Chris Donovan to co-chair CRT golf tourney July 10

Foothills Media Group | May 18, 2012 |

AVON — Community Renewal Team’s third annual “Tee Off with Women” golf tournament, to benefit domestic violence prevention programs, got a boost with its two new co-chairs announced recently.

Acting Connecticut Child Advocate Mickey Kramer and Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives Chris Donovan will lead this year’s tournament, July 10 at the Blue Fox Run golf course in Avon.

Last year’s tournament raised $23,000 and was co-chaired by Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman and former Connecticut Child Advocate Jeannie Milstein.

Community Renewal Team Inc. is the designated Community Action Agency for Middlesex and Hartford Counties and is the largest non-profit provider of human services in Connecticut.

Proceeds from this year’s tournament will benefit Interval House and CRT programs that benefit women leaving relationships in which they have experienced domestic violence.

Interval House serves survivors of domestic violence, primarily women and children, throughout Central Connecticut with locations in Hartford, Manchester and Simsbury.

Working closely with many area shelters, CRT’s Supportive Housing Program provides rental subsidies and intensive case management in sites around Central Connecticut.

Kramer, a registered nurse, is a staunch advocate for domestic violence prevention, as evidenced by her more than 30 years’ experience working with at-risk families in the community health field. Kramer previously served as the Associate Child Advocate since 2004.

Speaker Donovan, of Meriden, has made domestic violence prevention a top legislative priority throughout his political career. He convened a task force on domestic violence in 2009 that has been instrumental in bringing stronger and tougher laws to prevent violence against women and assist victims of domestic violence in Connecticut.

United Parcel Service of America, Inc. is set to return for the second year as the “ace sponsor” at the event, pledging $20,000 in support.

UPS will also send foursomes to golf in the tournament. Along with the yearly contribution, UPS provides ‘Tee Off,’ the company has helped establish a community garden in Hartford and has also recently provided a generous grant that secured new computers for 25 CRT Early Care and Education classrooms.

‘Tee Off’ attracts approximately 100 golfers each year, and spots do remain on this year’s roster. The cost is $175 per player, which covers golf with a cart, lunch and dinner, and many perks from vendors on hand. Players may register singly or in foursomes.

For more information or to register, please call Nancy Shapiro at 860-560-5471 or go to

The event is part of CRT’s ongoing Campaign to End Domestic Violence.

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