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Around the time the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1992, the organization’s longest-running fundraiser was founded by Luc Century. Entering its 28th year, the tournament will be Dec. 7 and 8 at Beachview Tennis Club.
“We’ve always played on clay courts for the tournament. It’s softer and easier on the joints and the older generation appreciates it,” says Century, an avid player himself. “We’ve had all ages over the years – from 16 up to 90-year-old players. Everyone appreciates the clay.”
Century, whose wife, Dee Serage-Century volunteers at the SCCF Landscape & Garden Center after a 34-year career with the non-profit, was inspired to create the fundraiser to show his support of SCCF’s mission.
“It’s a cause I love and I love tennis, so it was a natural fit,” recalls Century, one of Sanibel’s best-known artists who etches glassworks. “Several years ago, I handed over the torch of volunteering to organize the tournament to Lisa Newmeyer-Cochrane who is a sweetheart and a tennis player.”
For the second year, Grampy’s Charities is presenting sponsor, donating $5,000 and also generously providing T-shirts for the players, prizes for the raffle and electronics for the silent auction.
“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 invites spectators to come enjoy the fun community event.
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 Century.
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. Download the sccf tennis tourney entry form 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 (SCCF) 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.