CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) - The Travelers Championship announced Wednesday that June’s golf tournament raised more than $1.6 million for Connecticut charities despite being a television-only event because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The PGA event, which donates all of its net proceeds, will give money to 115 local charities this year, officials said.
Tournament director Nathan Grube said the loss of ticket revenue was partially offset by corporate donors who provided funds even without getting the ticket packages, receptions or hospitality tents in return.
Last year, with about 200,000 spectators, the tournament donated about $2.1 million to charity.
This year the charities included several dealing with pandemic and social justice issues, including 4-CT, a nonprofit organization that funds statewide COVID-19 relief efforts such as food banks and child care for essential workers.
The tournament also gave a grant to the University of New Haven’s Center for Advanced Policing and Tow Youth Justice Institute for a program to help educate and train police officers so they can improve relationships with the communities they serve.
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