Travelers Championship Highlights the Power of Charitable Giving Through Four Exceptional Young People

Travelers Championship Highlights the Power of Charitable Giving Through Four Exceptional Young People

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Monday, June 22, 2015 - 1:15pm

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The 2015 Travelers Championship began today at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. This year’s event features Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Ernie Els, Zach Johnson, and other top PGA TOUR players.

As part of the tournament’s commitment to generating funds and awareness for charity, four young individuals from Connecticut who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting charitable causes will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.

The 2015 Honorary Co-Chairs and their charitable initiatives are: Mackenzie Page – The Great Pumpkin Challenge; Chase Skrubis – Klubs for Kids; Ben Goldman – Ben Goldman’s Charity Corner; and Brittany Vose – Lustgarten Foundation 18-Hole Stroll. The Honorary Co-Chairs participated in Opening Ceremonies and will also take part in Closing Ceremonies and the FML CPAs Celebrity Mini Golf Tournament, which takes place on Wednesday, June 24.

“The Travelers Championship not only helps our business and the local economy, but it is also a platform that can help the smallest non-profit organizations enhance awareness for their cause and grow financially,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Travelers. “The inspirational stories from this year’s Honorary Co-Chairs are an example of why everyone at Travelers is proud to be a part of this world-class event.”

Since Travelers became title sponsor in 2007, the Travelers Championship has generated more than $8 million for more than 500 charities throughout New England, including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a summer camp for children battling serious illnesses.

In what is now a tradition at the Travelers Championship, PGA TOUR players will again have the chance to win $10,000 for the charity of their choice, donated by Travelers, during Tuesday’s practice round. The pros will compete for the first hole-in-one or closest to the pin on The Umbrella at 15 ½, a 40-foot floating green in the shape of the iconic Travelers red umbrella logo on the pond between holes 15 and 16. Past winners include Richard H. Lee, Justin Rose, Chad Campbell, Ricky Barnes, and Ben Kohles.

For the first time at the Travelers Championship, Operation Birdies will take place on the Military Appreciation Hole at TPC River Highlands throughout the competition rounds. Kaman will make a $100 donation to Birdies for the Brave Homefront Groups for every birdie that PGA TOUR professionals make on hole 17. The tournament will also recognize the military with free admission throughout the week for all active, reserve, and retired service members and their dependents.

Celebrities will be showing their support for charity on Women’s Day, hosted by Travelers, and the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am, with all proceeds from these events benefitting tournament charities. The Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am on June 24 will include George Lopez, Matt Lauer, Chris Berman, Ryan Sheckler, Tim Wakefield, Ray Allen, and other prominent personalities. Women’s Day will take place on June 25, featuring Martha Stewart and celebrity chef Cat Cora.

The competition rounds of the Travelers Championship will be played June 25-28. They will be broadcast live on Golf Channel from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT on Thursday and Friday; and on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT on Golf Channel and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT on CBS.

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