After years of community involvement, M.J. Petretto established The M.J. Petretto Foundation in 2010. Its mission is to help fund local organizations that supporteducation, health and quality of life to build stronger Connecticut communities.

Inspiring MJ’s dream to create a permanent source of community funding was the near fatal auto accident that left her nephew Jesse unsure he would ever walk again. Thanks to family, friends and intensive rehabilitation received from Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, Connecticut, Jesse is walking again and helping to raise community awareness about the needs of spinal cord injury patients.

We are proud to announce that for the 8th year, the tournament will benefit Parkinson’s disease organizations that provide support and programs for patients. This donation is inspired by Linda Remington’s father Ray Przygocki, who lived with Parkinson’s.  It is the support and education from local programs such as VNA Community Healthcare’s Parkinson’s exercise classes and caregiver support group, and the Connecticut Parkinson’s Working Group (CPWG) that helps individuals cope with PD with grace, persistence and a touch of humor. There is hope a time will come very soon when there will be a cure for Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Spinal Cord Injury
Gaylord Specialty Healthcare
provides long term acute care and rehabilitation to patients. It serves the needs of persons who might never regain use of their limbs. Gaylord’s dream is to become a Neuro Motor Center that houses state of the science robotics and technology resources.

Parkinson’s Disease
VNA Community Health Care (in Guilford) provides a twice weekly Parkinson’s Exercise Class, a monthly Parkinson’s Family Caregiver Support Group, resource materials, expert speakers and a local venue for camaraderie and information sharing. Connecticut Parkinson’s Working Group is a forum of persons with PD who share information, concerns and actively work on challenges posed by PD. The group holds golf outings, regular meetings (in Middletown), publishes a newsletter and collaborates with the medical community on enhanced treatments and research.

Shoreline Arts Alliance Partnering for Success, located in Guilford, Connecticut, has been cultivating artistic activity to encourage and educate artists and arts participates of all ages since 1980. By assisting affiliated art organizations SAA is helping to build the infrastructure of the arts on the Shoreline.

Guilford, A Better Chance-ABC House provides young minority women with high school and college opportunities.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds and awareness for 170 children’s hospitals nationwide. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Donations will benefit Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.

Each year The MJ Petretto Foundation Golf Classic will help fund Gaylord’s Spinal Cord Injury Program and other non profit Connecticut Organizations. The Foundation seeks sponsorship partners who will join the effort to raise the money needed to grow the Foundations gifts and gift recipients. We are pleased and thankful you choose to be a part of this fun and giving event.