Chairman Pat O’Day announced a one year postponement of the annual fund raising event. O’Day says, “The board must do some diligent re-planning of the tournament as the costs have risen to an extent leaving little money for the nonprofits, the sole reason for which the event is held.”
“The Classic, which over the pasts years has attracted so many figureheads from sports, music, radio, t.v, newspaper, writers and film producers, is truly an island fixture, and as such, it will be fixed,” O’Day said. Those rising costs include the giant tents for dinner, celebrity overnight accommodations, transportation, golf course rental and costs of presenting the big salmon dinner along with some administrative expenses.
O’Day and the board want to thank Islanders Bank, Kings Market and the many others who’ve been loyal supporters and major sponsors over the years and hope they will still be involved when the board brings forth a new plan.
The board is committed to re-starting the event and bringing more stars of today and tomorrow to the island to meet everyone. This, however, will only occur once it’s been determined how to deliver a majority of revenues with bigger checks to our islands nonprofits.