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Poti to Serve as Host for Travis Roy Golf Invitational

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Orange, CT -- The Ninth Annual Travis Roy Foundation Invitational Golf Tournament will be held on Monday, June 28, 2004 at the exclusive Race Brook Country Club in Orange, Connecticut. All proceeds will benefit the Travis Roy Foundation. Since its inception in 1996, the event has raised more than $200,000 for the nonprofit organization.

Hosted by Rangers defenseman Tom Poti and fellow NHLers Chris Drury and Ted Drury, expected guests at the event also include: ESPN's John Buccigross, Boston University head coach Jack Parker, Yale University Head Coach Tim Taylor and NHLers Dan LaCouture, Eric Boguniecki, Stephen Valiquette and Jeff Hamilton.

Poti, a guest at every Travis Roy Invitational Golf Tournament since 1997, enters his second year as a host of the event.

On October 20, 1995, only eleven seconds into the first shift of his college hockey career at Boston University, Travis' dream was cut cruelly short when he shattered his fourth cervical vertebra, severely damaging his spinal cord. Travis Roy is now a quadriplegic, with no feeling below his shoulders and no movement in his legs or left arm. With limited control of his right bicep, Travis is able to conduct simple yet key tasks such as operating the joystick of his wheelchair.

Travis has faced his disability with the same sense of optimism and determination that distinguished his hockey career. A May 2000 graduate of Boston University with a degree in public relations, he is a popular motivational speaker and is actively involved with the Foundation. In 1998, he published a book, Eleven Seconds, based on his life.

A strong and articulate spokesman for spinal cord injury survivors, Travis asked that a charitable fund be created in his name, focusing on helping others and on promoting research.

The Travis Roy Foundation was established in 1997 to help spinal cord injury survivors and to fund research into a cure. Inspired by Travis' own story, the lifeblood of the Travis Roy Foundation has been the generosity of individuals, corporations and foundations across North America. This generosity has made an immediate impact on the lives of many individuals.

Since 1997 the Travis Roy Foundation has distributed more than $1,000,000 in individual grants and to research projects and rehabilitation institutions across North America. The individual grant funds have been used to modify vans and to purchase wheelchairs, computers, ramps, shower chairs, and other adaptive equipment to help quadriplegics and paraplegics live their lives. The Foundation is also actively involved in efforts to build a state of the art spinal cord center that would treat patients from across the Northeast United States.

The Travis Roy Foundation is uniquely positioned to touch individual lives with its focus on providing adaptive equipment and sponsoring research. None of the six trustees or Travis Roy receives any compensation or awards from the Foundation. Thus, over 99% of every dollar donated goes to the Travis Roy Foundation's charitable purpose. In the US alone, there are approximately 250,000 people currently living with a spinal cord injury and 13,000 new injuries each year. The Travis Roy Foundation could help many more deserving applicants if funds were available.

To further its charitable purpose, the Travis Roy Foundation welcomes individual, corporate and foundation support. Every gift helps and contributions by check, gifts of securities and other property may be made to the Travis Roy Foundation, c/o Palmer & Dodge LLP, 111 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02199-7613.

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