The 7th Annual Tennis with the Stars benefitting the Wish of A Lifetime Foundation and the Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation attracted more than 150 guests at the Columbine Country Club, Saturday, August 23.
Columbine Country Club Director of Tennis and Multi-tasking Master Andy Zodin once again organized a fun-filled event for youth and tennis professionals traditionally held right before the U.S. Tennis Open in New York City and the Colorado Open in September. Youth and adults took part in instructional drills in the morning, enjoyed a courtside lunch buffet and viewed top professionals compete in doubles throughout the afternoon. Silent auction items were presented and a brief recognition of youth participants completed the event. This year Mads Heglund and Andy Zurcher won the pro doubles contest.
Among the more than two dozen pro/celebrities participating this year were a variety of tennis professionals, coaches and players of all ages including: Vasilisa Bardina, Ian Ayler, Chris Cooprider, Keith Christman, Marcelo Balboa, Phillip Farmer, Damon Gilette, Herad Harbaugh, Jamal Heydari, Zach Fryer, Mads Heglund, Chris Jenkins, Jeff Loehr, Rick Meyers, Meredith McGrath, Kevin Nydam, Bobby Pesavento, and Dave Romberg. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey and KMGH/7News anchor Christine Chang showed off their best serves and volleys.
Nanci and Keith Robertson were honored with the Sascha Franzel Star of Stars Award, a recognition started by David and Sonia Franzel in honor of their daughter who passed away from natural causes at the age of 19.
Special thanks went to key sponsors and supporters including Pacific Shipping, Columbine Country Club, Hyde Park Jewelers, Skin Essentials, Coatings, Inc., Vail Racquet Club, Coldwell Banker, Custom Printing Services and 5280 Burger Bar.
This year’s proceeds benefitted two Denver-based non-profits serving senior citizens and children.
The Wish of a Lifetime Foundation grants lifelong wishes to seniors who have overcome tremendous challenges in their own lives. By granting Wishes for deserving seniors, the organization aims to shift the way society views and values aging.
Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation, a 501(c)3 fundraising arm of USTA Colorado, promotes the physical, emotional and social development of all youth to aspire to become active, productive and responsible citizens.
For more information visit: Colorado Youth Tennis Foundation at www.facebook.com/pages/Colorado-Youth-Tennis-Foundation-CYTF or through Colorado Tennis at www.colorado.usta.com. Visit the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation (WOL) at www.seniorwish.com