Charity Classic features ‘Path to Better Health’

What a great day to enjoy the beautiful weather and the 16th annual CVS Caremark Charity Classic at the Rhode Island Country Club. This event will feature elite golfers from both the PGA and LPGA tours.

Since the event began in 1999, more than $17 million have been raised for local non-profits.

Michaela Johnson joined with Audrey Lynn Sylvia of the American Lung Association to talk about the “Path to Better Health” initiative.

“On behalf of the American Lung Association, I just want to say how thrilled we are to be a part of the CVS Caremark Charity Classic “Path to Better Health” this year, and the “Path to Better Health” is really just a series of stations set up along the course, where fans are encouraged to stop by and get expert tips and advice that will support them and their personal paths to better health,” said Audrey.

Audrey shared information on how anyone can help or donate to this organization. This week at CVS stores, customers will be encouraged to donate a few dollars at the register when checking out.  If you are at the event there are many ways to participate in raising awareness.

“The American Lung Association has a tent set up right over by the practice screen, where we’re sharing information about our new initiative ‘Lung Force’. So you might not know this but lung cancer is the number one cancer killer of women, killing almost twice as many women as any other cancer,” said Audrey. “Yet only one percent of woman really have it on their radar as a potential risk. So we’ve put together this campaign ‘Lung Force’, which is nationally presented by CVS Caremark and it is designed to unite woman to raise their voices and act up against lung cancer and for lung health.”

The first one thousand people at the event today and tomorrow will be given free pedometers, which can be used to count their steps.

One of the other organizations benefiting from this event is the Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Rich Delviscio talked to Michaela about the “Any Kid Can” program, of which they are happy to be the primary sponsor.

“Allowing the kids to have some fun and exposure, not only to the pros, but to the game of golf. I think anytime you can get involved with children, be inspirational, and help build confidence in them, it’s pretty rewarding,” said Rich.

Overall, this event is a great opportunity to get involved with the community and benefit some really great causes.

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