Tournament Has Raised More Than $29 Million Over The Past 60 Years For The Community
HARTFORD, Conn., October 19, 2011 – The Travelers Championship, Connecticut’s PGA TOUR event, announced today that the 2011 tournament generated $1,035,000 for more than 100 charities throughout the region. Since its inception in 1952, the tournament has raised more than $29 million for charity.
“The opportunity to generate more than $1 million for charity for the third straight year is remarkable, and would not have been possible without the continued support of our sponsors, volunteers and the thousands of fans who came out during tournament week,” said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. “The Travelers Championship continues to be recognized as a premier stop on the PGA TOUR, and as we prepare for 2012, we encourage everyone to show their support. Be it a charity participating in a fundraiser, sponsors utilizing the tournament to grow their business, or fans and volunteers coming out to be part of the excitement, this event is a community partnership that offers a role for everyone to be involved.”
The Travelers Championship donates 100 percent of net proceeds each year to nonprofit organizations throughout New England through a variety of fundraising programs. The Travelers Companies, Inc. has been affiliated with the tournament since it began and became title sponsor in 2007. Since then, the Travelers Championship has generated nearly $5 million for charity and an estimated economic impact of $135 million for the state of Connecticut over the five year period.
“At Travelers, we are pleased that the Travelers Championship has made such an impact on the community by generating significant dollars to help nonprofit organizations deliver support to those who need it most,” said Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Travelers. “Travelers is proud to be part of a world-class PGA TOUR event that benefits charity, and we appreciate the dedication of the volunteers, fans, sponsors, players and tournament staff who play a vital role in making the tournament a success.”
The Travelers Championship has impacted hundreds of charities over the years, including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp based in Ashford, Conn., which provides a different kind of healing to seriously-ill children. Through on-site and off-site programming as well as a Hospital Outreach Program currently active in 21 sites throughout the Northeast, Camp provides transformational friendships and universally accessible activities that empower children coping with diagnoses such as cancer, sickle cell anemia and hemophilia. In 2011, Camp programs will serve more than 17,500 children and their families. All services are free of charge.
“The Travelers Championship is so special not only because of the generous support provided by every sponsor and participant, but also because of the broad public awareness that it generates for our mission,” said James Canton, chief executive officer of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. “We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the Travelers Championship and lead sponsor Travelers for their devoted generosity and belief in our mission, which has allowed us to serve more seriously ill children and their families than ever before.”
More than 100 charities were beneficiaries of the 2011 Travelers Championship through hundreds of thousands of dollars raised in the Birdies for Charity pledge-based fundraiser and the Chip In for Charity ticket-sales fundraiser. Additionally, the Travelers Championship raised awareness and funds for local charities through a variety of special events like the Blum Shapiro 5K for Camp Courant, Walmart Classic for The First Tee of Connecticut, Military Appreciation presented by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Golf Digest Junior Pro-Am, Michael Bolton Benefit Concert, Women’s Day presented by Travelers, Newman’s Own Foundation Philanthropy Day and The REACH Concert Series.
For the fourth consecutive year, J.H. Cohn LLP was the presenting sponsor of Birdies for Charity, by supporting administration of the program and contributing to a bonus fund for the charities that raised the most money.
“J.H. Cohn LLP is proud to continue our partnership of this great community event. The Travelers Championship’s mission of giving back is complementary to our firm’s values,” said Frank Longobardi, managing partner for J.H. Cohn LLP Connecticut office. “Our firm is committed to supporting Birdies for Charity by providing all administrative support and creating a Birdies Bonus Bucks incentive program again in 2012. We urge all nonprofit organizations to explore this program and hope to see the funds raised continue to grow each year.”
J.H. Cohn LLP presented checks to the top 10 charities of the Birdies for Charity program. The First Tee of Connecticut raised $37,778.96 for their organization and received an additional $5,000 from J.H. Cohn LLP for finishing as the top charity in 2011.
Preparation has already begun for the 2012 Travelers Championship, which will be held June 18 – 24 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. The Travelers Championship offers special fundraising programs so that all nonprofit organizations in the region can utilize the event as an easy, effective fundraiser. For more information, please visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.