Part of the Team: Rettig Helps Raise $380K to Benefit Cure Rare Disease
Dave Rettig will tell you he’s just part of a team that’s supporting a very important effort, but his friends and co-workers say otherwise. In August, Dave co-chaired a golf tourney that raised seven times the goal—more than $380,000—to benefit national non-profit Cure Rare Disease (CRD). Boston-based CRD works to support the development of life-saving therapeutics for children affected by rare diseases.
“CRD said this was the most successful event they have ever had. In no small part, it was because of Dave’s incredible hard work,” says friend and event co-chair Lynn DeJoseph, who contacted The Courier because she, and many others, feel Dave has had so much to do with the event’s success.
The tourney was a charitable project supported by East River Energy (ERE), where Dave is retail manager. Locally owned and operated in Guilford since 1984, ERE provides heating oil and propane to thousands of customers statewide. ERE is a national sponsor of CRD.
Dave and his wife Laurie are also long-time friends of ERE President/CEO Don Herzog and his wife, Nancy Herzog. The four knew each other from their high school days in West Haven (Dave and Don played football together) and went on to raise their families as friends. The couples also both settled in Branford (the Rettigs have lived in town for about 35 years). Dave even coached Don’s son, Jesse (now ERE’s vice president), in youth football.