Travelers Championship and their Support of Patients with ALS
In February of 2016, The Travelers Championship, which annually donates 100 percent of its proceed to local charities, announced that the ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care (HSC) in New Britain, Connecticut, would be the primary beneficiary of the August 2016 tournament. Each year, HSC cares for more than 250 Connecticut residents with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive disorder that affects the function of nerves and muscle. Last August, Travelers Chairman Jay Fishman disclosed that he had been diagnosed with the disease.
The Travelers Championship … will continue to support a diverse mix of more than 100 charitable causes throughout the region, including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, a long-standing tournament beneficiary that provides medically supervised summer camps and programs free of charge to children with serious illnesses and their families.
A fundraising dinner will also be held on Friday, August 5, to support the Bruce Edwards Foundation for ALS Research. The dinner will feature legendary golfer Tom Watson, award-winning sports columnist John Feinstein and Fishman. Feinstein and Watson founded the Bruce Edwards Foundation in honor of Watson’s longtime caddy and Wethersfield native, Bruce Edwards, who eventually lost his battle with ALS.
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A message about the Traveler’s Championship from Brian Savo:
In the spring of 2016 I received a phone call from Jay Fishman, the CEO of Travelers Insurance company, and he asked me to be the honorary co-chair of the Travelers Championship for 2016. Jay was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, and he decided he would stay engaged instead of staying in bed. Jay being the CEO of Travelers Insurance company gave us a unique platform to raise awareness locally and nationally. Travelers put together a tent on the 18th hole with all needs met for ALS patients. It was truly incredible!! Patients can come to the tournament and not have to worry about having ALS they can come and just enjoy themselves. The patient’s faces are priceless.
The Hospital for Special Care’s ALS clinic was the main beneficiary of the tournament. This was amazing to have ALS get so much media attention for a week long. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Jay and build a relationship with him in such a short period of time. My heart was broken when I heard the news of his passing, but I will continue to carry his legacy on year after year. Travelers tournament gives 100% of the proceeds back to charities here in the state of Connecticut. I would like to thank travelers for everything they’ve done for myself and my family over the past two years. Travelers insurance company has become part of my family.
– Brian Savo, Nantucket Custom Flooring
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