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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Travelers Championship raises record $2.8 million towards charity

The Travelers Championship announced Tuesday it generated more than $2.8 million for charity at this year’s event held last August.

It’s the highest amount in the history of the tournament, which began in 1952. The record-setting number was boosted by the Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner, held on Aug. 5, which raised more than $1.3 million.

According to a release put out by Travelers, this year’s fund-raising effort brings the total money distributed since Travelers became title sponsor in 2007 to nearly $13 million. More than 600 charities have received funds from the tournament over that time.

This year’s primary beneficiary was the ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. ALS-specific causes was the focus this year after the 2015 announcement that Jay Fishman, the former executive chairman and chief executive officer of Travelers, had been diagnosed with the disease.

The dinner attracted more than 800 people to the Connecticut Convention Center, with all proceeds going toward ALS research. Fishman died on Aug. 19.

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