Travelers Championship raises record-breaking $2.8 million for charity

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HARTFORD – The Travelers Championship Tuesday announced that it raised over $2.8 million for charity at this year’s event, the highest amount in the history of the tournament, which began in 1952.

That record-setting number was boosted by the Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner, which raised more than $1.3 million.

This year’s fundraising 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 charitable beneficiary was the ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, which treats 250 Connecticut ALS patients annually. ALS-specific causes were the charitable focus this year, following the 2015 announcement that Jay Fishman, former Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers, had been diagnosed with the disease. The Bruce Edwards Foundation dinner, hosted by Fishman, attracted more than 800 people to the Connecticut Convention Center, with all proceeds going toward ALS research. Fishman died on August 19.