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 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.