When the Travelers Championship drew tens of thousands of golf fans to the TPC River Highlands last week for Connecticut's annual PGA Tour stop, Pratt & Whitney volunteers pitched in to ensure that things ran smoothly. More than 200 Pratt & Whitney volunteers assisted with crowd control throughout the event.
The week began with pro-ams and practice rounds, including a celebrity pro-am on Wednesday. Celebrities from sports and entertainment joined the tour pros to form 52 celebrity foursomes for an entertaining day of golf. Two celebrity mini-golf tournaments were also held to benefit the winning teams' charities of choice. Tournament play began on Thursday, with 156 of the world's best golfers competing for a $6.1 million purse.
Throughout each day of tournament play, dozens of eagle-emblazoned Pratt & Whitney employees could be spotted performing crowd-control tasks from the tee box, along the fairway, to the green and exit at the 18th hole.
"We donate time to Travelers, so they can donate the money to charity, and that's where the 'eagle' is contributing in the community," said Pratt & Whitney intern Matt Kabrick, referring to the corporation's iconic image and "Where is the Eagle?" promotion. "We're trying to reach out on a local and global scale."
Since its inception in 1952, Connecticut's PGA Tour event has donated more than $30 million to charities in the surrounding community. In more than 60 years, the Travelers Championship has raised about $30 million for charity, according to Michael McCullough, senior director of media and advertising for Travelers.
One-hundred percent of the net proceeds from the tournament go to charity, with its primary recipient being the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. More than 100 other charities have also benefited from the Travelers Championship.