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

October 15, 2008 09:39 AM

Put on your best island/luau chic attire, drape a beautiful flower lei around your neck, think palm trees and island breezes filled with the smell of coconuts and saltwater air and get ready to party at the annual Swingtime Gala presented by The Law Offices of Andy M. Custer, Saturday, November 22, 2008, 7:00 p.m. at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort. The Gala, with its new, fun-filled island/luau theme including a cocktail reception, dinner, island music and performance, and silent and live auctions, is guaranteed to be one of the highlights of the 10th annual Swingtime -- A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament -- Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, returning to Naples, Florida on November 22-23, 2008. The tennis pro-am and exhibition will also take place at The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort with the golf pro-am tournament returning to Olde Cypress.

Joining Tom Gullikson for this year’s Swingtime are current and former tennis stars Mardy Fish, Sebastien Grosjean, Jimmy Arias, Corina Morariu, MaliVai Washington, Wendy Turnbull, Harold Solomon, Brian Gottfried, Ricardo Acuna, Jay Berger, and Lori McNeil. Other celebrities planning to make the scene are actress Robin Givens and actor Michael Lombardi from FX’s Rescue Me, TV announcer Brett Haber, baseball’s Mike Cuellar, Rennie Stennett and Bill Gullickson, football’s Don Silvestri and Tom Sorensen, and Olympic gymnast Blaine Wilson.

Swingtime is offering a special 10% discount to USTA members to attend the Tennis Exhibition. Box Seats are $63 and General Admission tickets are $31.50 for USTA members. The Tennis Exhibition will include a minimum of two competitive matches featuring American player Mardy Fish vs. a current touring ATP professional with a doubles match to follow.

The schedule for this year’s action-packed Swingtime Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation weekend is as follows:

Tennis Pro-Am: November 22, 2008/10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m./The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort
Tennis Exhibition: November 22, 2008/2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m./The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort
Swingtime Gala: November 22, 2008/7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m./The Players Club & Spa at Lely Resort
Golf Pro-Am Tournament: November 23, 2008/9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m./Olde Cypress

Over the past ten years, Swingtime has raised more than $1,000,000 for The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation. 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.

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Lee Memorial Health System, a seven hospital system with over 1,000 beds and numerous ambulatory systems throughout Lee County, is the local beneficiary of the 10th annual Swingtime. Lee Cancer Care is a service within the Lee Memorial Health System that provides programs and treatments for over 5,000 cancer patients each year. With the support of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, Lee Memorial Health System intends to establish a patient “Navigator” that will assist brain tumor patients throughout their journey.

The official Swingtime host sponsor, Stock Development, is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing development companies in Southwest Florida, with properties from Naples to Punta Gorda. 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.

The Law Offices of Andy M. Custer, which is located in Palm Beach County and dedicated to protecting your right to justice, is continuing its support of Swingtime by sponsoring this year’s Swingtime Gala, which is now titled the Swingtime Gala presented by The Law Offices of Andy M. Custer.

Official sponsors of Swingtime include Allen Systems Group (ASG), JetBlue Airways, Meridian Broadcasting – WINK 1240 am and CW6, Naples Marco Island and Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau, Naples Daily News, Naples Illustrated, Nike, GreenLinks Golf Resort and Conference Center, and Tennis Week.

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, 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 ($63 for USTA members) for Box Seats and $35 ($31.50 for USTA members) for General Admission seating. For tickets to the Tennis Exhibition, call (800) 927-7242. Individual invitations to the Gala are $250. For more information or to purchase spots in the Tennis Pro-Am, Golf Pro-Am Tournament or invitations to the Gala phone (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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