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Stars come out for Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am

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Chris Berman Tim Wakefield Doug Flutie And Ernie Els pose for the photo before teeing off. (WFSB) Chris Berman Tim Wakefield Doug Flutie And Ernie Els pose for the photo before teeing off. (WFSB)

Fans lined the course at the Traveler’s Championship on Wednesday, hoping to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrities.

Each year, professional athletes, Hollywood actors and celebrity chef’s draw large crowds out to the Celebrity Pro-Am to tee-off for charity.

Some of the celebrities in the mix include actor/comedian Luke Wilson, former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield, former quarterback Doug Flutie, basketball player Ray Allen and Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon.

 "I go a lot of places where people know you and know who you are and it's a familiarity with the fans and it's like no where else," Flutie said. 

"and all these fans, and then you find out something like the Travelers give 100% of all the proceeds to charity so it seem unheard of these days, so it's special," Wilson said. 

The money raised from the tournament will go to more than 100 different charities in Connecticut with one organization getting a large chunk of the funds.

“To contribute to what Travelers does for the community… all the money raised goes back to local charities so it’s awesome,” Wakefield said. 

This year, that organization is The Hospital for Special Care. They will be using the donation to help fight ALS.

"Put ALS in the forefront. That's a blessing just sitting here is a blessing. 2-5 year disease," Brian Savo, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2009, said. 

For Savo, he said ALS isn't stopping him and he's made it his mission to help others.

"It's been my passion to be the voice and help every patient and give them the hope they need," Savo said. 

Other celebrities included celebrity chef Ming Tsai and Voice Winner Javier Color. The University of Connecticut was well-represented at the event. Former player Ray Allen, current coach Kevin Ollie and Former Jim Calhoun. Calhoun said he lost his brother to ALS.   

"Every year, you come out here and get at least five or six and you keep your day Jon which I don't have one...and it's fun," Calhoun said. "This is my 20 or 21st time out. And then you realize where that money goes." 

Wakefield said he loves coming here so much that he did ask when next year's tournament will be held.

The winner of pro-am should be announced shortly as some groups were still playing on Wednesday night. 

To see the pictures of the celebrity pro-am on your mobile device, click here. 

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