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SC Tennis Family Benefit raises nearly $4,000 for those affected by South Carolina floods

November 23, 2015 11:21 AM

By Jonathon Braden, USTA South Carolina

The South Carolina tennis community raised nearly $4,000 during a round robin Sunday afternoon for those affected by last month’s devastating floods.

More than 80 people participated in the event, held at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center, which donated the court time.

More than 80 people supported the SC Tennis Family Benefit on Sunday afternoon. (Submitted photo)

The players gave at least $20 to play, and local businesses, including Conquest Brewing Company and Villa Tronco, donated items and gift certificates to the event’s silent auction.

In total, $3,872 were raised, event organizer Marlene Neal said. Of that, $2,523 will go to the Harvest Hope Food Bank, and $1,349 will go to the American Red Cross SC Flood Relief Fund, Neal said.

The South Carolina women’s tennis team also participated in an exhibition at the benefit.

Neal thought of the event while supporting another flood relief fundraiser last month. She was pleased with the tennis community’s support.

"Thank you to everyone who contributed items for the silent auction, wine, food, beer, and most importantly, your time to play," Neal said. "Our event was a huge success and I'm extremely proud of our tennis community… It truly is amazing what a thoughtful group of people can accomplish when they set their minds to it. Our tennis community rocks!"

The donations will be mailed next week. If you like would like to make a contribution, please write a check to Harvest Hope or the American Red Cross SC Flood Relief Fund and mail it to 114 Athena Lane, Lexington, SC 29072.