What makes the Travelers Championship so special and important
is its true purpose - helping to support charities throughout our
community. The tournament's mission of giving back has had a direct
impact on more than 100 nonprofit organizations, including The Hole
in the Wall Gang Camp, which serves children and families coping
with cancer and other serious illnesses. The Travelers Championship
is proud to be a PGA TOUR event, which donates 100% of net proceeds
each year to nonprofit organizations throughout New England. In
2011, the Travelers Championship once again surpassed $1 million
for charity. The tournament has contributed more than $29 million
to the local community since its inception in 1952.
Founded by Paul Newman in 1988, The Hole in the Wall Gang
Camp, enables children with cancer and other serious illnesses to
enjoy a camping experience of the highest quality. All of the
Camp's services are offered free of charge to the campers. The Hole
in the Wall Gang Camp serves more than 5,000 children each year.
"This collaboration with the Travelers Championship gives The
Hole in the Wall Gang Camp another vehicle to get the word out and
serve even more seriously ill children," said Jimmy Canton,
Executive Director of the Camp.
Each year, Hole in the Wall Gang campers sheer the joy of a
camping experience that seamlessly incorporates round-the-clock
medical care by doctors and nurses. At the Camp, these seriously
ill youngsters enjoy horseback riding, boating, swimming, fishing,
crafts, archery, sports and recreation, discovering in the process
that they can do more than they ever thought possible. Through the
rest of the year, the Camp hosts reunions, family weekends, parents
programs and an outreach program to seriously ill children in
hospitals around the northeast. The cost of sending one child to
Camp is $2,500.
For more information about The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp,
Nonprofit organizations can utilize the tournament to raise
funds through a pledge-based program (Birdies for Charity), a
ticket-discount program (Chip In for Charity) or by hosting a
special event to benefit their charitable mission. More than 100
nonprofit organizations benefited through these programs in 2011.