Hollanders organize fundraiser for HDI victim's families

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Fri., Jul. 15, 2011
On August 3, 2010, eight employees of Hartford Distributors lost their lives in a tragic shooting incident.  Photo by Martha Marteney.
On August 3, 2010, eight employees of Hartford Distributors lost their lives in a tragic shooting incident. Photo by Martha Marteney.

Nearly a year has passed since the tragic shooting incident at Hartford Distributors that claimed the lives of eight victims. But for the families of the victims and for the employees of HDI, the tragedy lives on.

“It's 24/7,” said Marissa Busiere, who has been with HDI for 24 years. “I live it every day.” Busiere was at work on Aug. 3, 2010, when the shootings took place. Speaking about the victim's families, she said, “I can't image their lives and their children's.”

“They were eight great men, with eight great families,” said Busiere about Bryan Cirigliano, Victor James, Craig Pepin, Edwin Kennison, Jr., Doug Scrutin, William Ackerman, Louis Fedler, Jr. and Francis Fazio, Jr. “We can't replace them, but we can take care of their families as much as possible.”

In order to help raise funds for the victims' families, Hartford Distributors/Franklin Fine Beers, the Hollander and Stack families are hosting The Second Annual Bubba's Blue Jean Open golf tournament on Monday, July 25 at the Tunxis Plantation Country Club. WFSB's Scot Haney will be joining the event.

The Second Annual Bubba's Blue Jean Open will raise funds for two causes: the HDI memorial fund and a new Liver Care Center at Hartford Hospital. According to Marcy Hollander, donors can decide which cause, or a combination of the two, to support with their donations.

The Hartford Hospital Transplant Program gave “Bubba” Bob Hollander 9 years of life after an organ transplant in 2000. It is one of the oldest and most successful transplant programs in New England and the program is moving forward with a new comprehensive Liver Care Center that is greatly needed in the region.

“Every little bit helps,” said Hollander about the donations to the families of the HDI shooting victims. “They weren't just our employees,” noted Hollander. “This is a family business.” She is hoping to raise enough funds through the golf tournament and related donations to give each family several thousand dollars. Each family decides how to best use the funds, such as mortgage payments or college education costs.

“I lost my husband, too,” said Hollander, relating to the tragedy experienced by the families. She hopes that the donations can at least relieve some of the financial stress the families are still experiencing.

To register for the golf tournament, contact Marissa Busiere, HDI Customer Service, at 860-643-2337. The cost is $175 per player, which includes green fees, cart fees, tournament gift bag, lunch on the course, awards and dinner. Registration can be done as a foursome or as an individual.

Non-golfers are also invited to join the event for dinner and the awards reception following the tournament, as well as a silent auction. The price for dinner is $60 per person, and beer and wine is included. Seats are limited.

Donations to the Teamsters local 1035 HDI Memorial Fund may also be made directly to HDI, c/o Bubba's Blue Jean Open, 131 Chapel Road, Manchester, CT 06042. Checks should be made payable to the Teamsters Local 1035 Hartford Distributors Memorial.


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