FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CVS HEALTH CHARITY CLASSIC ANNOUNCES ENHANCEMENTS FOR 2017 EVENT SERIES
CEO Larry Merlo announces new format and player commitments for tournament
Tickets on-sale now for Charity Classic and Crave RI
WOONSOCKET, R.I. (May 11, 2017) – Drawing some of the biggest names in golf to the greens of the Rhode Island Country Club, the CVS Health Charity Classic has expanded this year’s event series for golf fans and non-golf fans alike. This year’s Charity Classic event series will kick off with Crave RI, a two-day food festival in Downtown Providence on June 15-16, followed by several exciting activities on June 18-19 at Rhode Island Country Club.
“We are proud to be celebrating the 19th year of the CVS Health Charity Classic with unique, new enhancements for golf fans and introducing a world-class food event for families and foodies across Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts to enjoy,” said Larry Merlo, President and CEO of CVS Health. “Year after year, the world’s best golfers come out to help us support our charity partners, and this year, we’re looking forward to introducing a new format that will add even more excitement to the tournament.”
The one-day tournament on Monday, June 19th will feature 18 of the nation’s top golfers, comprised of six PGA TOUR, six LPGA Tour and six PGA TOUR Champions players. Each team will be made up of one player from each respective Tour. The top two scores from each hole per team will be counted towards its final score. The lowest team score at the end of 18 holes will be named the Champions of the 2017 CVS Health Charity Classic.
Team pairings will be released on a rolling basis as the event draws closer. The golf professionals participating at the 2017 CVS Health Charity Classic include:
PGA TOUR LPGA Tour PGA TOUR Champions
Keegan Bradley Paula Creamer Billy Andrade
Jon Curran Brooke Henderson Brad Faxon
Tony Finau Cristie Kerr Jay Haas
Bill Haas Gerina Piller Bernhard Langer
Billy Horschel Morgan Pressel Colin Montgomorie
Smylie Kaufman Lexi Thompson Mark O’Meara
In addition to the golf tournament, the CVS Health Charity Classic, which has donated more than $20 million dollars to area non-profits since 1999, will continue its tradition of giving back to the Southern New England community with a series of events, including:
• Crave RI – a two-day, family-friendly culinary celebration featuring Rhode Island’s and Massachusetts’ finest with 80 restaurants and more than 100 beer and wine profiles. Enjoy sample tastings from Matunuck Oyster Bar, Gracie’s, Newport Vineyards, Narragansett Beer and many more at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence on June 15-16. All proceeds from the inaugural event will support charitable organizations across Southern New England. Tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.com/CharityClassic, all Ticketmaster outlets, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office or by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
• Pepsi Celebrity Pro-Am – The CVS Health Charity Classic has partnered up with New England sports teams to bring celebrity athletes to the Charity Classic on Sunday, June 18th at the Rhode Island Country Club. The Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and Red Sox will all be represented at the first ever Pepsi Celebrity Pro-Am. Admission to the event is FREE.
• Community Day – What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with free admission to Community Day on Sunday, June 18th? Enjoy the picturesque Rhode Island Country Club while taking in great golf and a number of other activities including interactive and engaging programs at health and wellness stations.
• Path To Better Health – A walking path around the golf course that features interactive health and wellness stations, the Path to Better Health encourages fans to participate in fun, educational and interactive health-focused activities as they walk around the golf course at Rhode Island Country Club.
“The focus of the CVS Health Charity Classic has always been to give back to our local community,” said Eileen Howard Boone, Tournament Chairwoman, CVS Health Charity Classic. “The addition of Crave RI and the inclusion of celebrity athletes provide a great opportunity for the Southern New England region to come together to support the meaningful work being done by non-profits that are providing assistance to those that need it the most.”
The CVS Health Charity Classic will again be honoring veterans by offering complimentary admission to Rhode Island Country Club for the golf tournament for all active, reserve and retired Military Service Members and their dependents. Veterans can simply present a valid Common Access Card or Retired Military Card at the gate. First responders and their families also receive free admission with a valid ID.
Single day tickets for the 2017 CVS Health Charity Classic are now on sale at ticketmaster.com/CharityClassic for $10 each. Children 17 and under are free with a ticketed adult. For additional information on tickets, fans can call 866-CVS-9441 or visit cvshealthcharityclassic.com.