Aetna Golf benefits Charities

FAIRFIELD—Over one hundred supporters of Catholic Charities turned out for the agency’s annual Aetna Golf Classic on June 4 at the Patterson Club in Fairfield. Golf enthusiasts enjoyed a buffet breakfast before a round of golf at the historic club, which was followed by a delicious dinner. Participants bought raffle tickets to win various beautiful gift baskets and raised their hands to bid on several unique live auction items.

Jon Vaccarella, co-chair of the event with Bill Tommins, was thrilled with the success of the event, which raised over $90,000 for Catholic Charities.

“Aetna has been our signature sponsor for over a decade and we are very grateful to the company for their continued support. We are also appreciative of our other generous sponsors and individuals who stepped up and participated. The event would not have been so successful were it not for everyone’s collective support,” Vaccarella said.

This year’s fundraiser honored the late Judge Dan Caruso, who was a dedicated supporter of the agency for many years. Al Barber, president of Catholic Charities, presented the Caruso family with an award to show appreciation for Judge Caruso’s commitment to helping those in need.

“Dan not only gave monetarily to Catholic Charities, but as importantly he also gave his time through volunteering,” Barber recalled. “He did it all quietly, without looking for recognition or praise. But we at Catholic Charities think Dan should be recognized, which is why we dedicated this year’s Aetna Golf Classic to him. He will be greatly missed.”

(To learn more about or donate to Catholic Charities, contact Bob Donahue at 203.416.1313 or