Tennis tournament donates $9,000 to Susan Komen S.C.
The McLeod for Health Florence Open Tennis Tournament recently donated its 2019 profits - a total of $9,000 - to Susan G. Komen South Carolina to help fight breast cancer in the northeastern region of South Carolina.
City of Florence Director of Tennis and McLeod Open Tournament Director Rob Hill expressed his appreciation to McLeod Health for another successful event benefitting Komen South Carolina and women at risk for breast cancer. He added that over the last six years, the McLeod for Health Florence Open has raised $60,000 for Susan G. Komen South Carolina.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 McLeod for Health Florence Open was cancelled by the City of Florence in late August. McLeod Breast Surgeon Dr. Amy Murrell added that McLeod Health will remain the title sponsor for the 2021 McLeod Open, which will be held at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center next October during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“For the safety and protection of all involved from the national and international tennis players who participate in the McLeod for Health Florence Open as well as our officials and spectators we knew postponing the tournament to next year was in everyone’s best interest,” explained Dr. Murrell.
Over the years, Susan G. Komen South Carolina has provided significant grant funding to Pee Dee area programs for mammograms, follow-up diagnostic procedures, patient navigation services, and survivor support services, including transportation.
“We are pleased that we can make this donation to Komen South Carolina to support the breast cancer programs they fund which benefit our patients locally,” added Dr. Murrell.
Florence, one of the smallest cities on the circuit, was selected to host an event because of its world-class courts, its strong volunteer base, and the generosity of its sponsors.
This eight-day tournament puts Florence on the world tennis map and generates significant tourism revenues for our community.