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Bonita Bay Celebrity Tennis Day raises $122,761 for Barbara’s Friends

By Staff | Mar 18, 2009

Members of the Bonita Bay Club gave pediatric cancer a backhand on March 7 when they held a clinic, pro-am, exhibition, cocktail party and auction raising $122,761 to benefit Barbara’s Friends – the pediatric cancer fund at The Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida – and to help the hospital expand its pediatric pharmacy.

The proceeds came as a result of 58 individual seeding sponsors and 10 corporate sponsors who made donations toward the event.

Headlining the event were 17 current and former touring pros that conducted the clinic, and played in the exhibition and pro-am. Among the pros were Jimmy Arias, Amy Alcini, Eddie Dibbs, Colin Dibley, Don Johnson, Johan Kriek, Tim Mayotte, Dave MacPherson, Huntley Montgomery, Jared Palmer, Mike Pernfors, Tripp Phillips, Kathy Rinaldi, JoAnne Russell, Dick Stockton, Fred Stolle, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Tim Wilkison.

Premier Properties and The High Rises at Bonita Bay was the title sponsor, along with Bonita Bay Group, JK South Insurance, Key Private Bank, The Law Offices of Jeffrey Janiero, Trianon Bonita Bay Hotel, U.S. Trust and media sponsors Beasley Broadcasting, Comcast Cable of Southwest Florida and The News-Press.

One-of-a-kind auction items offered at the event included signed lithographs of Andre Agassi, Bjorn Borg and Pete Sampras, as well as racquets signed by Mark Woodford and Jim Courier. Tennis clinics and lessons from JoAnne Russell, Kathy Rinaldi, and Mike Pernfores also went to top bidders.

Also during the event, emotions flowed as Amanda Cremiles, a 13-year-old cancer survivor from Naples, auctioned off an original painting she created with assistance from Bonita Springs philanthropist Jacke McCurdy and Susan Bridges.