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Travelers Championship raises $2.8 million for charities during 2016 tournament

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More than $2.8 million was raised for charities during the 2016 Travelers Championship, according to an announcement on Tuesday.  (WFSB) More than $2.8 million was raised for charities during the 2016 Travelers Championship, according to an announcement on Tuesday. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The Travelers Championship raised the most money for charities in the history of the tournament.

More than $2.8 million was raised for charities during the 2016 Travelers Championship, according to an announcement on Tuesday. The amount was the most raised since the tournament in 1952.

Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube said the 2016 Travelers Championship "was an unforgettable week."

"But, impacting local charities is what constantly motivates us," Grube said in a statement on Tuesday.  

The primary charitable beneficiary for the 2016 Travelers Championship was ALS Clinic at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain. ALS Clinic treats 250 Connecticut ALS patients annually.

Charities that help ALS-caused diseases became the focus of the 2016 Travelers Championship after the former Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers Jay Fishman announced in 2015 that he was diagnosed with ALS.

Most of the money was raised during the Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner. The dinner raised $1.3 million.  All proceeds from Bruce Edwards Foundation Benefit Dinner, which was hosted by Fishman, went to ALS research and was attended by more than 800 people. 

Fishman died after his fight with ALS on Aug. 19

"Jay was such a driving force behind Travelers' involvement with this tournament, so supporting the ALS Clinic at HSC and the Bruce Edwards Foundation made perfect sense," Travelers Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bessette said. "He was passionate about helping others like him afflicted with ALS and funding research to help find a cure, so the ability to do that through the tournament meant a great deal to him personally."

Since Travelers became the title sponsor in 2007, the tournament has raised $13 million and supported more than 600 charities.

"Giving back to the community is the most important part of our tournament, so we're thrilled with the record-setting performance this year," Grube said. 

Travelers Chief Executive Officer Alan Schnitzer said the organization "couldn't be more pleased with the tournament this year." 

"The overwhelming participation from the community enabled us to generate record support for more than 160 worthy charities. We're very proud of that success, and we look forward to delivering another world-class event next June,"Schnitzer said. 

Teams are already working on preparing for the 2017 Travelers Championship, which will be held on June 19-25. 

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