Golf charity event held for Petit Family Foundation


Updated: Monday, 22 Jul 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

Published : Monday, 22 Jul 2013, 6:48 PM EDT


Jocelyn Maminta

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)-- Remembering the good in all drew a huge crowd of supporters and golfers to a charity event benefiting the Petit Family Foundation. The lives of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and daughters Hayley and Michaela were on the minds of family and friends.


Rows of golf carts fanned out to the fairways of The Country Club of Farmington.


"This is just a happy day, it's family, it's friends, it's acquaintances," said Dr. William Petit Jr.


They're all here teeing off for a good cause, the Petit Family Foundation.


The non-profit was created by Dr. Bill Petit Jr. in celebration of the lives of his wife and two daughters killed during a home invasion.


The goal is to raise at least a $100,000, earmarked for the mission of the foundation.       


"The education of young people, especially in sciences to help protect people affected by violence and to help the education of people with chronic illnesses," said Dr. Petit Jr.


Among those playing, former Villanova Men's Basketball head coach Steve Lappas.


"Who didn't have their heart broken by the whole thing, and so to have a chance to come up here with some friends, see Dr. Petit and be part of his great function here is something I just couldn't pass up," said Coach Lappas.


Lynda Prigodich has not missed one yet.


"We've got three extra angels in heaven right now and but we need to show him our support every day, and year, after year, after year," said Prigodich.


A documentary on what happened to the Petit women is set to air on cable television.


When asked if he wants to see it. Dr. Petit Jr. said "I don't know. I'll hear from other people on what they think and then make a decision."


Meantime, it's a day of good memories and giving thanks.  


"It's a beautiful day,  thanks everybody for your support," said Dr. Petit Jr.


That documentary on the Cheshire home invasion airs Monday night. The film looks at the events of that day back in 2007 and asks the question could the crime have been prevented?


The documentary, called "The Cheshire Murders," airs at 9 PM, Monday night on HBO.