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MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation Celebrates 13 Years

October 7, 2009 07:00 PM

 MaliVai Washington (left) and wife and table guests

The Malivai Washington Kids Foundation (MWKF) raised approximately $160,000 to support its various youth tennis and education programs in September during The Kossak Companies Golf and Tennis Gala, with the dinner gala held in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., at the Sawgrass Marritt Resort and Spa.

The 13th year celebration of the academic and athletic success of students enrolled in the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation featured actors and celebrities such as "the original" Kenny Kramer from Seinfeld fame, Chris Bruno, Gregory Harrison, Emery Moorehead, Bob Thomas, Desi Relaford and many others.

The Tennis Pro-Am kicked off the event at Deerwood Country Club where celebrities and Pro-Am participants played round robin tennis with an awards ceremony following. Approximately 500 guests then attended the gala dinner and awards ceremony at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort and Spa where Adrienne Clark, a 7th grader at Darnell Cookman Middle School was awarded the Student Athlete of the Year award along with a $5,000 scholarship.

Neshelle Scott, a senior at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville was awarded the Rick Murray "Don't Quit" Award as well as a $5,000 scholarship. Other awards presented included Take Stock in Children scholarships which cover tuition at any Florida college or university.


USTA Florida Tennis Program Coordinator Amanda Becker (left)
and USTA Florida Past President Celia Rehm (right) with students
of the MWKF program

The dinner also included a silent auction with items ranging from private tennis lessons, golf foursomes, sports memorabilia, dinner certificates, out of town attractions and more. Live auction items this year included original artwork signed by Roger Federer and Stephen Holland, a five-day South African safari, pizza and a limo ride with Jacksonville Jaguars' own Maurice Jones-Drew, and a one-week Cancun vacation, among other unique items.

The Golf Pro-Am and brief awards ceremony was held at the Marsh Landing Country Club. 

Lucky Gala Raffle winners were:
2010 US Open Tennis Prize: Holly Kartonis, Jacksonville, FL
2010 PGA Championships Prize: Harold Fowler, Richmond Hills, GA
2nd Prize (40" Samsung TV): Greg Smith, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
3rd Prize ($500 Gift Card): Joe Lynch, Gettysburg, PA

Watch the inspirational video from the Gala at: http://www.malwashington.com/video.htm
To see more photos from the event, visit the MWKF website at www.malwashington.com.






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