|George Lopez Set to Compete in Celebrity Pro-Am|
HARTFORD, Conn., May 29, 2007 - The Travelers Championship, Connecticut's PGA TOUR event, announced today that comedian and actor George Lopez will compete in the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am, to be played on Wednesday, June 20 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Tee times for the Pro-Am will be from 6:50 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. and again from 11:50 a.m. - 1:50 p.m.
A multi-talented actor and comedian, Lopez maintains an active stand-up comedy schedule, performing for sold-out shows across the country. Most recently, Lopez starred in the ABC comedy George Lopez, about the life of a Hispanic-American family. An avid golfer, Lopez is the celebrity host of the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, a PGA TOUR event in Palm Springs, Calif. In addition, he regularly competes in the AT & T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, where he finished tied for third in 2004. This will be Lopez's first time competing in Connecticut's PGA TOUR event.
A native of Los Angeles, Lopez devotes much of his time to the community. His own charity, The George & Ann Lopez-Richie Alarcon CARE Foundation, provides significant community and arts resources for education. In February 2004, Lopez was presented the 2004 Artist of the Year and Humanitarian Award by Harvard University, honoring Lopez's artistic work and charitable endeavors.
In support of the PGA TOUR's Tradition of Giving Back, all proceeds of the Travelers Championship will be donated to co-charities The Hole In The Wall Gang Camp of Ashford, Conn. and the Greater Hartford Jaycees.
Paul Newman, a Hollywood icon also recognized for tremendous philanthropy, founded The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp in 1988. The Camp enables children with cancer and other serious illnesses to enjoy a camping experience of the highest quality. Of the Camp, Newman has said, "It's all about the kids. People are absolutely amazed. We have children who tell us that anticipating a week in the summer that they will be at Camp is what keeps them going all year."
All of The Hole in The Wall Gang Camp's services are offered free of charge to the campers. Camp attendance offers a critical experience in the life of a seriously ill child, encouraging the heart, enlarging the spirit and empowering the will all year long. Each summer more than 1,000 children between the ages of seven and fifteen from across the country and abroad attend the Camp. At the Camp, these seriously ill youngsters enjoy horseback riding, boating, swimming, fishing, crafts, archery, sports and recreation, all while discovering that they can do more than they ever thought possible. For hospitalized children with serious illnesses, the Camp's Hospital Outreach program takes "Camp-in-a-Suitcase" programs to New England hospitals and clinics, where it provides a bedside experience to raise the spirits and help sustain youngsters for the road ahead.
The Greater Hartford Jaycees will use proceeds of the Travelers Championship to serve numerous, diverse charitable organizations through grants and scholarships, as they have in their long-term relationship with the tournament and the PGA TOUR. The mission of the Greater Hartford Jaycees is leadership development through community service.
The Travelers Championship will be played June 18-24, 2007. Tickets are now available on www.TravelersChampionship.com.
About the Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship will be held June 18-24, 2007 at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. Proud to be part of the inaugural FedExCup season, the 2007 event marks the start of a new era for professional golf in Connecticut, at a tournament with a rich history of more than 50 years on the PGA TOUR. With a new title sponsor, course improvements, and the highest purse in the tournament's history ($6 million), the Travelers Championship is committed to becoming one of the top TOUR events. The championship is sponsored by Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance. Travelers is a proud hometown title sponsor that has been doing business in the community for nearly a century and a half and today has more than 6,000 employees in the Greater Hartford area. For more information, visit www.TravelersChampionship.com.