Shelton nonprofits benefit from donations from the DiMatteo Foundation


SHELTON – The DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation has once again taken on the challenge of helping local nonprofits in their efforts to help children and teens.

The Foundation – with money raised from its annual golf tournament – donated $ 10,000 each – to the Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley and Adam’s House, both located in Shelton, and the Tony DiMatteo Scholarship Fund.

Funded primarily by proceeds from the DiMatteo Family Charitable Foundation golf tournament, the Foundation has donated $ 460,000 to nearly 20 charities over the past 16 years.

For 61 years, the DiMatteo family and its businesses have been committed to giving back to the community. Currently, DiMatteo Group comprises two divisions in Shelton – DiMatteo Group Financial Services and DiMatteo Group Tax and Accounting.

“Our 16th annual golf tournament received great support from the community as well as our generous sponsors,” said John DiMatteo of Bethany. “Thank you to all the golfers who have contributed to three great causes that will make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and adolescents in the region.

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley is to provide, in a safe environment, programs that inspire, educate, guide and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to achieve their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Likewise, the mission of the Adam Wysota Foundation is to provide grief education and peer support in a family setting called Adam’s House. In this safe and calming environment, children and their families participate in an 8-week grieving course. Participants gain the support of their peers and learn new strategies to cope with their loss.

The Tony DiMatteo Scholarship Fund was established in 2020 in honor of Anthony DiMatteo. He helped start the football program at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Fairfield with Lou Saccone from 1958 to 1965 as the offensive and defensive line coach. This scholarship is awarded to a deserving student-athlete who would otherwise not be able to attend university.

Sixteen regional companies and business partners of the DiMatteo group were golf sponsors. The main platinum sponsor was ACBI Insurance. At the Gold level, contributors included: DiMatteo Group Financial Services, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MEGIN and Preferred Tool & Die.

Supporting silver sponsors were Beta Squared Lithography, Burns Construction, Commonwealth Cares, DiMatteo Group Tax & Accounting, Lesko Family Foundation, The Hartford, Viglione Heating & Cooling, Inc., United PRS, Total Mortgage, Acadia, BH Burke & Company, Inc., and DD Assurance.

A&A Windshields in Shelton was the in-kind sponsor of the Break the Windshield contest.

A committee of 14 volunteers planned the annual golf tournament. The following volunteers deserve recognition: Shelton residents Jill Bruno, Rosemarie Esposito, Loretta Lesko, Rose Grzybala, Karen Minopoli, Barbara Gelozin and Jenine Motasky; Bethany residents Kim DiMatteo, Jessica DiMatteo and Michael DiMatteo; Arlene Greco from Naugatuck, Nicole Kelley from Wallingford, Natalie Kaszei from Milford and Lisa Brand from Trumbull.

“The mission of our Family Foundation, in conjunction with our golf tournament, is to provide funding to organizations dedicated to research, education and the search for a cure for diseases that have touched lives. of our friends, families, clients and employees, ”Rosemarie Esposito of Shelton said. “In recent years, we have broadened our scope to include the needs of members of our community. “

The golf tournament has already supported nearly 20 local and national nonprofits – Alliance for Prevention and Wellness, Hewitt Center for Breast Wellness at Griffin Hospital, BHcare, Valley Angels for Families, Project Purple, National Kidney Foundation, the Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services, The Kennedy Center, St. Vincent’s Special Needs Services, St. Vincent’s SWIM Across the Sound, Juvenile Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, Spooner House, Homes for the Brave Female Soldiers / Forgotten Heroes, the Young Survival Coalition , the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, MovingWithHOPE and the Tony DiMatteo Scholarship Fund.


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