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Cary Community Tennis Association Benefit Touches Community

September 3, 2004 11:07 AM

The Cary Community Tennis Association held its second Women’s Doubles Charity Tennis Classic August 19th and 20th to benefit INTERACT of Wake County and the CCTA Jr. Scholarship Fund. The event exceeded all expectations by raising an estimated $50,000 for local charities. This year’s addition of a Silent Auction and Wine Tasting enabled the event to double its total from the first year.

“This has been such a challenging and rewarding event and with the help of enthusiastic volunteers and sponsors, has been a huge success in a very short period of time,” said Robin Jones, event organizer and President of the CCTA.

The two-day event kicked off Thursday night with a Silent Auction and Wine Tasting at the Mercedes Benz of Cary showroom. The Auction featured items ranging from family Walt Disney vacations, to dinners at local restaurants, rounds of golf, sports memorabilia, beauty services and other valuable items donated by local businesses.

On Friday morning the tournament began with a women’s round robin doubles tournament. Lunch was provided courtesy of Panera Bread, and entertainment was provided with a wheelchair tennis exhibition demonstrating how able bodied and wheelchair athletes can play the sport of tennis together. Last year, the Cary Community Tennis Association started the first wheelchair tennis league in North Carolina. Former US Open Wheelchair Champion, Harriet Enzor, played in the exhibition with Kelly Gaines, North Carolina Tennis Association Executive Director, against wheelchair athlete Billy Enoe of Wilmington, NC and Butch Young, Wheelchair instructor for the Cary Tennis Center.

Emcees for Friday’s events were Sheri Logan of Mix 101.5 WRAL FM, and WRAL news anchor David Crabtree. The pair entertained players and spectators with their commentating, door prize raffle, and trophy ceremony. In addition to the emcees and exhibition, was speaker Tanisha Bagley, who survived a violent 10-year relationship with the help and support of INTERACT.

The mission of INTERACT is to provide the needed services and support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The CCTA Jr. Scholarship Fund was created to help youth that would otherwise be unable to financially pursue the sport of tennis. Two $1,000 Scholarships are awarded annually based on grades, high school tennis team involvement, leadership, community service, and participation in CCTA programs.




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