The Darien Y is planning for their third annual golf scramble fundraiser to benefit the Darien YMCA special needs programs. The golf scramble will be held on June 5, 2017, at the Griffith E. Harris Golf Club in Greenwich.

The Darien Y is the largest provider of special needs programs in our community with annual participation rates of over 600 individuals. These programs include enrichment activities such as cooking and art, fitness programs including yoga and martial arts, clubs for girls, teens and young adults, as well as aquatics programs. Last year, the Darien Y provided $400,000 in funding for special needs programs, most which came from donations and fundraising. All proceeds from the Darien Y Golf Scramble will go towards Darien YMCA programs for children with special needs.

This annual event was founded by Pio Bruzzese, whose son, Vincent, was diagnosed with autism. For the past eight years, Vincent has participated in many special needs programs at the Darien Y, where he has had the opportunity to interact with children of different abilities. Pio told the Darien YMCA about his reason for creating the event, “It is through this fundraiser that we hope to build on this wonderful foundation that has been created at the Darien YMCA to provide a setting where children with all different abilities can be respected for who they are and feel part of their community and wider society.”

The golf scramble event involves breakfast, an 18-hole golf tournament, and a luncheon. Sponsorships are available at the $150, $1,000 and $2,000 level. Details about sponsorships and the event are on the Darien YMCA website at

For more information about the event, sponsoring, or to register, please contact Pio Bruzzese at (646) 660-5082 or at