Kevin Wall said this week his father would likely be surprised to find a golf outing in his name — since he was not a golfer — but it has been a big success in boosting efforts he would undoubtedly support.
The 17th Annual Arthur J. Wall Jr. Golf Outing is set for Friday, Sept. 18, at Whitney Farms Golf Course in Monroe. Registration and breakfast begins at 7:15, with a shotgun start at 8:15. The day concludes with a cocktail hour and reception from 12:30 to 4:30.
Registration is $200 per player; $195 if paid in advance online. Prizes will be awarded for longest drive, closest to pin, and low gross. There will also be a raffle and live auction.
The golf outing raises money for the Arthur J. Wall Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a $5,000 prize each to a male and female student athlete “who represent the best Wilton High has to offer,” according to the organization. Since its founding in 1999, the scholarship fund has awarded more than $110,000 to 26 Wilton High graduates.
Since 2012 the fund has also helped nonprofits that support the local community and families. Past recipients have been Trackside Teen Center in 2012, Wilton Police Gift Fund in 2013, and the Wilton Youth Council last year. Each has received a $5,000 donation. This year’s recipient will be announced at the golf outing.
The event has been a labor of love for Kevin Wall, who said his father “was never a limelight kind of guy,” but he gave generously to the community and the outing has been a way for the community to give back.
“Dad died in February  and six months later we had our first event,” Wall said. “It’s probably the best way to raise funds and have fun doing it.”
A hundred players showed up that first year, and for the past five or six the number has been steadily more than 130.
When asked what brought the family to Wilton in 1981, Wall said “my dad worked for IBM. We moved every three years. I came here as a 10-year-old and he told us this would be our final move. … I think he went through the areas around here and he liked what he saw in Wilton. I’m not going to disagree with him,” added Wall who lives here with his wife and three children and is the owner of Scoops.
While he was alive, Art Wall Jr. was active in a number of civic organizations including Parks and Recreation, Wilton Chamber of Commerce, Wilton Sports Council and football and lacrosse booster clubs. He and his wife Sue Wall co-chaired Wilton’s first class project — Project ’88 — which put on the first post-graduation party the year Kevin got his diploma.
“He worked for IBM until his death at 59,” Wall said of his father. “That’s the only job he ever had.”