Newyork, NY (PressExposure) June 15, 2011 -- CONTACT:
Travelers Championship officials today announced that GRAMMY Award - winning artist, Michael Bolton will return to Connecticut to support this year's tournament. Bolton, who will compete in the Travelers Celebrity Pro-Am on Wednesday, June 22, will also perform a benefit concert at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts to raise funds for The Michael Bolton Charities for Children & Women at Risk, with other special guest artists, including Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason, Australian singer/actress, Delta Goodrem, and acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist, Orianthi, on Tuesday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m.
"We look forward to having Michael Bolton join us again this year," said Travelers Championship Tournament Director Nathan Grube. "The Travelers Championship is proud to join a great ambassador like Michael Bolton in this effort. We are excited to partner with Michael to build awareness and funds for The Michael Bolton Charities. This concert is just one of many unique ways that this PGA TOUR event continues to support charities in the region."
Michael Bolton has sold more than 53 million records, released 20 studio albums, won multiple GRAMMY Awards® for Best Male Vocalist and countless other honors, all while selling out arenas worldwide. In 2002 the singer-songwriter earned a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. He has performed with legends like Luciano Pavarotti and Ray Charles, written songs with greats from Bob Dylan to Lady Gaga, penned hits for a diverse range of artists, including Barbra Streisand and KISS, played guitar with B.B. King and had his music recorded on a track by hip-hop superstar Kanye West (featuring Jay-Z).
"The tournament continues to be good for the community and by creating new partnerships, the Travelers Championship is focused on generating more funds for organizations like The Michael Bolton Charities," said Andy Bessette, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Travelers. "We're happy that Michael has committed his time and effort to help raise awareness for the tournament's charitable work while helping his charity do more for others."
The Michael Bolton Charities, Inc. was founded in 1993 and is based in Bolton's home state of Connecticut. The major focus of The MBC is the critical issue of violence against women. Since its inception, The MBC has dispersed over $6 million in grants to various organizations that support children and women at risk of poverty, abuse, neglect, homelessness and domestic violence.
Tickets for the Michael Bolton & Friends Concert are $50 for mezzanine and $35 for balcony, which can be purchased now at http://www.bushnell.org or by calling the box office at (860) 987-5900. VIP passes are also available, which include a pre-show dine-around cocktail reception, in addition to an Any One Day Ticket to the Travelers Championship.
About the Travelers Championship
The Travelers Championship will be held June 20 - 26, 2011, at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn. As the only PGA TOUR event in the Northeast in early summer, the Travelers Championship is one of the region's premier sporting events. The tournament proudly supports the PGA TOUR Tradition of Giving Back by donating 100 percent of net proceeds to more than 130 other non-profit organizations, including The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, serving children facing serious illness. The event is sponsored by Travelers, a leading provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto and business. Travelers has been doing business in the community for nearly a century and a half, and today has more than 7,000 employees in Connecticut. The Official Property Casualty Insurer of the PGA TOUR, Travelers has been a sponsor of this event each year since its inception in 1952, becoming title sponsor in 2007. Complete details are available on http://www.TravelersChampionship.com.
About The Michael Bolton
Founded in 1993, the mission of The Michael Bolton Charities, Inc. is dedicated to two critical areas: (1) The assistance of children and women "at risk;" and, (2) Through education and effective programs, create social awareness to broaden horizons and expand opportunities for youth across socioeconomic and multicultural lines. The major focus of The Michael Bolton Charities is in the area of violence against women. Five years ago, Michael joined forces with coalitions of women's groups and members of Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Michael, personally, has continued to devote his time to draw attention to the domestic violence epidemic and to enlist other men to raise their voices for zero tolerance on the issue. He has directed his foundation to do whatever possible to secure continued and additional funding to keep shelters open, educational programs functioning, and children and women safe.
For more information on the Benefit Concert, please contact: Donnetta Campbell, HUMMediaNY@gmail.com - tel: (203) 434-3548; Dina White, firstname.lastname@example.org - tel: (516) 234-0840