Just in time for the holidays, 81 area nonprofit organizations, including one in Coventry, received generous funds from the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at a presentation held Dec. 19 at CVS Caremark’s headquarters.
As the largest charitable sporting event in Rhode Island that attracts world-class golfers, the tournament donated $1.3 million this year to organizations across Southern New England, bringing the total support since 1999 to more than $17 million.
Including in the 81 local organizations was Coventry-based RI Breast Cancer Coalition, located at 716 Centre of New England Blvd., Suite #245. The Coalition, the state's only breast cancer advocacy organization, strives to "bring powerful voices and insightful perspectives to government, science, healthcare and private industry; to every table where decisions pertaining to breast cancer and the breast cancer community are being made".
CVS Caremark President and CEO Larry Merlo and PGA Tour Professionals Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon co-hosted the ceremony and check presentation for the tournament, which draws top PGA and LPGA golfers to Rhode Island Country Club. The trio distributed the funds amid a holiday atmosphere, and inspirational stories were shared by a student and Rose Mary Grant, the Head of School for the Highlander Charter School – one of the nonprofit recipients of the funds – located in Providence.
“Giving back to our local communities and supporting organizations that help children and families in need is at the heart of the Charity Classic,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Tournament Chairwoman. “By combining world-class entertainment with financial support to important nonprofit organizations in our community, the Charity Classic has become a truly special event for the golfers and our non-profit partners.”
Funds provided by the 2013 CVS Caremark Charity Classic will support numerous charitable organizations and touch the lives of people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
“It’s the inspiration of places like Highlander Charter School that keep us and our sponsors, volunteers and fans going year after year, to continue to give back as much to the community as we possibly can," Boone added. "More than 20 working charities and nearly 1,000 volunteers make this event a reality, so we are extremely proud to host an event that has become so meaningful in our community.”