14 Feb

$1.1 MILLION FOR CHARITY

2010 TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP PROCEEDS BENEFIT MORE THAN 130 CHARITIES THROUGHOUT THE REGION

HARTFORD, Conn., Oct. 20, 2010 – The Travelers Championship, Connecticut’s PGA TOUR event, announced today that the 2010 tournament generated $1,100,000, nearly a 70 percent increase from 2007.  The money generated from the tournament will benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, the Greater Hartford Jaycees, and more than 130 other charities throughout New England.

“We are pleased to be able to surpass $1 million in charitable giving for the second straight year, which would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, volunteers and fans,” said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. “The Travelers Championship offers many ways to partner with one of Connecticut’s largest sporting events. 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 truly a community partnership that offers a role for everyone to be involved.”

In support of the PGA TOUR’s Tradition of Giving Back, the Travelers Championship donates 100 percent of net proceeds to charity and offers a variety of fundraising programs as part of the tournament. Since the tournament’s inception in 1952, the Travelers Championship has generated more than $28 million for charity. The Travelers Companies, Inc. has been affiliated with the tournament since it began, and the company became title sponsor of the event in 2007 helping to make the Travelers Championship one of the premier events on the PGA TOUR.

“Travelers is proud to be part of an event that has a major impact for charitable organizations and the individuals who benefit from the services they provide,” said Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Travelers. “Continually growing the amount generated for charity is a demonstration of the ongoing success of this tournament. We are pleased to be involved with an event that continues to expand and are grateful for the commitment of the volunteers, fans, sponsors, players and tournament staff, whose hard work and dedication helped to make the Travelers Championship a world-class event. We are excited to reach yet another record for charitable giving and look forward to generating even more funds in 2011.”

Located in Ashford, Conn., The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a residential summer camp and year-round center designed to serve children and families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses. At the Camp, youngsters with diagnoses including cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS and hemophilia have the time of their lives, while participating in boating, crafts, swimming, performing arts and more. The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp offers additional programs in the off-season for campers, their families and healthcare professionals. The organization serves 15,000 children each year with more than half of the children coming from low-income backgrounds and all of the Camp’s services are provided free of charge.

“The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is honored to be part of the Travelers Championship. What makes this PGA TOUR event so special is not only the significant proceeds generated from every sponsor and participant, but the broad public awareness it provides for the Camp’s mission of bringing hope and healing to children with serious illnesses,” said Chief Development Officer J. Michael “Mike” Smiles of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. “The Travelers Championship and its lead sponsor Travelers are true partners in the mission of Camp, helping children and families who are coping every day with the challenge of serious illness.”

The Greater Hartford Jaycees is a membership organization for 21 – 41 year olds with a mission of leadership development through community service. Members of the Greater Hartford Jaycees are regularly seen in the community building playgrounds, delivering Thanksgiving turkeys to those in need, distributing Easter baskets to underprivileged children and facilitating youth leadership programs for high school students. In addition, the Greater Hartford Jaycees annually distributes thousands of dollars in scholarships and grants throughout the region.

“The Greater Hartford Jaycees is grateful to the thousands of fans, sponsors and volunteers who were part of the 2010 Travelers Championship, all of whom played a direct role in generating this donation,” said Shaun Sheridan, president of the Greater Hartford Jaycees Foundation. “Through our involvement with the Travelers Championship, members of the Jaycees are able to develop leadership skills by organizing volunteers. With this donation, the organization will positively impact the community through scholarships for young people, grants for various charitable organizations and important community programming, such as Thanksgiving food baskets for those in need.”

More than 130 additional Connecticut charities were beneficiaries of the 2010 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 special events like the Blum Shapiro 5K for Charity, Military Appreciation, Women’s Day and the Golf Digest Junior Pro-Am.

For the third 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 2011. We urge all Connecticut nonprofits 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 $35,484 for their organization and received an additional $5,000 from J.H. Cohn LLP for finishing as the top charity in 2010. The First Tee of Connecticut more than doubled the amount raised by last year’s winning charity.

Preparation has already begun for the 2011 Travelers Championship, which will be held June 20 – 26 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.

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