Golf tournament to support those with disabilities

Family enjoying STAR’s benefit Golf Tournament.
Family enjoying STAR’s benefit Golf Tournament.

STAR’s second annual Family & Friends Golf Tournament will be a 9-hole best ball scramble with a shotgun start on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 3-5 p.m., at the Silvermine Golf Club, 95 North Seir Hill Road, Norwalk. The event supports those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

There will be complimentary beer, soft drinks and snacks on the course. There also will be prizes for closest to the pin, longest drive and team low gross along with a raffle. Golf will play from 3-5 p.m. followed by a grilled buffet dinner from 5-7 p.m. with cash bar. Non-golfers and family members may join golfers for the buffet with specially priced dinner tickets.

Tickets for golf and BBQ may be purchased at For sponsorship opportunities, contact Peter Saverine, director of philanthropy, 203-846-9581, ext. 302 or

Katie Banzhaf, STAR’s Executive Director, is pleased to see the event back due to popular demand. “We were very excited last year to have a sell-out crowd of golfers who were joined by an equal number of family members and friends for the BBQ. The setting at Silvermine in September is idyllic and we are very grateful to the golf club staff for their gracious hosting of our fundraiser.”

Tickets to golf are $150 per person, $500 per foursome and $125 for youth under 18. Family members/non-players are welcome to join afterwards for the BBQ buffet for $40 per person or $90 for family of three or more.

All proceeds benefit STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way’s programs and services for infants, children, and adults impacted by I/DD in Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Stamford.

STAR was established in 1952 by parents who believed that children with intellectual and developmental disabilities were entitled to the same basic opportunities as other children. Today, STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is a nonprofit organization that has grown to include a full array of services for more than 600 individuals with disabilities, from birth to their senior years and their families. STAR’s mission is to create opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. They inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals. Services include early intervention services for infants and preschoolers; family support services; job assessment and training; recreation and leisure activities; and support to adults in group homes and apartments.

For more information about STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way, visit