Nags Head- The Outer Banks Tennis Association has just accepted Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. as the Bronze level sponsor for the upcoming Outer Banks Charity Classic benefit tennis tournament. For the past 13 years the tournament has benefited Dare County's hospice program.

The hospice program, within the Dare County Department of Health and Human Services, provides holistic, end-of-life care that focuses on the physical, emotional, relational and spiritual needs of local patients with a terminal diagnosis, and their families.

Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. has sponsored the tournament for the past several years. Founder Courtney Gallop said "Dare County families are indeed fortunate to have a hospice program of this caliber in our community- we are proud to share in its continued success."