Slots for foursomes remain for the New Canaan YMCA's 16th annual Golf Charity Outing on Thursday, May 16, at the Country Club of Fairfield. Proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA Special Needs Initiative, which provides specialized and traditional programming for children, teens, and young adults with special needs.

Through the YSN this past year, more than 100 children, teens and adults benefited from specialized and mainstream programming, employment and volunteer opportunities. In addition, the YMCA's Special Cares Camp program brings children with a variety of special needs into its mainstream summer camp programs, providing one-on-one aides at no additional cost to their families. Last year, the Y dedicated more than $80,000 to provide support staff for YSN programs and camp, allowing these young people to participate in these programs at no additional cost to their families.

"The YMCA golf outing is one of the more unique charity outings in the area," said Rick Selvala, one of the event co-chairmen. "Virtually every single individual who sponsors a foursome is a New Canaan resident, and whether they bring their friends or business acquaintances, the camaraderie among all the players is very special."

The other co-chairman, Chris Pohle, added, "For the past 15 years, this event has supported an important cause. The New Canaan YMCA continues to see an increase in the number of children and teens served by our recreational programs for those with special needs. Because so many agencies and communities are cutting services to these kids, our Y continues to help meet the challenge to fulfill this important need in our community."

For information or reservations, call Susan Cossette Eng, vice president of financial development, at 966-4528, ext. 142, or visit

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