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Komen Charity Tennis Set for October in Tampa

August 30, 2009 07:00 PM
The 2nd Annual Hillsborough County Tennis Association Komen Rally for the Cure tournament and party is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16-17, 2009, with proceeds from the women's multi-level doubles tennis tournament going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, funding breast cancer research and treatment.

"Last year, with help from area clubs, 150 wonderful women tennis players, and our many sponsors, we raised more than $10,000 to fight breast cancer," says Tournament Director Marisol Casablanca. "This year we aim to do even better."

The HCTA/Komen Rally for the Cure takes place at five clubs. Festivities kick off Friday evening, Oct. 16, 7-11 p.m., with a pre-tourney party at Tampa Palms Country Club. Highlights will include a silent auction, a special guest speaker, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing to music by the band Full Circle.

At 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, clay court tennis matches are slated to start at four host clubs: Buckhorn Springs (East Hillsborough), Emerald Greens (West Hillsborough), Hunter's Green (New Tampa), and Countryside (Pinellas County). Play will be in 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, and 4.5 levels. Each tournament site will host a post-play luncheon.

On Saturday afternoon the championship HCTA/Komen tennis rounds will be held at Hunter's Green. Winners from each site at each level will play semifinal matches starting at 4:30 p.m., with championship matches to follow.

To register, visit the HCTA online at www.tampatennis.org. The per-player entry fee is $40 for Hillsborough County Tennis Association members and $50 for non-HCTA members. The pre-tournament party cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door (if tickets are still available).

For further information contact Marisol Casablanca at 813.997.2790 or you may contact these individuals:

West Hillsborough: Maxine Belcher maxinebelcher@yahoo.com, 813.765.9564.
East Hillsborough: Martha Jones, amapoloa3@aol.com, 813.205.6524.
Pinellas County: Sonya Thatch, skingloincsonya@aol.com, 727.796.1136.
New Tampa/Hunter's Green: Vicki Dunbar, vickidunbar@gmail.com, 813.326.3966.
New Tampa/Tampa Palms: Laura McKenna, tennismc@msn.com, 813.340.9305.

The Hillsborough County Tennis Association (www.tampatennis.org) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and an official USTA Florida Community Tennis Association (CTA). All donations (including entry fees and payment for party tickets) are tax deductible. The HCTA was founded in 2007 with a mission to promote and develop tennis in Hillsborough County.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure (www.komen.org) is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists.  The organization has invested more than $1 billion since its inception in 1982.
 

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