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For the second time, Grampy’s Charities is serving as presenting sponsor of the annual SCCF Tennis Tournament. Entering its 28th year, the tournament will be Dec. 7 and 8 at Beachview Tennis Club.
“We’re very fortunate to have Grampy’s Charities as presenting sponsor again,” says Lisa Newmeyer-Cochrane, chair of the tournament. For the 27th annual and this year, Grampy’s donated $5,000 and also generously provided T-shirts for the players and electronics for the silent auction.
Based in New London, CT, Grampy’s Charities’ mission is to raise funds and support for children’s organizations, with the hope that by partnering with comfort and research-based charities, they will be able to make a difference in the lives of kids who need it most. In practice, they look for small charities to fund, where the money can be more transformative. As an example, their support of Team Impact helped grow it into a national nonprofit that connects children facing serious and chronic illnesses with local college athletic teams, forming life-long bonds and life-changing outcomes.
SCCF serves children and teens in hands-on activities and through its dedication to improving the region’s water quality as well as its history of preserving natural spaces on the islands for generations of families.
In partnership with Captiva Cruises, SCCF offers a No Child Left on Shore program for Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres school students and special needs groups who might otherwise not get out on a boat. Through a partnership with the Sanibel School, SCCF educators teach experiential environmental classes and wildlife photography workshops to students at the Pick Preserve.
Sanibel residents Jim and Jonatha Castle founded Grampy’s Charities and are avid tennis players at Beachview.
“We are grateful for all the support we receive through the community and are looking forward to more sponsors for this year’s event,” says Newmeyer-Cochrane, who has been volunteering to run the event for several years.
Men’s and women’s doubles teams that play at the 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 levels are welcome to enter the tournament. An entry fee of $75/person includes a T-shirt and both breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Winners and runners-up receive a wine glass etched by Luc Century, who founded the tournament.
Newmeyer-Cochrane also invites spectators to come enjoy the fun community gathering and exciting competition, while supporting SCCF.
For registration, contact Beachview Tennis Director Toni Halski at 239-472-9099. Sponsorships are still available at levels from $150 to $5000 by calling the SCCF at 239-472-2329. You can download a registration form for sponsorship or entry here. Registration is open until Dec. 4.
Breakfast, lunch and refreshments are being provided by Bailey’s General Store, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, the Lazy Flamingo, Malia, Sanibel Deli and Traders. Spectators are welcome to enjoy refreshments from 9am to dusk on Saturday and 9am to 1pm on Sunday.
The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on Sanibel and Captiva and in the surrounding watershed. Learn more at sccf.org.