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Gold Key dinner moved to June 14

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance has rescheduled its 79th annual Gold Key dinner to Sunday, June 14, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Aqua Turf Club in the Plantsville section of Southington. Social hour begins at 1 p.m.

The dinner was originally scheduled to be held on April 26.

Tickets to the Gold Key dinner are $75 apiece, and may be reserved by contacting CSWA President Tim Jensen of Patch Media Corp. at Proceeds from the event benefit the Bo Kolinsky Memorial Sports Journalism Scholarship, named after a longtime Hartford Courant sportswriter and past CSWA president who died unexpectedly in 2003.

Gold Key Award recipients for 2020 are five legendary scholastic coaches: Cookie Bromage (Enfield field hockey), Joe Grippo (Morgan girls volleyball and girls basketball), Lou Milardo (Hale-Ray softball), Ricky Shook (Danbury wrestling) and Angela Tammaro (Greenwich Academy field hockey and lacrosse).

The Gold Key is presented to athletes, coaches and administrators who have made noteworthy contributions to Connecticut's rich athletic heritage.

Baseball Hall of Fame honoree Claire Smith, 2017 recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, will receive the President’s Award.

Other award winners who will be recognized at the banquet include:

  • Hank O’Donnell Female Athlete of the Year: Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun

  • Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year: Alfonso Vazquez Villar, Windham High

  • Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year: Bobby Pattison, Newtown football and Kitty Palmer, Guilford field hockey

  • John Wentworth Good Sport Awards: Ben Aleks, Somers; Paul Duddy, Mystic; Steve Krevisky, Middletown; Bill O’Brien, Stratford; Bill Santillo, New Haven

  • Hal Levy High School Recognition Award: Dave Johnson, Monroe

  • Bob Casey Courage Award: Caden Gesualdi, Ellington High

  • Bo Kolinsky Special Recognition Award: Elizabeth Fry, Westport

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