Calvanese Charity Golf Tournament
“Let’s have a golf
tournament,” suggested Anthony L. Urillo, CEO of the Step Saver,
to his business associate Joseph LaPlume, then President of the former
Bank of Southington. “Great idea,” came the reply. Soon it was learned
that another business associate of the bank, Joseph Calvanese, Jr.
was also interested in
running a golf tournament; The First Annual Southington
Charity Golf Tournament was born. The mission of the tournament was to
raise money for local charities.
For the first two years
the tournament kept the name Southington Charity Golf Tournament. Prior
to the third year Mr. Urillo suggested naming the event in honor of Kay
Calvanese – in recognition of her personal commitment to local charities
and causes. The event became The Kay Calvanese Memorial Charity Golf
Tournament. When her husband died in 1994, it was decided it add his name
as well to the fundraiser, to give it the current name of
The Joe and Kay Calvanese Memorial Charity Golf Tournament.
Since its inception, the
golf tournament has generated thousands of dollars in funds,
which have been donated locally through the Calvanese Charity Foundation.
Until the retirement of Anthony Urillo; The Step Saver and The Observer
had been instrumental in promoting the charity golf tournament and helping
it to develop into
one of the most popular and profitable fundraising events in Southington.
with the Aqua Turf Club, whose exceptional food, exemplary service and
community generosity is well known; the event has grown each year.
The event is now managed
by a Tournament Committee comprised of members
from the Calvanese Foundation Board of Directors and staff of the Aqua
Committee Members are Anthony J. Urillo, Kathy Reinhard, Alyssa
Kris Mach-Urillo and Debbie Porter.