At Greenwich Country Club, the Turkey Open is the culmination of the club’s golf season and a long-standing tradition in which every player receives a turkey for the holiday. Rather than keep the turkeys this year, the 100 players opted to donate them.
“Now more than ever we recognize the importance of reaching out to our neighbors who need and deserve a little help this holiday season. Both the Greenwich United Way and Kids In Crisis provide critical programs for our community and we are honored to support them,” said GCC member Karen Hopp, who helped coordinate the donations.
Greenwich United Way received turkeys specifically for families participating in GPAT (Greenwich Parents as Teachers), a program that works with parents living at or below the poverty line. GPAT helps prepare children for kindergarten so they begin their education on equal playing field as classmates who have received extensive early childhood preschool education. GPAT is the birth to 3 prong of the Greenwich United Way’s Early Childhood Achievement Gap Solutions Program.
“Thank you to GCC for this amazing donation of turkeys,” said Shari Shapiro, executive director of Kids In Crisis. “The turkeys are being distributed to the families of Kids In Crisis, both past and present, across several of our programs as well as our Safe Haven shelter, and will certainly make the holiday brighter. Kids In Crisis is grateful to the generosity of the members of GCC.”