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Swingtime - A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament

June 28, 2007 04:06 PM

NAPLES, Fla., -- The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation is excited to announce that Cancer Alliance of Naples, Inc. (CAN) has been selected for the third year to be the local beneficiary of its annual Swingtime fundraiser in Naples.  CAN is a grassroots, volunteer-governed charitable organization devoted to improving the quality of life of local individuals and families affected by cancer by providing need-based financial assistance, information resources and links to services and support groups in our community. 

The ninth annual Swingtime -- A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament -- Benefitting The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, will be held November 17-18, 2007.  For the third consecutive year Stock Development’s The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort and Olde Cypress will host the Event.  Already committed to participate in the event are tennis stars Mardy Fish and Todd Martin. 

"The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation is excited to continue its support of the great work CAN is doing in Naples and throughout Collier County," said Tom Gullikson, chairman of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation.  "CAN has helped more than 650 families battling cancer thus far and we hope we can contribute to their helping many more." 

The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation was established in 1995 after Tim was diagnosed with malignant brain tumors.  Tim Gullikson, who as a coach helped establish Pete Sampras as the top player in the world, died in 1996, at age 44, after losing his battle with the disease.  The Foundation’s mission is to fund care and support programs to assist brain-tumor patients and their families in managing the physical, emotional and social challenges presented by the illness.  Among other things, the Foundation funds information and support phone lines for brain tumor patients and their families, sends children who are brain tumor survivors to camp, and gives college scholarships to students who have been affected by brain tumors. 

The ninth annual Swingtime will have an “A-list” of celebrity guests for the entertaining, action-packed weekend. Swingtime patrons will have the opportunity to join Event Host Tom Gullikson, other famous athletes, including Fish and Martin, actors and musicians when they take part in the numerous fun-filled activities. The weekend’s activities include a Round-Robin Tennis Pro-Am and Tennis Exhibition at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort, a Golf Pro-Am Tournament at Olde Cypress, and “An Evening With The Stars” Swingtime Gala presented by Allen Systems Group at a premier location in Naples.  The schedule of events is as follows: 

            Tennis Pro-Am                                &​nbsp;November 17, 2007, 9:00 a.m. – Noon

            Tennis Exhibition                            &​nbsp; November 17, 2007, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

            Swingtime Gala presented by ASG      November 17, 2007, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

            Pro-Am Golf Tournament                  November 18, 2007, 9:00 a.m. (shotgun start) 

The official Swingtime host sponsor, Stock Development, is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing development companies in Southwest Florida, with properties throughout Southwest Florida.  Specializing in the development of amenity rich communities, the company's craftsmanship and expertise are proudly displayed in five of the regions most celebrated communities: Lely Resort Golf & Country Club, Olde Cypress in Naples; Grandezza in Estero; Paseo in Ft. Myers and Vivante at Punta Gorda. For more information about Stock Development please visit www.stockdevelopment.com

Allen Systems Group (ASG), a computer software firm based in Naples continues its participation in Swingtime as the Gala sponsor.  Other valued Swingtime sponsors include JetBlue Airways, Meridian Broadcasting - Lite 93.7, n Magazine, Naples Daily News, Nike, Tennis Week, The Oliver Group and Waterman Broadcasting – NBC2 and ABC7. 

C & H Events, Inc. is a full-service event management and marketing company based in Boca Raton, Fla.  Among the tennis events C & H Events manages in addition to Swingtime are The Oliver Group Champions Cup - men’s senior tennis tournament, Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest to benefit the Mardy Fish Foundation, the Bank of the West Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and Couples Resorts Tennis Fantasy Camp.  Please visit www.chevents.com for further details about C & H Events. 

Tickets for Swingtime’s Tennis Exhibition are $70 for Box Seats and $35 for general admission tickets.  For tickets to the Tennis Exhibition, call 800.927.7242.  For further information about the Tennis Pro-Am, Gala and Golf Pro-Am Tournament, call C & H Events, Inc. at 239.649.7171 or 561.394.9190 or email MLCope@chevents.com. For information on the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation please visit their website at gulliksonfoundation.org.






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