Town is the Presenter Sponsor of the Alan Fleming Tournament

Town of Seabrook banner - reducedThe Town of Seabrook Island is proud to announce that it is the Presenter Sponsor of the Alan Fleming Senior Open Clay Court State Championship that will be held here on the Island in October.A comprehensive and persuasive presentation by the Fleming Committee was made to the Council describing the importance of the Tournament and the positive economic impact it would have on the Seabrook Island.  Council was told that 2015 marks the 34th year of the tournament that has grown into one of the most popular events on the southern senior tournament schedule.  Of particular relevance to Seabrook Island, it was added, is that this is a senior championship for people ranging in age from 35 to 80 years old, all prime tourism candidates for Seabrook Island.

The benefits to the Town of Seabrook Island were supported by an Estimated Economic Impact Study prepared by Charleston Area Sports Commission, part of the Charleston Visitors Bureau.   Based on data from the 2014 tournament, the study concluded that last year the tournament generated $330,000 of commercial revenue, the majority of which was spent locally.  This did not include a real estate sale to one of the competitors.

The request to the Council was that the Town be a Presenter Sponsor, contributing $5,000.  This would sponsor the welcoming cocktail party on Thursday and the dinner on Friday night.  After discussion, the motion was approved by unanimous vote of the Council.

In consideration for the sponsorship, the Fleming Committee would list the Town on the Sponsor banner at the Racquet Club for a full year.  During the Tournament, three Town banners will be prominently displayed.  In addition, the Town’s sponsorship will be referenced in all of the Tournament’s printed material.  Council members were invited to the cocktail party and the dinner.

Submitted by Sally Kimball, Tidelines Writer

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