Newington-based Bogies for the Brave raises money for local veterans

Published on Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:35
Written by Erica Drzewiecki


NEWINGTON – This is a town with a large population of veterans, and a recent event raised money to support their unmet needs.

The Newington-based non-profit Bogies for the Brave (BFTB) hosted its annual charity golf tournament at Hunter Golf Club in Meriden June 4.

“The Battle of the Branches” was sponsored in part by Juan Carlos Rodriguez, owner of Newington’s Puerto Vallarta Restaurant.

The competition featured teams representing different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Coast Guard, the Navy, the CT Air National Guard and the CT National Guard. There were also teams made up of civilians.

All funds raised went to benefit BFTB’s programs, which serve critically-injured military personnel, their families and children of soldiers killed in action.

Rodriguez sponsored Team Coast Guard, which he played on with four others.

“Not only did Juan sponsor the Coast Guard team, he also provided an on-course buffet for the entire tournament,” BFTB President Connie Mercer said. “Like the Coast Guard, he is Semper Paratus (Always Ready). Ready to help all of us to get a little bit better and do a little bit more.”

BFTB has raised over $150,000 since its founding in 2016. Funds go to provide service animals and adaptive equipment to disabled veterans, support for families and more. Learn more at

BFTB has an ongoing partnership with the Travelers Championship, through its Birdies for Charity program. The PGA tournament donates 15 cents to the charity for every dollar donated through this initiative. Donations can be made at

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Posted in Newington Town Crier, Newington News on Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:35. Updated: Wednesday, 22 June 2022 14:38.