9th Annual MJ Petretto Golf Classic


Today is the last day to sign up for the 9th Annual M.J. Petretto Foundation Golf Classic, from which a portion of the proceeds benefit Guilford ABC. Singles and duos welcome as well as foursomes at the Clinton Country Club. $220/per person includes lunch, golf, happy hour with cash bar, dinner, prizes and awards. Proceeds benefit local non-profits including Guilford ABC. For more information or to sign up to play on behalf of Guilford ABC, email contact@mjpfoundation.org.

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Please take three minutes to help Guilford ABC during the 36 hours of 2018 The Great Give!


  • On May 1-May 2, starting at 8AM on May 1, go to the Guilford ABC page on The Great Give website (click here).
  • Our donation site will come up with a “Donate” button. Make a donation to us and/or to any of the great participating nonprofit organizations in greater New Haven.
  • You will have 36 hours to make your donation. All giving will end at 7:59PM on May 2.

You also can go online anytime and make a donation in advance.

Guilford ABC is an exceptional organization! We hope you’ll take this opportunity to help us keep this program moving forward, lessening the educational divide for promising young scholars of color.

Thank you in advance for your support.


Thank you for supporting the Guilford ABC Mo Pleasure Concert!

Thank you for supporting the Guilford ABC-Mo Pleasure Concert! Grateful to all the volunteers who helped make this event such a success. Mo shared a great night and amazing musical journey.... a wonderful career with renowned artists from around the world!Morris Pleasur, we congratulate you on being the first inductee to GHS Hall of Fame for Arts and Sciences-well deserved! Proud to call Guilford home. Photo by Judy Barbosa, Guilford resident and friend of Mo. (Watch for more photos, coming soon!) #guilfordabc #onevoice #mopleasure

Mo Pleasure Friday Night Reception

Guilford ABC hosted a Friday night reception at Anthony's in Guilford, where we welcomed Morris Pleasure and his wife Lori Pleasure who is an ABC Alumni.  With anticipation for the upcoming concert, the ABC scholars enjoyed an evening of mingling with ABC board members, Hole in the Wall staff, ABC staff and various supporters of our program. It was a nice evening to introduce the scholars and for them to meet and greet our guests!  (Photos by Judy Barbosa) #GuilfordABC  #mopleasureconcert  #abetterchance


Mo Pleasure Benefit Concert, March 24


Tickets are now on sale for the eagerly-awaited Mo Pleasure Concert to benefit Guilford A Better Chance.

After sold out concerts in 2014 and 2016, Guilford ABC is excited to have our hometown musician return for this much-anticipated community event on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at 7:30pm in the Performing Arts Center of the Guilford High School.

Mention the name Morris Pleasure and you immediately think Ray Charles, Roberta Flack, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Michael Jackson. But locally we know him as Mo, raised here in Guilford. His father, Robert Pleasure, was the long-time principal of the A.W. Cox Elementary School and one of the founders of Guilford ABC. Mo met his future wife, Lori Harris Pleasure, when she arrived from Cleveland, Ohio, in the second year of the Guilford ABC program. In 2009, in the spirit of giving back to his community, Mo produced the first of a series of concerts which today attracts more than 600 fans for this exciting shoreline event that directly benefits Guilford ABC. The concert brings nationally renowned musicians to perform alongside Mo.

Now in its 44th year, Guilford ABC — A Better Chance —is dedicated to helping close the opportunity gap for academically talented minority students from educationally disadvantaged communities. Guilford ABC prepares its scholars to succeed academically and to take leadership roles in all their future endeavors. Guilford became one of the nation’s earliest ABC public school programs and is currently one of 27 public-school, community-based programs nationally. Today, six young women live in the Guilford ABC House during the academic year with a resident director and resident tutor. Our Board of Directors offers guidance and support to our scholars, as do many volunteers in our community. Our scholars not only develop confidence and leadership as they work on a college-track over four years, but also prepare as active, effective contributors and leaders to society. More than 70 Guilford ABC scholars have graduated from Guilford High School and gone on to successfully complete college as a direct result of our community’s support and effort!

Guilford ABC is funded entirely by donations, an annual appeal, revenue from the Hole in the Wall consignment shop, and this Mo Pleasure Benefit Concert.

Click here to order your tickets today!

For more information about tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Marie Berry, marieberry5@comcast.net.