Berkeley Hall’s Charity Cup Strongly Supports Community Service
It all felt so right. In fact, it became a very emotional evening as neighbors gathered to help neighbors in need throughout the greater Bluffton community. The presentation of donation checks was the grand finale to Berkeley Hall’s 2nd Charity Cup that was held April 8-10, 2010. On Wednesday, May 26, representatives of 4-local charities: The Bluffton Boy and Girls Club, Bluffton Self Help, Citizens Opposed to Domestic Violence (CODV) and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society gathered in their clubhouse to accept much needed donations that totaled $100,000.
Presiding over the festivities were Rear Admiral Phil and Diane Anselmo, residents of Berkeley Hall, who have Co-Chaired the first two Charity Cup events held at Berkeley Hall. Their commitment and dedication to this fund raising effort has been contagious, as the entire Berkeley Hall community has come together to ensure its success.
Members were joined that evening by Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka, Beaufort County Councilman Jerry Stewart and many business leaders who had so generously supported this fundraising effort. In their opening remarks, Mayor Sulka considered the Charity Cup a remarkable achievement, especially in light of the difficulties we contend with in the economy. Councilman Stewart commended Member of Berkeley Hall for their service to the community. It was noted that it keeps getting better. The Inaugural event held back in November 7-8, 2008, raised a total of $53,000 for local charities, which exceeded its initial goals
The Charity Cup was a 3-day program of activities that consisted of an Opening Cocktail Party and start of their Silent Auction. This was followed by a Charity Cup Golf Tournament and evening Gala that featured a Live Auction and the conclusion of their Silent Auction. The event was full of surprises and fun for the members, friends and community business leaders who generously supported the event. The real take away was the personal reward they shared in knowing that their contributions would be of lasting benefit to the recipients. As Diane Anselmo stated in her closing remarks; “The tremendous success of the Charity Cup would not have been possible without the community at large coming together in hearts and minds to make this happen. The people who make a difference are not the ones with credentials, but the ones with concern.”