Legend Oaks gives back

  • Friday, March 14, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Legend Oaks Golf and Tennis Club officials and participants from this year’s Legend Oaks Gives Back Tennis Tournament, on Tuesday, presented a check to Peg Lahmeyer and Cheryl Moniz of The Ark of Summerville. From left are Richard Williams, Jim Chickarello, Kathy Chickarello, Andy Steingold, Steve Glaettli, Peg Lahmeyer, Aynsley Hadley, Cheryl Moniz, Carol Wilson, Lisa Diedrick, Laura Doerr and Su MacAdam.

The fourth annual Legend Oaks Gives Back USTA Level 2 Tennis Tournament raised more than $8,000 to support the Lowcountry community in need.

Held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at Legend Oaks Golf and Tennis Club in Summerville,

the tennis tournament started on a Friday evening and ran through Sunday afternoon. Despite the cold and rainy weather, 175 players ranging from beginners to the highest-ranking local players and professionals came out to make the event a huge success.

There were 19 champions crowned during the event. However the biggest winner was The ARK of Summerville, which was presented with a check for $8,344.50 on Tuesday.

Members of Legend Oaks Gives Back Tennis Committee selected The ARK as this year’s charity based on votes made by club members.

Club owner Jim Chickarello is thrilled the event has grown so fast over its four-year history, and that The ARK will benefit from the funds.

“It’s great to see so many residents within our community supporting their neighbors in need,” Chickarello said, “Local charities need our support more than ever.”

Chickarello thanked the Legend Oaks Gives Back Tennis Committee Members for their tireless efforts in support of this event. Those serving on this year’s committee included Carol Wilson-Chairman, Dawn Blatner, Lisa Diedrick, Laura Doerr, Aynsley Hadley, Su MacAdam, Holly Plyler, Andy Steingold and Richard Williams.

Chickarello also thanked the generous sponsors in the business community, club members, and neighbors in Legend Oaks for their continued support.

The Legend Oaks Gives Back program was founded in 2008 by Jim Chickarello. The club staff joins with club members and the Legend Oaks neighborhood, working together to help those in the immediate community in need. The year- round initiative, includes a major fall fundraiser with a tennis tournament, golf tournament and dinner with silent auction, a 5K run on the back nine, back to school supplies drive and a Christmas toy drive. Past donations have benefited Dorchester Children’s Center, Meals on Wheels of Summerville, MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, MUSC Children’s Hospital and The Palmetto House. Legend Oaks Gives Back, operating under the motto “A community working together, to help those in need!” has raised more than $170,000 since its inception.

The Legend Oaks Gives Back charity initiative welcomes businesses and members of the community who would like to become involved and help those in our local community in need. For more information, contact Theresia Ware at 821-4077, extension 103 or tware@legendoaksgolf.com.

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