WOONSOCKET, Rhode Island (December 18, 2020)– Today, CVS Health President and CEO, Larry Merlo and PGA TOUR Champions and CVS Health Charity Classic Co-hosts Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade announced the Charity Classic’s 2020 donation to Southern New England non-profits and charities. This year, the Charity Classic will donate the largest sum in the history of the Charity Classic, giving $1.5 million to non-profit organizations. This brings the total amount donated over the last 22 years to more than $24.5 million.
“Now more than ever, our commitment to building healthier communities is vital as we support the organizations that provide significant resources to our most vulnerable community members,” said Larry Merlo, CVS Health President and CEO. “We are grateful to celebrate another charitable milestone with CVS Health colleagues, charity partners, event volunteers and our dedicated Charity Classic sponsors who continue to support our long legacy of giving.”
The 2020 CVS Health Charity Classic shifted to a virtual event series. In September, members of the community had the opportunity to lend direct support to the Charity Classic’s long tradition of giving back to the local community through online donation opportunities, virtual silent auction and a unique Crave RI celebration recognizing the strength of the area’s culinary community.
The mission of the CVS Health Charity Classic is to give back to the community and provide assistance to charitable organizations that focus on helping the community year-round. Donations provided by the 2020 CVS Health Charity Classic provide vital funding to a range of programs serving children and families. In all, 86 non-profit organizations across Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts will benefit this year from the CVS Health Charity Classic, including:
· Bradley Hospital’s mission is to deliver health with care by providing a range of family centered, high quality health care services to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with emotional disorders and/or developmental disabilities.
· Children’s Friend is an innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children.
· The Sojourner House mission is to promote healthy relationships by providing culturally sensitive support, advocacy, and education for victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence; and to effect systematic change.
· Red Cross is providing ongoing relief to people in need by providing financial aid, emotional support, health services, and by housing displaced residents in hotels.
“The Red Cross is grateful to be a longstanding CVS Health Charity Classic charity partner,” said Susan Roberts, Executive Director of American Red Cross in Rhode Island. “The ongoing commitment from the Charity Classic has allowed us, and many of our fellow charity partners, the opportunity to support vulnerable populations who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic and health impacts.”