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Nearly $70,000 Raised for Breast Cancer by 2010 Pink Ribbon Tennis Tournament in Pensacola

March 22, 2010 07:00 PM
by Scott Harrison


Left to right: the Pink Belles winners, sisters Krysta Edge
and Holly Barrett, with runners-up (and their mother) Jean Lee, a
cancer survivor, and her plastic surgeon after her breast cancer, Jocelyn Leveque.

The 8th Annual Pink Ribbon Tennis Tournament was held March 18-20, 2010 at Roger Scott Tennis Center in Pensacola and raised nearly $70,000 for the Pensacola Breast Cancer Association. The tournament, presented by the Ann L. Baroco Center for Breast Health at Sacred Heart Women's Hospital, and Brown Helicopter, Inc., increased participants from 192 in 2009 to 256 in 2010 with the addition of 10 new soft courts at Roger Scott Tennis Center. Two complete 64 team compass draws allowed for 16 winners and runners-up, with all players getting at least four matches.

A huge silent auction tent filled with pink items from wine baskets, to art work to lessons with area pros and much, much more combined with a Thursday night "Calcutta for a Cure" featuring 10 area pros and 30 amateurs, fabulous raffle prizes, terrific weather, plentiful food and drink and wonderful times both on and off the courts with friends and opponents made for the biggest and boldest Pink Ribbon Tournament yet. And never to be outdone, the committee was already talking about next year during Saturday evening's clean up!

The Pink Ribbon Tennis Tournament Committee consists of five amazingly vigorous ladies: Susan Emerson, tournament coordinator; Debbie Cook, treasurer and website manager; Lisa Foster, registration chair; Susan Bonsignore, silent auction chair; and Lori Perkins, Calcutta for a Cure chair. These women and their horde of volunteers turned Roger Scott Tennis Center into an incredibly organized Pink carnival.

Tournament Directors Bruce Caton, Will Morrison and Scott Harrison kept the 304 matches moving as well as possible. Volunteer Donna Underdonk flew back to Pensacola from Arizona to play and lend her expertise to the compass draw presentation process. She has come up with the absolute best visual and technical presentation of the eight compass draw boards yet to be seen.

"I'm very proud of our ladies and our tennis community," Caton said. "This event was enhanced immeasurably by USTA Florida's assistance in getting the claycourts built. On many levels it was the best tournament ever held in Pensacola."

Many, many volunteers make this kind of event possible, even a few men who labored in the background, in their pink shirts, hauling trash, cooking over the grill, doing the lifting and helping to build things. Thanks to all for a wonderful, wonderful event. The committee defies any other small market in the country to come up with so much money with only local contributions and no celebrities.

To see pictures, a complete list of sponsors and all the results from the tournament please check out the website at  http://pinkribbontennis.com.






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