Catholic Charities / Aetna Golf Classic Raises $130,000

-- Funds to support families throughout Fairfield County --

HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- By all accounts, the 2011 Catholic Charities / Aetna Golf Classic was a “birdie” nearly doubling over last year the funds raised to support people in need throughout Fairfield County.

More than 100 golfers and guests participated in the event, which was held June 13 at the Shorehaven Club in Norwalk and staffed by volunteers from Catholic Charities and Aetna (NYSE: AET).

“Aetna was proud to be the title sponsor of this golf event for the sixth consecutive year, and we are extending our commitment to next year as well,” said Brad Morse, Aetna vice president of sales and service for New England. “We are proud to team up with Catholic Charities in support of its great programs in Fairfield County, including their network of soup kitchens and food pantries and the Room To Grow preschool.”

“Catholic Charities is proud to continue its work as the largest private provider of social and human services helping needy individuals, families and children here in Fairfield County. We couldn’t do it without the support of Aetna and many other corporate and individual sponsors,” said Al Barber, President of Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. “We serve well over one million meals annually; provide support services to help families with the many challenges of today’s world, and work to serve the needy in many other ways as well. This golf outing is a fun event that allows those of us who are more fortunate to give back to the community in an effective way.”

Other event sponsors for 2011 included: Nestle Waters; Benefit Planning Services; William Pitt Sotheby Realty; Denis and Britta Nayden; The Quiddich Foundation; Tom Birkett; Tuscany Ristorante; Brewster Honda; and Fieldstone Marketing.

The 2012 tournament is scheduled for Monday, June 11, at Shorehaven. Businesses or individuals interested in supporting the event are asked to contact Rosie Vite of Catholic Charities at [email protected] or 203-416-1503.

About Aetna

Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 36.5 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities and health care management services for Medicaid plans. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see

About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of Fairfield County works to put “faith in action” throughout the country. It is a leading provider of food and nutrition, immigration, adoption, mental health, affordable housing and family support services to the needy and vulnerable of all faiths in Fairfield County. In addition to sponsoring the state’s two largest inner city soup kitchens, Merton Center in Bridgeport and New Covenant House of Hospitality in Stamford, the agency serves thousands of the elderly each day through its Senior Nutrition Program and manages a network of counseling and family services offices throughout the region. Recently Catholic Charities has partnered with the State and several communities to provide affordable supportive housing for homeless individuals and families. Its programs and services are delivered by a professional staff assisted by hundreds of interfaith volunteers. To learn more visit the Catholic Charities on the web:


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