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Players sought for SCCF’s annual tennis tourney

By Staff | Nov 15, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Kirk Williams, Jimmy Fay, Beachview Tennis Director Toni Halski, Helmet Peters and tournament founder Luc Century celebrate the success of the 27th annual tournament.

The Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation is seeking doubles teams and sponsors for its 28th Annual Tennis Tournament to be held on Dec. 7-8 at the Beachview Tennis Club on Sanibel.

The weekend event welcomes spectators, as well.

“It’s a great opportunity to have fun, play tennis, enjoy refreshments and support SCCF, an organization that has a long and vital history on our islands,” event chair Lisa Newmeyer-Cochrane said.

Established in 1992, the tennis tournament is the longest-running fundraiser of the SCCF and is known for bringing the community together for a cause that islanders cherish. Event co-founder and Sanibel resident Luc Century, a glass artist and tennis aficionado, is donating etched works of glass as trophies.

“We’re also going to have some great prizes and a raffle,” Newmeyer-Cochrane, who also plays in the tournament, said. “I love tennis so it’s a great way to give back to SCCF and enjoy some great fun on the courts.”

PHOTO PROVIDED SCCF volunteer Diane Nietzel joins Grampy’s Charities presenting sponsors Jim and Johnnatha Castle at the 27th annual tournament.

Men’s and women’s doubles teams who play at the 3.0, 3.5 and 4.0 levels can register.

Winners and runners-up will receive a wine glass etched by Century.

Entry fee is $75 and includes a T-shirt and breakfast and lunch on both days.

Registration is open until Dec. 4.

Food and refreshments will be provided by Bailey’s General Store, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, Lazy Flamingo, Malia Island Fusion Cuisine, Sanibel Deli and Traders. Spectators can enjoy refreshments from 9 a.m. to dusk on Dec. 7 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 8.

For registration, contact Beachview Tennis Director Toni Halski at 239-472-9099. Sponsorships are still available at levels from $150 to $5,000 by calling the SCCF at 239-472-2329.

Download a registration form for sponsorship or entry at www.sccf.org.

The Beachview Tennis Club is at 1101 Par View Drive.