The Sertoma Club of Charleston presented 8 local charities and youth organizations with checks totaling over $47,000 at a luncheon at Johnson Hagood Stadium on the campus of the Citadel. This represented the monies raised during the 2012 C. T. Lowndes & Company Sertoma High School Football Classic. Each participating high school also received a check from Sertoma, pushing the total amount given to over $80,000. In the 42 years of the classic, over $3,600,000 has been donated to the local community.
The recipients of the checks are Windward Farms Home for Children (primary benefactor), Eagle Harbor Children’s Home, Trinitas Foundation, Happy Days and Special Times, Scottish Rites Center for Childhood Language Disorders, Ronald McDonald House, Charleston Therapeutic Riding Center, and West Ashley High School ROTC.
The Sertoma Classic is put on by a group of full time businessmen who believe in the philosophy of kids helping kids.
At the luncheon, John McKissick, Summerville High School Football Coach, was recognized for having won 601 football games to date in his career. Coach McKissick has been the football coach at Summerville High School for 61 years and has participated in every one of the 42 Sertoma Classics! As Coach put it, “The Sertoma Football Classic really is a classic”.
The 2012 Classic featured the introduction of the Roddy White Most valuable Player Award. Roddy White, now a wide receiver for the NFL Atlanta Falcons, played in the Classic for the James island Trojans. In a taped video, Mr. White spoke very highly of the Sertoma Classic and mentioned how exciting it was for a high school kid to be able to play football in a college stadium.
Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley was guest speaker and assisted in the presentations. Club president John Panagiotou noted how interesting it was that the luncheon celebrating the 42nd annual Sertoma Football Classic, now sponsored by C. T. Lowndes & Company, the oldest independent insurance agency in South Carolina (since 1850) featured the longest serving mayor (since 1975) and the longest tenured active football coach (since 1952)!
All of us at C. T. Lowndes & Company are honored to be a part of the Sertoma High School Football Classic and look forward to sponsoring the event again in 2013. Attending the luncheon from C. T. Lowndes & Company were Bill Silcox, COO; Henry H. Lowndes, Jr. , CEO; Rawlins Lowndes, Moncks Corner Office Manager; Pixie Melfi, Summerville Office Manager; and Tony Branch, also a Sertoman.