Many local nonprofits benefit from annual golf tournament

CVS Classic donations top $20 million


The CVS Health Charity Classic — a professional golf tournament played at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington — reached an important milestone this year.

At a recent celebration, officials announced that the Classic has raised $20 million since it was first started back in 1999. This year, the CVS Health Charity Classic donated more than $1 million to nearly 100 area charities, including a number of Barrington nonprofits.

“The CVS Health Charity Classic has an 18-year history of supporting the meaningful work being done by nonprofits in Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island,” CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo said. “We are proud to reach this major milestone in donations made that enables us to give back to those who need it most in the areas of health care, education and social services.”

Among the local organizations to receive financial support from the Classic are Barrington Arts Alive!, Barrington Community School, AfterProm Barrington, Community Scholarship Fund of Barrington, Barrington Education Foundation, Barrington Public Library, Friends of the Barrington Senior Center, Tap-In, and Bayside YMCA.

Mr. Merlo, along with tournament chairperson Eileen Howard Boone and PGA Tour professionals and CVS Health Charity Classic co-chairs Billy Andrade, of Bristol, and Brad Faxon, of Barrington, unveiled this year’s donation to the nonprofit recipients and working charities that volunteered their time during the tournament in front of CVS Health colleagues and CVS Health Charity Classic sponsors.

Tim Wakefield, former Boston Red Sox pitcher, was on-hand to discuss how the tournament has supported the Boston Red Sox Foundation over the years.

“Support from the CVS Health Charity Classic has been instrumental in allowing us to fulfill our mission of serving the health, education, recreation and social service needs of children and families across New England,” Mr. Wakefield said. “We are grateful for our partnership and look forward to continuing to work together in the future.”

The 2017 CVS Health Charity Classic, which attracts world-class golfers each year and is the largest charitable sporting event in Rhode Island, will kick off on June 18, 2017 at Rhode Island Country Club.

“Over the past 18 years, Brad and I have witnessed firsthand how much of an impact the CVS Health Charity Classic has made on hundreds of nonprofits in this region,” said Mr. Andrade. “We are incredibly thankful for the role the tournament’s success has played in improving the lives of those in our hometown community.”

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