Friday, May 27, 2022
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Rhode Island’s largest for-profit corporation has canceled its two major community events: the long-running CVS Charity Golf Classic and the Crave RI food festival.
CVS is one of the largest corporations in the United States, reporting gross sales of more than $292 billion in 2021.
The Charity Classic golf event was an institution: Originally launched as a PGA event in 1999, the event drew some of the best golfers in history to Rhode Island.
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Justin Leonard and Davis Love, III teamed up to win the 2000 championship. Each year the event was Rhode Island’s biggest sporting event, drawing thousands of people to the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington.
It also attracted a national television audience as the Golf Channel and later Fox Sports Net broadcast the event. And, perhaps most importantly, it raised tens of millions for charities in the region.
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CVS also confirmed that the Crave Food Festival, which ran in 2018 and 2019 and was held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, has also been closed.
“Over the past 23 years, CVS Health Charity Classic has donated more than $25 million to organizations that work tirelessly to support communities in southern New England. During the pandemic, supporting the communities we serve has been more important While we’ve had to move away from in-person events like the Charity Classic golf tournament for the past two years, we continue to support organizations that are helping children and families access healthcare, education, and social services, and we’re proud to have donated more than $3 million through Charity Classic during this time,” said Mike DeAngelis of CVS Health Corporate Communications.
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“Through this experience, we’ve embraced new ways to focus our resources on charitable programs to help support our communities and continue to drive social impact. We’re excited to introduce the CVS Health Foundation Hometown Fund to carry this mission into the future. As As we transitioned our focus from Charity Classic to the CVS Foundation Hometown Fund, we thank our co-hosts, Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade, our colleagues, and our nonprofit partners for their partnership and shared commitment to our local communities,” added DeAngelis.
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