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Travelers Championship generates $1.6 million for local charities

Dustin Johnson poses with the trophy after winning the 2020 Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Oct. 21, 2020 – In a time when it is crucial to work together to stay safe amid the contagious COVID-19 coronavirus, the Travelers Championship is stepping up with a boost for the local economy in Connecticut.

The Travelers Championship announced Wednesday that the 2020 tournament – played without any spectators in June at the Tournament Players Club – River Highland in Cromwell due to the COVID-19 pandemic – generated more than $1.6 million for 115 local charities through the generosity of local sponsors, including the Travelers.

“Despite being held as a TV-only event due to the pandemic, we’re grateful that we were able to generate a significant amount of money for local charities while keeping the players and our greater community safe,” said Nathan Grube, Travelers Championship Tournament Director. “We’re fortunate to have so many wonderful sponsors and corporate partners who value the importance of doing what we can to support those in need. Without their help, not only this year but every year, we wouldn’t be able to make this kind of charitable impact.”

This year, one of the charitable recipients is 4-CT, an independent nonprofit that has funded statewide COVID-19 relief efforts.

The Travelers Championship is also providing a grant to the University of New Haven’s Center for Advanced Policing and Tow Youth Justice Institute, whose Connecticut Institute for Youth and Police Relations program will help educate and train police officers so they can improve relationships with the communities they serve.

Since Travelers became title sponsor in 2007, more than $20 million has been generated by the tournament for local charities, and at least 750 organizations have benefited over that time.

“Being there for our communities is the essence of who we are at Travelers, and our sponsorship of the Travelers Championship provides us with an opportunity to really make a difference at a time when many nonprofits need it most,” said Andy Bessette, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Travelers.

“This year it was important to show appreciation for the healthcare efforts in the fight against COVID-19, as well as address racial equality. This financial support will help these important organizations continue in their missions to keep workers safe and foster positive relationships,” Bessette said.

The 2020 Travelers Championship was won by Dustin Johnson, who is currently ranked No. 1 in the world. Preparations have already begun for the 2021 event, which will take place June 21-27 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell.

Since 2009, the Collinsville Press has been providing award-winning coverage of sports and news in the Farmington Valley and across Connecticut.

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