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 2023-2024 academic year.

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation Inc Announces  

Scholarship Recipients for 2023 – 2024 Academic Year


The Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc is pleased to announce it has awarded scholarships to the following recipients for the 2023-2024 academic year.


Airoldi, Marissa:  Marissa is a member of the 103rd Air Lift Wing MXS/MXG, enlisting in the CT Air National Guard in February, 2019.  She lives in Tolland, CT.  She graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2022, cum laude, earning a degree in biological sciences and a minor in molecular and cell biology.  She is furthering her education by attending the University of Connecticut, School of Dental Medicine. 


Cardozo, Madison:  Madison is the daughter of MSG Michael Cardozo, 14th Civil Support Team (WMD), CTARNG.  Treasa lives in Litchfield, CT and is a 2022 graduate of Quinnipiac University with a major in Health Science Studies and a minor in Psychology.  Madison is currently enrolled at Sonoran University, pursuing a degree in the Naturopathic Doctorate Program. Her ultimate goal is to become a Naturopathic Doctor.  


Estevez Jimenez, Ginni C.:  Ginni is a member of HHD 1109th TASMG, CTARNG.  Ginni lives in Groton, CT.  She graduated from Post University in 2022, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, and is a graduate of Post’s Master Program in June 2023.  She is furthering her education by pursuing a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia.     


Strong, Alexis:  Alexis is the daughter of CW2 Christopher Strong, CT Training Center, CTARNG.  She lives in Southington, CT and is a 2023 graduate of Southington High School.   She will be attending Worcester State University, Worcester, MA pursuing a degree in Psychology.   


TOZIER, Katrina:   Katrina is the daughter of CW4(Ret) David W. Tozier, formerly with the 1109th TASMG, CTARNG.  She lives in East Haddam, CT and is a 2023 graduate of Nathan Hale Ray High School, Moodus, CT.  She plans to further her education by attending Merrimack College, focusing on obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree. 


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


The purpose of the SGT Felix M. Del Greco, Jr. Scholarship is to honor his memory by awarding annual scholarship(s) to children of Connecticut Army National Guard members who are attending an accredited undergraduate degree program.  


Allain, Marlei:   Marlei is the daughter of SSG Collen Dunn, 1109th TASMG.  Marlei is attending the University of New Haven.


Sholes, Zachary:   Zachary is a 1LT in the 118th Med Bn, and the son of SGM(Ret) Kelley Sipples.  Zachary is attending the University of Connecticut at Storrs.


White, Victoria:  Victoria is the daughter of SFC David White, 102d Army Band.  Victoria is attending the University of Connecticut at Storrs.