Professional golfer and New Canaan High graduate Duncan Littlefield, New York Mets Third Base Coach and Greenwich native Tim Teufel, Stepping Stones Museum for Children Board Member John S. Foster of Wilton, and Roger Knick of the Golf Performance Center in Ridgefield, are all smiles on the course at the Museum’s Swing Into It! Golf Tournament at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich on October 3rd. Proceeds from Swing Into It! benefit the museum’s Open Arms initiative, which makes it possible for every child, family and school to enjoy the museum’s exhibits, gallery activities and themed events regardless of financial, language or special needs barriers. Tim Teufel was the event’s featured guest. (contributed photo)
Norwalk, CT - Golf enthusiasts and supporters of Stepping Stones Museum for Children returned to The Stanwich Club in Greenwich in October to celebrate a special milestone for the museum’s Swing Into It! Golf Tournament. This year marked the tenth anniversary of Swing Into It! The 2013 golf tournament raised nearly $50,000. In its ten year history, the event has raised nearly $1.1 million. Proceeds from Swing Into It! benefit Open Arms, an initiative to ensure that the museum’s award-winning educational exhibits and programs are accessible to underserved communities in the region.
Swing Into It! featured a luncheon followed by a round of golf on the esteemed Stanwich Club golf course, cocktails, buffet dinner reception, raffle and silent auction. Golfers were treated to a fun day at the golf course with special guest and local baseball legend Tim Teufel, who played a round with participants and spun a few tales about his career in the big leagues afterward. Teufel, a Greenwich native and key contributor on the New York Mets’ famed 1986 World Championship team, played 11 years in the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins, Mets and San Diego Padres. Coaching in professional baseball since 2001, Teufel has worked as the Mets third base coach and infield coach for the past two seasons.
Also among this year’s participants was Bridgeport Bluefish manager, Willie Upshaw. Upshaw, a former Major Leaguer with the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians, had more than 1,200 hits and 120 home runs in 10 big league seasons. Upshaw has been the manager of the Bluefish since 2009. It is his second stint in the role. He was the team’s first manager from 1998 – 2000 before leaving to coach in the Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants organizations. This was Upshaw’s fourth year participating in Swing Into It! to help raise money for Stepping Stones.
Dan Zarkowsky of Manhattan, Steve Raich of Stamford, Brian Ramsay of Darien and John Secor of Darien, stop to pose near the picturesque 13th hole at The Stanwich Club in Greenwich during Stepping Stones Museum for Children’s Swing Into It! Golf Tournament. Ramsay, a golf tournament committee member, and Raich represented Greenwich-based Littlejohn & Co., LLC, which has served as a Swing Into It! sponsor during all 10 years of its existence. (contributed photo)
The annual Swing Into It! Golf Tournament directly supports the Open Arms initiative created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children. This important program makes it possible for every child, family and school to enjoy the museum’s exhibits, gallery activities and themed events regardless of financial, language or special needs barriers. Reaching more than 65,000 children, caregivers and teachers throughout the region this year, the program offers Get Into It! FREE evenings on the first Thursday of every month, along with free of charge traveling exhibits for schools and numerous educational, informational and learning experiences for parents and children.
Sponsors for the Swing Into It! Golf Tournament included:
The W. Whitney George Family
Alvarez & Marsal Holdings, LLC
Bourgeon Capital Management, LLC
Day Pitney LLC
The Foster Family Fund
Sean P. Griffiths
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Littlejohn & Co., LLC
Morrison Cohen LLP
Old Greenwich Capital Partners
Pierson & Smith, A Division of First Niagara Risk Management, Inc.
Polo Ralph Lauren
The Ramsay Family
The Williams Family
Fairfield County Bank Insurance
Swing Oil Beer Co.
William J. Fessler Family Dentistry
Stepping Stones Museum for Children is an award winning, private, non-profit 501 (c )(3) children’s museum committed to broadening and enriching the lives of children.
For more information about the museum, to book a field trip or schedule a class, workshop or facility rental call 203-899-0606 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org.