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Proceeds from Bonita Bay Celebrity Tennis Tournament benefits Barbara’s Friends

By Staff | Apr 19, 2010

Members of the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation and Barbara's Friends join together during last week's check presentation ceremony, where more than $165,000 was raised for The Children’s Hospital Cancer Unit.

Lee Memorial Health System Foundation announced on Friday that more than $165,000 was raised at the recent Bonita Bay Celebrity Tennis Tournament. Proceeds from the event will benefit Barbara’s Friends, an organization that raises funds for The Children’s Hospital Cancer Unit.

Barbara Haskell, who lost her life at the young age of 32 to breast cancer, is the inspiration and spirit behind her namesake, Barbara’s Friends.

Following a four-year battle with her illness, Barbara marveled at the bravery of children with cancer. After her passing, her parents Betty and Frank Haskell helped make her wish to help children come true by establishing Barbara’s Friends.

Sponsors of the event included FineMark National Bank and Trust, Grappone Automotive Group, US Trust, Comcast, Trianon Hotels and Head. Ken Mack and Pat Valva served as Co-Chairs of the event.

The event featured 18 former tennis professionals who competed in a Pro Challenge narrated by Mary Carillo, gave lessons, clinics, and participated in two pro am competitions. The event concluded with a cocktail party and auction which generated the $165,000 in proceeds.

For more information on how you or your company can support Lee Memorial Health System programs, services, equipment, and facilities, call the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation office at 239-985-3550 or visit www.LeeMemorial.org/Foundation.