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TREASURE COAST -- The Racquet Club at Tesoro in Port St. Lucie did more than showcase the $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Women's Challenger in January.
The tennis tournament host named the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast as its benefiting charity and as a result, $6,780 was raised through HSTC raffle ticket sales, donations and a silent auction.
Throughout the event, the HSTC featured dogs that were available for adoption during the tournament and highlighted its pet therapy programs.
"We greatly appreciate the great support from the local community that attended this premier tennis event," said Frank Valente, HSTC President and CEO. "The funds raised will directly benefit all of our shelter animals."
Alexandra Owen, the event's sponsorship/marketing director, chose the HSTC as its benefiting charity because she and her husband, Winston, are committed animal lovers.
"We were very happy to help the animals and at the same time host a world-class tennis tournament," said Ms. Owen.
The tournament, held Jan. 13-20, attracted the top-ranked professional women's players from around the world and offered $25,000 in prize money.
Since 1955, the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, located at 4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave. in Palm City, has been the leading advocate for animal welfare in the Martin County area. A nonprofit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations, wills and bequests to support its programs and services.
For more information, visit www.hstc1.org or call (772) 223-8822.