Thursday, September 19, 2013

2013 EATF Grant Awards & Honoree Luncheon

In the early spring of last year, I was asked to be on the committee of the Eastern Adult Tennis Foundation (EATF). The EATF is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization created to bring public attention and financial support for worthy, grassroots tennis programs for adult and senior participation. Our biggest event is an annual luncheon held in September with morning tennis then lunch & a keynote speaker. 

Late last year, I was asked by the committee to serve as President & Chairwoman for this year. I accepted and was terrified! I am not well connected in the community and the majority of my tennis friends are on the committee!

But thanks to all of the wonderful ladies who serve on our committee, we were able to put on a fabulous day for 150 guests! 

Tennis Registration & Play

We had all of the tennis courts and TWO clubs filled with tennis enthusiasts and local pros who roamed and gave pointers. And the amazing Lindsay Davenport who played with every single group!

Beach Point Club Luncheon Room
Fashion Show Models

The weather was superb making for a beautiful setting on and off the court. Our luncheon room overlooked the picturesque waters as the boats floated in & out of the marina. We awarded nearly $19000 in grants to 18 organizations! We honored the late Maita Blume, my dear friend Abbi's mom, and a long-time committee member who passed away earlier this year.

Our keynote speaker was Lindsay Davenport, one of the greatest female tennis players ever. She has accomplished so much in her professional life: 14 years on the WTA pro tour, 3 Grandslam championships, and an Olympic gold medal in 1996. She has accomplished so much in her personal life: married to her best friend, mother to 3 children & one on the way! And she is honestly one of the most humble, shy, & gracious person that I have ever met. She captivated the entire audience with her stories and her expertise. She was open and honest sharing her struggles along the road to excellence.  

I truly feel honored to have been asked to head such a wonderful organization & cause and be surrounded by so many supportive women! Looking forward to the 2014 EATF Grant Awards Luncheon!

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