Branford Yacht Club Hosts Annual Charity Golf Tournament to Benefit Camp Rising Sun

Branford, CT – The Branford Yacht Club held its annual charity golf tournament on Friday, May 10, 2024, at the Orange Hills Country Club. The event was followed by a luncheon and awards ceremony at the Branford Yacht Club. The tournament saw participation from 120 golfers and successfully raised $9,192 for Camp Rising Sun.

Despite the intermittent rain and chilly temperatures, the tournament was a resounding success. The winning team, comprised of Earl Tucker, Josh Olsen, Luke Williams, and Dave Wildstein, scored 64 (7 under par) in the scramble format tournament.

Shaun Heffernan, Executive Director of Camp Rising Sun, expressed his gratitude for the continued support from the Branford Yacht Club. “We appreciate the long-standing support of Branford Yacht Club and thank the club members, golfers, and sponsors for ensuring that kids with cancer and their siblings can forget about cancer for a week and just be a kid,” Heffernan stated.

Camp Rising Sun is a pediatric cancer camp that provides a safe and supportive environment for children aged 5 to 17 who have faced a cancer diagnosis, as well as their siblings. Founded in 1983 and now a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the camp offers a week-long summer camp and a mini-camp weekend each year, free of charge to families. Held on the grounds of Camp Jewell YMCA in Colebrook, CT, Camp Rising Sun ensures that campers enjoy a variety of activities, from arts and crafts to outdoor adventures, while receiving necessary medical care on-site. The camp is supported by donations and staffed by volunteers, many of whom are former campers or professionals from various fields, all dedicated to creating joyful experiences for the children.

Keith Criscuolo, Chairman of the Branford Yacht Club Tournament Committee, also shared his thoughts on the event. “For the Branford Yacht Club, supporting Camp Rising Sun means uplifting and empowering children for whom cancer has had an impact on their life,” Criscuolo said.

The Branford Yacht Club is proud to support such a meaningful cause and looks forward to continuing its partnership with Camp Rising Sun in the future. The club extends its heartfelt thanks to all participants, sponsors, and volunteers who made this year’s tournament a success.