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)




Hartford Yard Goats / CT National Guard Fundraiser 2024

Hartford Yard Goats – CTNGFI Day at Dunkin Park Fundraiser

I am excited to announce that the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc., (CTNGFI) has partnered with the Hartford Yard Goats, to host a fundraising event at their home baseball game with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, on Sunday, June 30th, 2024.   Game time is 1:10 pm – gates open at 11:30 am.  

The CTNGFI has secured a block of 200 Field Box Tickets.  Ticket price is $20 each.  Children 3 years of age and younger are free if sitting on a parents’ lap during the game.  Spend an afternoon at the ballpark with friends and family, all while raising money for a great cause. 

All proceeds from this event will support our mission of providing emergency financial assistance and scholarshipsto CT National Guard Service Members and their Families.  Every dollar raised will make a meaningful impact in the life of those who serve our country and the families that support them. 

We hope that you will join us for a great day of fun while also helping an Airman, Soldier, or Family in need.  You can register and pay for the ballgame at the CTNGFI website – www.ctngfi.org.  If you prefer, registration and payment can also be made at the Service Member & Family Support Center, room 112, Hartford Armory.

If you are not able to attend the ballgame, won’t you consider helping support our mission by making a donation in any amount you can afford, to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc.  You can make your donation at www.ctngfi.org or by mailing a check to our address.   Your donation will help so many service members, veterans and families, in need.  

Thank you.

Christopher Mackenzie
Chief Warrant Officer Four, CTARNG (Retired)

Want to download the event flyer? Click here!

Please register below. After submitting the form, you will be brought to a page where you can make payment for your tickets. If you do not reach the payment page, you can use this link after submitting the registration form below.