Record Turn Out and Funds Raised

The Edisto Island Open Land Trust’s 7th Annual Cocktail Party and Live Auction held on Friday, June 20 was a huge success. Thanks in part to the exciting location at Grover’s Bar and Grill, EIOLT had record attendance with over 200 supporters. The live auction raised the most money in the history of the event, including a record breaking amount raised for EIOLT’s education outreach program.

Guests were wowed by Southern Affairs Catering’s delightful selection of heavy hors d’ouevres.  Benefit auctioneer Tom Crawford revved up the crowd with a lively game of Heads or Tails, which brought in over $1000. Handmade auction items, including a wooden boat constructed by John Martin of Cottageville and a hand-carved turkey feather by Roy Smoak, inspired intense bidding. Vacation packages and the chance to have an event at Sunny Side Plantation were also extremely popular.

Twenty-six teams, our largest field ever, were eager to begin the Tomato Open on Saturday morning. A record number of ladies participated, with Maria Woods hitting the ladies’ longest drive. Nick Collins hit the men’s longest drive. Dan David, Charlie Pulley, Randall Sandin, and Trina Turbeville were closest to the pin on holes 3, 6, 12 and 16, respectively. Nick Collins attempted the $5000 Putt, but just missed out on the cash. Carol Payne attempted the Million Dollar Shot. First Flight champions were Team Sinclaire, Perry, Collins and Padgette, who tied for first with Team Nunnery, David, Payne and Thomerson.  The Second Flight was won by Team Lee, Callahan, Kelly and Taylor.  Team Fishback, Turbeville, Turbeville and Wamer won the Third Flight.

BI-LO showed their community support as the title sponsor of this year’s event, and their staff brought a high level of fun and energy on and off the course. Lead sponsors were the Huffines Company, Rizer Chevrolet Buick GMC and Southern Affairs Catering.  Supporting sponsors were Atwood Vacations Real Estate, Jim Kempson of Carolina One Sea Island Group, Edisto Real Estate Company, Edisto Sales & Rentals Realty, First Citizens Wealth Management, Fort Sumter Tours, The Plantation Course, Po Pigs Bo-B-Q, the Town of Edisto Beach, Sea Spirits Liquor and Ice and Murdaugh’s Tree Service.

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