Travelers Championship Raises Record $2.5 Million For Charity

The Travelers Championship has announced that $2.5 million has been donated to local Connecticut charities from the 2022 tournament.

CROMWELL, Conn. – Travelers Championship tournament director Nathan Grube continually says his favorite day of the year has nothing to do with long drives, crisp iron shots or memorable putts that produce birdies and eagles.

No, the day that Grube looks forward to every year is the Travelers Championship Charity Celebration when he announces how much the biggest sporting event in Connecticut raised for charity.

This week Grube’s pronouncement was of record proportions: $2,502,378. Slightly more was raised in 2016, but that included $1.1 million from a special dinner to raise money for the Bruce Edwards Foundation to combat ALS after the second round of the tournament. The event donates 100 percent of its net proceeds to charity and more than $25 million has been generated since Travelers virtually saved the tournament when it became the title sponsor in 2007.

“I say it all the time, but this is the best day of the year,” Grube said during the celebration at TPC River Highlands, the venue for the tournament since 1984. “It’s like your anniversary, birthday and Christmas all rolled into one.”

More than 140 charities benefitted from this year’s tournament, led again by the chief beneficiary, The Hole in the Wall Gang in Ashford founded by the late Paul Newman. A nice new touch to the charity breakfast was representatives from 10 nonprofits giving a synopsis of what they do. The group included The Hole in the Wall Gang, First Tee Connecticut, House of Heroes Connecticut, Special Olympics, Connecticut Foodshare, ReadyCT (educational opportunities), Medical Aid to Haiti, Hands On Hartford, Amy’s Angels (support for families with serious injuries) and Justice Dance Performance Project.

“The whole mission of the tournament aligns with the mission of the Travelers, concentrating on education,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Travelers. “Delivering financial support and providing charities with a major platform to share their message is what makes the Travelers Championship so special. Our involvement with the tournament is another way for Travelers to support our community and help those who rely on the services these charities provide. We pledge to work hard to make the tournament better every year because we know a successful event has a direct effect on the organizations that benefit.”

Worked as sports writer for The Hartford Courant for 38 years before retiring in 2008. His major beats at the paper were golf, the Hartford Whalers, University of Connecticut men’s and women’s basketball, Yale football, United States and World Figure Skating Championships and ski columnist. He has covered every PGA Tour stop in Connecticut since 1971, along with 30 Masters, 25 U.S. Opens, four PGA Championships, 12 Deutsche Bank Championships, 15 Westchester (N.Y.) Classics and four Ryder Cups. He has won several Golf Writers Association of America writing awards, including a first place for a feature on John Daly, and was elected to the Connecticut Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. He also worked for the Connecticut Whale hockey team for two years when they were renamed by former Hartford Whalers managing general partner Howard Baldwin, who had become the marketing director of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the top affiliate of the New York Rangers.

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