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CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo announced $1.3m donation to support dozens of charities across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts

CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo announced $1.3m donation to support dozens of charities across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2015-12-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — At a celebration today recognizing area non-profit organizations supported by the CVS Health Charity Classic, CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo announced that $1.3 million dollars will be donated from the 2015 tournament to support dozens of charities across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

In addition, CVS Health announced dates for the 2016 CVS Health Charity Classic, which is scheduled for June 26 – 28 at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington, R.I.

This year’s donation from the annual golf tournament, which attracts world-class golfers each year and is the largest charitable sporting event in Rhode Island, brings the total amount donated over 17 years to more than $19 million.

“Supporting organizations that make a real difference in the community and provide the support necessary to bring the CVS Health Charity Classic to life is one of the most important ways we give back in our home state,” Merlo said. “We are proud to support the meaningful work being done by these non-profits to provide assistance to those who need it most in the areas of health care, education and social services.”

Merlo, along with Tournament Chairperson Eileen Howard Boone and PGA Tour professionals and CVS Health Charity Classic co-chairs Billy Andrade and Brad Faxon, awarded the donations in front of a crowd that included CVS Health colleagues, many of the awarded non-profits, working charities that volunteer their time during the tournament and CVS Health Charity Classic sponsors.

A number of the CVS Health Charity Classic non-profit partners were on-hand to highlight how the tournament has supported their efforts throughout the year. This included a singing performance by a Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence youth and a speech by Joe Andruzzi, president of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation which supports cancer patients and their families, former New England Patriots player, Super Bowl winner and cancer survivor. “We’re very fortunate for this support from the CVS Health Charity Classic which allows us to provide assistance to more patients and families as they recover from both the physical and financial stresses of a cancer diagnosis,” said Andruzzi. “We’re truly grateful for the support we receive from such a community-minded organization, which gives us the opportunity to financially assist as many families as we can as they go through a difficult time.”

In all, 103 local non-profit organizations across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts will benefit this year from the CVS Health Charity Classic. These include:

A Wish Come True, Inc.

American Diabetes Association, RI


ALS Rhode Island

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

American Lung Association, Rhode Island

American Heart Association

American Red Cross

Amos House

Arthritis Foundation, RI

Arts Alive! Barrington

Bags of Hope

Boys & Girls Club of Blackstone Valley

Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket

Boys & Girls Club of Taunton

Boys & Girls Club of Warwick

Barrington Community School

Barrington Education Foundation

Barrington Public Library

Barrington Senior Center

Barrington TAPIN

Bayside Family YMCA of Barrington

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State

Blessings in a Backpack

Boston Red Sox Foundation

Boy Scouts of Rhode Island

Boys & Girls Clubs of Providence

Bradley Hospital

Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island

Build Our Kids’ Success (BOKS)

Button Hole Golf

Children’s Friend

Children’s Wishes of Rhode Island

Citizens Scholarship Foundation of Barrington

City Year Providence

College Visions

Community Preparatory School

Crossroads Rhode Island

Day One

Donate Life New England

Easter Seals of Rhode Island

Economic Progress Institute

Families First Rhode Island

Gabrielle Dinsmore Heart and Hope Fund

Gaits of Harmony

Girls on the Run

Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

Golf Fights Cancer

Habitat for Humanity

Hasbro Children’s Hospital Golf Invitational

Highlander Charter School

Hockomock Area YMCA

Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of RI

Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island

Joe Andruzzi Foundation

John E. Fogarty Foundation

March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter

Meals on Wheels

Meeting Street

Michael H. Flanagan Foundation

Operation Gratitude

Our Sisters’ School

PASA (Providence After School Alliance)

PeaceLove Studios

Project GOAL

Providence Center Golf Tournament

Providence International Arts

Resilient Kids

Rhode Island Family Shelter

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Rhode Island Parent Information Network

Richard A. Browning Medical Education Fund

RI Burn Foundation

RI Healthy Schools Coalition


Ronald McDonald House (RI)

Salvation Army Rhode Island

Save The Bay

Serve Rhode Island

Sojourner House

South Shore YMCA

Special Olympics Rhode Island


St. Mary’s Home for Children

Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Centre

Station Fire Memorial Foundation

The Autism Project

The Learning Center for the Deaf

The San Miguel School Providence

Tides Family Services

Tomorrow Fund

University of Rhode Island Golf Team

VIPS (Volunteers in Providence Schools)

WaterFire Providence

Wolf School

Women’s Center of Rhode Island

Woonsocket Boys & Girls Clubs

Woonsocket Park Renovation

Woonsocket Rotary Days

YMCA of Greater Fall River

Youth Pride, Inc.

“The Charity Classic has always been about great golf and great charities,” said Faxon. “We continue to be proud of the success the tournament has had in improving the lives of so many.”

“As New England natives, Brad and I are so excited that the tournament has been able to donate more than $19 million dollars,” said Andrade. “We have had the opportunity to make a positive impact through our support of local organizations, and thanks to the dedication of many individuals, that impact will be even greater this year.”

For photos and videos from today’s event and updates throughout the year, follow @CVSClassicGolf on Twitter and like CVS Health Charity Classic on Facebook.

About the CVS Health Charity Classic
The CVS Health Charity Classic is Rhode Island’s largest charitable sporting event and hosts some of the best PGA and LPGA professional golfers in the world. Funds generated by the tournament, launched in 1999, are distributed to area nonprofit organizations that provide vital funding to a range of programs serving children, families and people in transition throughout Southeastern New England.

About CVS Health
CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 7,900 retail drugstores, more than 1,000 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with more than 70 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, and expanding specialty pharmacy services, the Company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable, effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at

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Mary Alfieri, CVS Health
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