The Darien Y will be holding a golf scramble fundraiser to benefit the Darien YMCA Special Needs Programs.

The golf scramble will be held on Monday, June 5, at the Griffith E. Harris Golf Club in Greenwich.

Golfers are invited to attend this event with a tee time of 8:30 a.m. Registration is ongoing until May 26. Registration forms and details can be found at www.darien-ymca.org.

The Darien Y is the largest provider of special needs programs in our community with annual participation rates of over 600 individuals. These programs include enrichment activities such as cooking and art, fitness programs including yoga and martial arts, clubs for girls, teens and young adults, as well as aquatics programs.

Last year, the Darien Y provided $400,000 in funding for special needs programs, the majority of which came from donations and fundraising. All proceeds from the Darien Y Golf Scramble will go towards Darien YMCA programs for children with special needs.

The event involves breakfast, 18-hole golf tournament, and a luncheon. Check-in and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the golf tournament from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Following the conclusion of the tournament, all golfers are invited to enjoy a luncheon featuring an open bar and prize presentations.

Luncheon will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is available to non-golfers at a price of $75. Sponsorships are also available at $150, $1,000 and $2,000 levels. Sponsors at the $1,000 and $2,000 level include a free foursome in the Golf Scramble.

This annual event was founded by Pio Bruzzese, a Stamford father whose son, Vincent, was diagnosed with autism. For the past eight years, Vincent has participated in many special needs programs at the Darien Y, where he has had the opportunity to interact with children of different abilities.

Pio told the Darien YMCA about his reason for creating the event, “It is through this fundraiser that we hope to build on this wonderful foundation that has been created at the Darien YMCA to provide a setting where children with all different abilities can be respected for who they are and feel part of their community and wider society.”

The Darien Y is grateful for all of our Golf Scramble event sponsors including Platinum level sponsors: Abercrombie, Burns & McKiernan, Bankwell, Coastal Tile, Jantile and Stamford Hospital Foundation.

For more information about the event, sponsoring, or to register, contact Pio Bruzzese at (646) 660-5082 or at pbruzzese@nemotile.com.