10th Annual Golf Classic at Darien's Wee Burn Raises $185K for Maritime Aquarium

NORWALK, CT – Among a field of 96 golfers, nine Fairfield men stepped up – in golf shoes – to help support The Maritime Aquarium of Norwalk on May 24 and help raise more than $185,000 during the 10th annual Golf Classic at Wee Burn Country Club in Darien.

The nine Fairfielders were Michael Diamond, Jeff Dunne, John Gover, Mark Keeney, Pat McAulliffe, Jason Meersman, Josh Olson, Scott Raasch and Fred Yanni.

“This event is always a fun and memorable outing, but more so this year as it was the first large-scale fundraiser hosted by the Aquarium since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out last year, and of course since protocols have eased this spring,” said Danielle Tranzillo, the Aquarium’s director of Development. “We thank the 96 golfers who turned out and contributed so much, and also the Wee Burn Country Club for again hosting us on their beautiful course and fabulous facilities.”

The event included a delectable lunch to start the day, followed by 18 holes of golf, animal encounters, live music by members of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra, and a relaxed sunset dinner.

Funds raised from the Golf Classic support the Aquarium’s living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. 

Fairfield County Bank was presenting sponsor, with co-presenting sponsors New Canaan Funding and Spinnaker Real Estate Partners LLC.

Learn more about the Aquarium’s special events, exhibits, programs and more this summer at www.maritimeaquarium.org.

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WINNERS PHOTO: (From left) John Harvey of Darien, Jason Meersman of Fairfield, Mike Paliotta of Westport and Josh Olson of Fairfield won the low gross prize during The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk’s 10th annual Golf Classic on May 24 at Wee Burn Country Club. More than $185,000 was raised as 96 area professionals supported the Aquarium’s living exhibits, marine science and environmental education. Learn more about exhibits, programs and more this summer at www.maritimeaquarium.org. Photo credit: Maritime Aquarium