In 1971, The Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, Inc. was established as a grant-giving entity by the Greater Hartford Jaycees, Inc. with the help of Bob Murphy, who donated part of his winnings as 1970 Greater Hartford Open Champion. Bob Murphy’s heartfelt donation was an affirmation of the tireless efforts of the Jaycee volunteers who had been operating the Tournament as their sole fund raiser since 1952. His one-time donation allowed us to evolve into the highly respected Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation, proving that one person can make a difference in the lives of others.

The Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life in Greater Hartford area by supporting programs for the disadvantaged, elderly, youth, and disabled through grants and scholarships. These awards are funded by proceeds from the Greater Hartford Open, a PGA Tournament which is the Jaycees' sole fund-raiser. As the Foundation also seeks to promote the goals of the Jaycees; leadership, individual, and community development, the membership is involved in the review and decision making processes of all proposals.

The Foundation has funded program services in the Greater Hartford Area for over 30 years. By 2008, the Foundation has awarded over $16 million in total grants and scholarships since its inception.

For information on the Foundation 2014 Grant cycles, please click here


2014 Board of Directors


Chairman of the Board: Christopher Silveira (
President: William Lee Jr.

Secretary: Juliana Carrillo

Vice President of Grants: Shaun Sheridan
Treasurer: Gregory Macleod
Director: Ryan J. Freidman
Director: Rebecca Anderson
Legal Counsel: Ryan V. Leichsenring