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Golfers Give a GIFT Despite Rain

Golfers braved the rain at Griffith E. Harris Golf Course for the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce inaugural golf outing. Play was suspended for half an hour, but golfers were determined to support the beneficiary of the outing, the Greenwich Initiative for Tomorrow.

GIFT was formed last year after many businesses in downtown Greenwich closed due to the recession. The aim of the initiative is to attract business owners back to Greenwich and encourage development of the residential community.

"We're probably one of the very few chambers in the entire country that has never done a golf outing," chamber President and CEO, Mary Ann Morrison said. "When the economy went south, we realized there was going to have to be a dramatic change to promote the well-being of Greenwich, particularly of the business community."

The Carlucci-McCann Group, a marketing, communications and consulting firm, originally suggested the benefits of the golf outing to the chamber and volunteered to staff the event. The event boasted 72 golfers representing businesses and organizations throughout Greenwich.

The Chamber of Commerce Chair, Paul Mercado, said he realizes the importance of GIFT to Greenwich and hopes its efforts will lead to changes for the better for the city.

"The [Greenwich] Initiative for Tomorrow is a recognition by business leaders in Greenwich that we have to do something to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps," Mercado said. "I think the great thing about the Initiative is that it pulls in the residential community with the business community┬ľnot emphasizing one to the detriment of the other."

For more information on GIFT, visit the Chamber of Commerce website .

In photo from left to right: Michael Ross of Greenwich, Mark Rosenbloom of Falls Village, Jeff Robinson and Fred Klashman, both of Stamford

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