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Longtime Event Golfer Bags Hole-in-One on 7th Hole to Take Home Corvette Stingray at Waveny’s “Swinging for Seniors”

Longtime Event Golfer Bags Hole-in-One on 7th Hole to Take Home Corvette Stingray at Waveny’s “Swinging for Seniors”

Posted on June 12, 2015

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Categories: Fundraising & Development, Waveny Events

Steve Karl of Karl Chevrolet; Winner, John Polera; Joanne Boyer, director of development for Waveny LifeCare Network and Jim Darling of First County Bank with John’s 2015 Corvette Stingray prize.

The unthinkable happened in Waveny’s 13th year of “Swinging for Seniors,” when longtime event golfer, John Polera, bagged a hole-in-one with his 6 iron on the 7th hole at the Country Club of New Canaan to take home the 2015 Corvette Stingray prize valued at $75,000, sponsored by Karl Chevrolet.

The celebrated annual Golf & Tennis fundraising event directly funds Waveny’s financial assistance program, which supports residents and patients who cannot afford the full cost of their care within Waveny’s continuum of care, including Waveny Care Center, The Village, The Inn, and Waveny’s Adult Day Program.

Polera has played in Waveny’s “Swinging for Seniors” event for many years as part of First County Bank’s golf foursome. “Beyond how simply amazing this is,” said Joanne Boyer, Director of Development for Waveny LifeCare Network and event coordinator, “It’s particularly rewarding that all this excitement surrounds our longtime supporting sponsors, Karl Chevrolet and First County Bank, who have both played a huge role in our event’s success over the past 13 years.”

“After I struck the ball, I saw it was going right toward the flag and I said to myself, ‘This could be a pretty good shot,’ thinking it would be close,” Polera told NewCanaanite.com. “And it landed on the green, took one bounce and rolled right into the middle of the cup. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ I said, ‘It disappeared. That ball went in.’ When it went in, I realized I had won a car. We were so excited, we wanted to run down to the green, we wanted to make sure it had gone in, because we were out so far, you can sometimes be fooled and it could be sitting behind the pin. When I went down there, it was there and I went back to take a picture of the placard that said, ‘You have won a car.’ I was so terribly excited. After that, I could barely contain myself. It’s awesome.”

Celebrating 40 years of serving the community, Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, Geriatric Care Management, an Adult Day Program available on weekdays with flexible hours, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at The Village and Care Center. For information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit www.waveny.org.