The 19th Annual Mid-Cities SOS Tennis Benefit held at Southlake Tennis Center on May 18, 19 and 20 this year was a wonderful success for our organization and SafeHaven. Two hundred and six women participated in this three day event that raised $32,000 that will greatly help SafeHaven’s SafeCall hotline. In 2009, this service received over 50,000 calls.
Mia Poorman and Elaine Terry, this year’s co-chairs of the benefit, are so appreciative of our Mid-Cities SOS members who contributed so much to make this event the success that it was. Over 50 fabulous baskets were donated by members and community friends for the basket raffle. Many of the players were extremely impressed by the quality of each themed basket. The silent auction contained many sought after items including tennis lessons and restaurant gift cards. Over $2000 worth of the gift cards were donated by area restaurants and some were generously donated by our members. Six lucky winners “scored” fantastic spa packages.
Each day began with a continental breakfast for the players provided by our members. Who can resist homemade scones, muffins and an abundance of fruit? Certainly not hungry tennis ladies! And, they enjoyed these goodies while listening to our opening speaker each day from SafeHaven. Valerie Salter and Mary Lee Hafley did a wonderful job in sharing the importance of what this tennis benefit is all about.
Central Market, one of the chief sponsors, donated delicious box lunches each day of the event. And, to top off lunch, Timarron Country Club donated their famous chocolate chip cookies. Delicious!
After four hours of play, a delicious lunch, winning baskets and silent auction items, all the participants left with a feeling that they helped raise money for a good cause and promised to return next year. We can only hope that it will be as successful as this one.
Many thanks to our fabulous committee for working so diligently on this event. These ladies included Jane Wood, Martha Ragsdale, Tara-Hutchins-Welsh, Sandy Schwan, Gay Johnson, Donna Burdette, Carolyn Fobes, Connie Nichols, Debbie Farrar, Patty Shaw, Sally Wobbeking, Martha Matthews, Linda Eilendfeldt, Carolyn Ogburn, Debbie Reynolds, Anna Saunders, Patti Campbell, Fonda Martin and Valerie Salter. And, thanks also go to our SOS members who volunteered to help during the fundraiser. All of us working together made this tennis benefit an event not to be missed.