2015 YEAR IN REVIEW
WINTER ADULT TENNIS SOCIALS Our monthly Tennis Socials entertained over 50 different players January through April. With various formats for rotating players each month, such as World Team Tennis, Up and Down the River, or simply matching up players according to their NTRP level, our members had a chance to meet many new playing partners. Meeting with Ben the Bartender upstairs at Berkshire West for drinks and snacks was a great end to some very enjoyable evenings of tennis. This program which began January 2006 with the Hawaiian Tennis Party had to be discontinued due to lack of capacity. Thanks to Berkshire West for the 10 years of partnership, which brought many new players into the club!
SPRING YOUTH TENNIS We had 100 children, ages 5-14 years, playing on 6 Saturday mornings during May/June at Lee MS/HS and Lenox Community Center. Wilson Tan, Julie LePrevost, and Caitlyn Briggs oversaw 7 certified coaches, who taught two sections: Ten and Under Tennis for the youngest and USTA JR Team Tennis for the more advanced.They all had a ball! Children and coaches marched in the Lee Memorial Day Parade, marching while showing off their tennis skills, tossing hundreds of tennis balls to the crowd, and taking turns riding in the BMW convertibles.
SPRING ADULT TUNEUP DeWitt Thomson, Adult Tennis Direcor, passed on his tennis tips to a perfect dozen of avid players at the Lee MS/HS tennis courts, Sunday mornings during May/June.
THE 4th ANNUAL AUDIE FURGAL TENNIS CLASSIC on Saturday, June 20th was a huge success, drawing over 150 players in 14 divisions playing at 7 sites throughout the county. The Adult/Child and Adult/Teen divisions competed on Friday evening and the Adult Divisions on Saturday morning. The auction and poolside luncheon donated by Guidos Fresh Marketplace helped us earn $18,756 for the beneficiaries: 3/4 ($14,067) for Porchlight VNA / Home Care and the balance ($4689) for Lee CTA Youth Programs. A huge thanks to all the court donors, underwriters, sponsors, players, and volunteers!
(In 2016, the Lee CTA will continue to host the Adult/Child and Adult/Teen Tournaments, but are unable to continue with the Adult Tournament. Over the past 4 years, the Audie Furgal Tennis Classic has raised a total of $63,508, shared 3/1 PorchlightVNA/LeeCTA, $47,631 VNA / $15,877 CTA. It's been a great partnership with Guidos, Berkshire West, and many others contributing. Unfortuately, our Tournament Director has found it too difficult to continue while giving due attention to all the Lee CTA spring and summer programs. Again, thanks to all our friends who have helped!)
ARLINE'S BRUNCH, on Monday, June 22nd. Always a lovely morning with delectable food served in board member Arline Breskin's beautiful garden, we had perfect weather for this special celebration for the kickoff of the Adult League season. Over 20 players attended and then played in the tennis mixer at Greenock Country Club. Such a nice social event by the ultimate chef and hostess. We deeply appreciate volunteers like Arline. She's a long-time board member, always looking for ways to contribute. So thankful for members like Arline, who are the glue that keeps this organization together!