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Tennis Briefs: USTA Florida Raffle Winners, Delray Beach Events

January 12, 2010 06:00 PM
USTA Florida's 60th Anniversary Celebration and the Foundation Fundraising Weekend Yields Fun, Funds

On the weekend of Dec. 4-6, 2009, USTA Florida celebrated a landmark in its 60-year history -- "60 years of Love" were celebrated along with the retirement of junior tennis icon Bobby Curtis after 30 years of dedicated service to Florida tennis at the USTA Florida Annual Meeting.

Saturday was Fundraising Day for the USTA Florida Section Foundation, the charitable arm of USTA Florida. Founded in 2004, the Foundation values tennis programs that develop self-esteem and human potential for all Floridians, regardless of age and ability. It is the Foundation's belief that tennis provides opportunities for healthy social, emotional, physical and educational development and encourages peer and family participation.

Activities on Saturday included a Silent Auction, Casino night, and the Raffle Drawing for the Second Annual US Open Fundraiser. There were four thrilled winners enjoying four fabulous prizes:

The third place winner is Kathy Campbell from Melbourne. She will enjoy a two-night stay at the beautiful Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood Florida and a round of golf for her and her guest.

The second place winner is Peter Slaynasky of Port St. Lucie, who will have Courtside Box Seats at the 2010 US Open.

Enjoying the Grand Prize, a VIP trip for two to the 2010 US Open President's Box, including a two-night hotel stay and airfare to New York City, will be Lee Beneke of Safety Harbor.

Winning the special drawing for those that helped sell tickets by selling an entire book was Nancy Ross of Palm Beach Gardens. She is getting ready to enjoy a trip to the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.

The Foundation wishes to thank all those who purchased raffle tickets and helped make this campaign a great success.  For those that didn't win, we appreciate your support, and hope that you will participate again next year. The Foundation also wishes to thank all those who purchased gifts at the Silent Auction, ads in the Program Book, and most specially, the donors of all our Silent Auction gifts (see donor list below).

More than $25,000 was raised to support the USTA Florida Section Foundation in the important work of improving the health and quality of life of Floridians through tennis. It will allow the Foundation to assist charitable organizations in operating tennis programs for Florida's youth and special-needs populations, along with building and renovating public tennis courts.

2009 Silent Auction Donors

Amelia Island Plantation
BMW Championship Tennis Tournament
Lyn Bruner
Peggy and Burnham Beard
Sherry Beckman
Cazio Tee Shirt Designers
Doug Booth
Brio Tuscan Grill
Delray Beach International Tennis Championships
Doubletree Hotel, Palm Beach Gardens
Field BMW of Lakeland
Phil Girardi
Todd Goldman, Tennis Life Magazine
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
Margaret Huggins
Karen McFarland
Jeff Miller
Moon Dance Dzine-Beth Behrhurst
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Nicklaus
Gabe Norona
Papa John's, Ricky Warman
Polo Club Spa
Pro Tennis World
RSN Promotions
Renfroe Pecan Company
Captain Ron and Erin Rice
Adam Ross
Saddlebrook Resort
Linda Siris
Sony Ericsson Open
Tampa Airport Marriott
Team Connection
USTA Florida
Rick Vach
Bev Wiese
Wilson Sporting Goods

2009 Sponsor Hotels and Auction Donors

Bahama House, Daytona Beach
Best Western Aku Tiku
Daytona Beach, Courtyard by Marriott
Daytona Beach, Residence Inn by Marriott
Hampton Inn, Daytona Speedway Airport
Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort
Hilton Garden Inn, Daytona Beach
Holiday Inn Express Speedway Resort
Holiday Inn LPGA, Daytona Beach
Inn by the Sea, Cottage Rental Agency, Seaside FL
Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club
Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, FL

Delray Beach ITC Survivor Series, Volunteers and Ball Kid Opportunities

Great opportunities are available for the tennis-playing public to get involved in the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, coming up Feb. 20-28, 2010, at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

First, there's the Survivor Series III tournament scheduled for Jan. 30-Feb. 2 (Saturday-Tuesday) for any player who wants a shot at playing in the ATP World Tour tournament. The player who wins the third and final Survivor tournament earns a wildcard into the Delray Beach ITC's pre-qualifying tournament Feb. 20-22. Information and registration is at: http://tennislink.usta.com/tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=84029.

A much less grueling way to gain entry into the tournament? Become a Volunteer or Ball Kid. Volunteer positions include drivers, ushers, registration and office personnel and ticket takers; ball kids must be 12-years-old to apply.Information is on-line at www.YellowTennisBall.com.

Two Delray Beach ITC ancillary are the Singles Mingle Mega Mixer on Saturday, Feb. 27 and the Mats Wilander WOW Fantasy Camps (Feb. 24-28). For more info go to www.YellowTennisBall.com.






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