Golf tournament raises a record $579,000 in scholarships for local sea island students and for educational pursuits of Briar’s Creek employees
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. – The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek hosted the 4th Annual Robert and Janice McNair Invitational on Wednesday, October 9 to fund scholarships for local, deserving students to attend Charleston Collegiate School, and for the benefit and educational pursuits of Briar’s Creek employees.
Fifty-five benefactors participated at $5,000 each, additional tournament supporters contributed, and the McNair family matched every dollar raised, bringing the total donations to $579,000, a record year for the tournament. Of these funds, 16 local students, in grades four through twelve, will receive scholarships for their tuition at Charleston Collegiate School.
The impact of the Robert and Janice McNair Invitational has been quite considerable. To date, the event has raised $1.88 million over the past four years. There are currently 16 student scholars at Charleston Collegiate School who are part of the school family because of this tournament.
“We are grateful for the tremendous scholarship support this community has shown, ultimately providing 16 promising students with the opportunity to be a part of the Charleston Collegiate School family,” said Bonnie Scapellato, director of development at Charleston Collegiate School. “These scholarships truly transform our school and the lives of deserving students on Johns Island. Words can’t adequately express the gratitude we feel for Briar’s Creek, the McNair family and the generous club members and benefactors who come together each year to make this tournament such a staggering success.”
A portion of the total amount raised will contribute to the Briar’s Creek Employee Educational Fund, which was created to benefit the educational pursuits and retirement benefits of the employees at Briar’s Creek. Many employees have been able to take professional courses and pursue advanced degrees as a result of the availability of funds to support their efforts. The Employee Fund also creates additional retirement benefits for the Briar’s Creek staff.
“Briar’s Creek stands apart when it comes to investing in our employees,” said Clint Wood, general manager at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek. “We take pride in having two Briar’s Creek employees completing their master’s degrees in 2019, one obtaining a business degree and another receiving a Master PGA Professional Certification.”
Charleston Collegiate is a non-profit K-12 school located on Johns Island and is accredited with the Southern Association of Independent Schools. Diversity is a cornerstone of Charleston Collegiate’s educational experience, and the school is dedicated to supporting the area’s many different cultural, racial and socio-economic groups through its scholarship program. For more information, visit www.charlestoncollegiate.org