Rugby Cup Raises Funds for Catholic Charities

FAIRFIELD—Last year was the inaugural year for the Catholic Charities Rugby Cup. The event was the idea of Board Member Pete Maloney who was looking for a fun and unique way to raise money for the agency’s programs and gain awareness from a new population of supporters. Pete turned to Mike Pappa from Fairfield Yankees Rugby for assistance. Together they came up with the idea for a charity rugby tournament.

This year’s event was even more successful than last year. The Catholic Charity Rugby Cup took place on June 15 within Rafferty Stadium on the Fairfield University Campus. In addition to Fairfield University, the event was sponsored by the Friends of Fairfield Rugby Club, OKC Automation, O’Keefe Controls Co., Ryan Dental, Soccer & Rugby Imports, Grace O’Malley’s Fairfield and Sacred Heart University.

The end result of a long Round Robin Tournament produced the following victors: Fairfield U12, Westport PAL U14, Staple High School, New Haven won the Women’s Division, and Fairfield Yankees won the Men’s Division.

Director of Development Bob Donahue hopes this event will continue next year stating “The proceeds raised from this year’s event will benefit both the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport and our Behavioral Health services.” The event raised $4,500.

(If you are interested in learning more about becoming involved in next year’s Rugby Cup, please contact Bob Donahue at [email protected])

Written by Amy Zajac as seen on the Fairfield County Catholic website.

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