the following recipients for the 2021-2022 academic year.

BLUM, Amie:  Amie is a member of the JFHQ, enlisting in the CTARNG in February, 2004, soon after graduating high school.  She lives in Middletown, CT and is a full-time CTNG employee at the Human Resources Office.  She is a 2014 graduate of the University of New Haven, earning a BS degree in Criminal Justice.  She is furthering her education by attending the University of Connecticut, School of Business Human Resource Management Graduate Program. 

DOUGALL, Treasa:  Treasa is the daughter of LTC Nathan Dougall, HHC 143d CSSB, CTARNG.  Treasa lives in Easton, CT and is a 2020 graduate of Joel Barlow High School.  Treasa is returning to Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences with a minor in psychology.  Her ultimate goal is to attend medical school and become a pediatrician.  

SHETLAND, Gwyneth:  Gwyneth is the daughter of CPT(Ret) Andrew Shetland, HHD, 1109th TASMG, CTARNG.  She lives in Mansfield, CT and is a 2021 graduate of Griswold High School.   She is attending the University of Connecticut working on a major in animal sciences, with a pre-veterinarian track.  Once she completes her undergraduate studies, her goal is to attend graduate school, specializing in equine veterinary medicine.

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.  Tyler is returning to the University of Connecticut, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

SWANSON, Abigail:   Abigail is the daughter of LTC(Ret) Jacqueline K. Cyr, formerly with the 169th Leadership Regiment, CTARNG.   Abigail is a 2018 graduate of Wheelock College, Boston, MA, with a Bachelor of Social Work, awarded Cum Laude.  She served in the Peace Corps, serving as a Youth Specialist in the Central American nation of Guatemala, from September 2018 to March 2020.  Abigail is currently enrolled at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM, in the Master of Social Work Program. 

TOZIER, Sarah:   Sarah is the daughter of CW4(Ret) David W. Tozier, formerly with the 1109th TASMG, CTARNG.  She lives in East Haddam, CT and is a 2021 graduate of Nathan Hale Ray High School, Moodus, CT.  She plans to further her education by attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA, focusing on obtaining a bachelor’s degree in engineering, with a minor in business.   

WHELAN, Chalan:   is the daughter of SMSgt Dawn Whelan, 103d Mission Support Group, CTANG.  She lives in Stafford Springs, CT.  She is a Dean’s List student, currently attending Springfield College, Springfield, MA.  She is returning to Springfield College, pursuing a degree in the Health Science Pre-Physician Assistant Program, ultimately earning a Master’s Degree as a Physician Assistant.  

SGT Felix M. Del Greco, Jr Memorial Scholarship(s)

RICARD, Zachary:   Zachary is the son of SFC Michael Ricard, HHC 192d Engineer, CTARNG.  Zachary is attending the Culinary Institute of America.  

THOMPSON, Zachary:   Zachary is the son of LTC Paul Thompson, JFHQ, CTARNG.  Zachary is attending Syracuse University.