CVS Charity Classic Donates Over $1 Million to 90 Area Charities

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


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Photo: Constance Brown Photography

The 2016 CVS Health Charity Classic donated over $1 million to 90 area charities, bringing their total to $20 million donated since the tournament began in 1999. 

“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. 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 healthcare, education and social services,” said CVS Health, President, and CEO Larry Merlo. 

Merlo,  along with tournament chairperson Eileen Howard Boone and PGA Tour professionals and CVS Health Charity Classic co-chairs Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon revealed 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.

“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. We are incredibly thankful for the role the tournament’s success has played in improving the lives of those in our hometown community,” said Andrade. 

 Red Sox Foundation 

Former Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield was on hand representing the Boston Red Sox Foundation. 

“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. We are grateful for our partnership and look forward to continuing to work together in the future,” said Wakefield. 

2017 CVS Health Charity Classic 

The 2017 CVS Health Charity Classic will begin on June 18, 2017, at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. 


Related Slideshow: CVS Health Charity Classic Field - 2016

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Jason Dufner

Making his second appearence at the CVS Classic, Jason Dufner is the 2013 PGA Champion and a four time winner on the PGA Tour. He also finished runner up to fellow CVS Classic competitor Keegan Bradley in 2011. 

Dufner currently ranks 67th in the world and 17th in the FedexCup standings. 

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Louis Oosthuizen 

Louis Oosthuizen returns to the Classic for the second time in his career. 

Oosthuizen is a 13 time PGA Tour winner, including the 2010 Open Championship and currently ranks 13th in the world.  

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Lexi Thompson 

Lexi Thompson will return to the CVS Health Charity Classic for the 5th straight time. 

Thompson is currently ranked 3rd in the world and was named Rookie of the Year in 2012. 

In her career, Thompson has recorded 7 wins and 38 top-10 finishes. 

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Keegan Bradley 

New England's own Keegan Bradley returns to the CVS Charity Classic for the second straight season and, along with his partner Jon Curran, enters as the defending champion.  

Bradley and Curran were high school teammates. 

This season, Bradley has one top ten and two top 25 finishes in 14 events played and is ranked 114th in the world. 

Bradley is the 2011 PGA Champion but has not won a tournament since 2012. 

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Bryson DeChambeau 

Bryson DeChambeau is a PGA Tour rookie having just turned pro following an impressive showing at The Masters where he was in the final pairing on Saturday with Jordan Spieth. 

DeChambeau is only the 5th golfer in history to win both the NCAA Division I Championship and the U.S. Amateur in the same year. 

This will be DeChambeau's first apperence at the CVS Classic. 



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Brad Faxon 

Brad Faxon co-host the tournament with fellow Rhode Islander Billy Andrade. Together, the two have helped raise over $19 million for local charities in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts since the tournament started in 1999. 

Faxon had eight wins on the PGA Tour and has two on the Champions Tour. 

Last April, Faxon was honored with the Francis Ouimet Award. 

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Billy Andrade 

Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon will once again be co-hosting the tournament. Together, the two have helped raise over $19 million for local charities in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts since the tournament started in 1999. 

Andrade has four career wins on the PGA Tour and three career wins on the Champions Tour.

In 2016, Andrade has a second place finish (lost in a playoff), four top 10 finishes and five top 25 finishes.

In his Champions Tour career, Andrade has never missed a cut.  

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Morgan Pressel 

Morgan Pressel will return to the CVS Classic for the 8th time in her career. She won the tournament with partner Jay Haas in 2012. 

They are the only co-ed team to ever win the CVS Classic. 

Pressel is currently ranked 31 in the world and finished in a tie for 2nd at the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. 

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Jon Curran 

Jon Curran returns to the CVS Charity Classic to defend his championship along with Keegan Bradley. 

In 2016, Curran has two top 10 and three top 25 finishes in 18 events played. 

He is still searching for his first PGA Tour victory. 

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Branden Grace 

Branden Grace is currently the 11th ranked player in the world, earning three top 10 and six top 25 finishes in 9 tournaments played so far this season. 

Last month, Grace won the RBC Heritage tournament for his first PGA Tour win. 

This will be Grace's first CVS Classic appearance. 



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Peter Jacobsen 

Peter Jacobsen will return to the CVS Charity Classic for the 18th consecutive time. He along with Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade are the only players to have played in every tournament since its inception in 1999. 

Jacobsen is a 40 year PGA Tour veteran but has never won the CVS Classic. 

He currently serves as an analyst for NBC Sports. 

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Tony Finau 

Tony Finau turned pro in 2007 but just won his first career tournament this season, taking the Puerto Rico Open.

Finau is currently ranked 81st in the world. 

This will be his first appearence at the CVS Clasisic. 


PHOTO: Tony Finau Twitter account 


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