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Charity Tennis Tournament Hits Westchase Courts Jan. 4

Attention, Westchase tennis players. It’s time to get your game on for charity!

The Westchase Charitable Foundation (WCF) is hosting the Westchase Open to benefit the foundation. The foundation, founded and led by Westchase residents, supports families who have either children or parents battling a serious illness and assists people in the community who are faced with a family tragedy. On Nov. 9, the WCF was granted permission by the Westchase Community Association WCA for the use of their courts.

The tournament will kick off Thursday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. with an evening gala. where tournament participants and charity supporters will enjoy an open-level doubles tennis exhibition match, hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting and a silent auction. The tournament will feature singles, doubles, and mixed competition for all age and skill levels. 

The WCA Board of Directors voted to approve the first tennis charity event in Westchase. Ruben Collazo, President of the WCA, is very excited about the event. “I like big ideas” Collazo said. “Big ideas deserve a place in Westchase.”

Tournament organizers have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from Westchase residents. “Westchase is a tennis community,” said Heidi Pogue, a Westchase resident and doubles tennis player. “We are very excited about the event and are thrilled to be using our sport to benefit the WCF.”

Sean O’Donnell, president of the WCF, was also enthusiastic about the upcoming event. “Hosting an event that brings together a community to benefit one of its own is what we are all about. We are very excited about the upcoming tournament and appreciate the WCA for allowing us to utilize their courts.”

Private Label Skin, a provider of manufacturing and fulfillment services, and Laser Locators, a distributor of new and used ophthalmic equipment, are the initial corporate sponsors for this event. Event organizers are actively seeking additional corporate sponsors and are hopeful that corporate sponsors, individual donors, and tennis participants will help the foundation reach its fundraising goal of $10,000.

For additional information regarding the event, or to become a corporate sponsor or donor, please visit the Westchase Open web site at http://www.westchaseopen.com For m.ore information about the WCF, visit http://www.westchasefoundation.org

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Editor’s note: As December’s WOW went to print, WOW received word from the WCA that the WCA attorney had concerns about insurance coverage for the event, which could lead to the event’s postponement. Contact Event Chair Eric Pogue at eric.p@privatelabelsk.in to confirm the event’s date and time.

By Eric Pogue

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