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Event Raises $65,000 for the Fight Against Brain Tumors

WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Boca Raton tennis sensation Andy Roddick charmed the crowds both on and off the courts this year at the third annual SWINGTIME – A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament -- at Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach. The two-day event raised $65,000 for the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation which assists brain-tumor patients and their families.

“We are very happy to have raised as much this year as we did last year, as everyone realizes it has been an extraordinarily tough time for fundraising,” Michele Cope, director and founder of SWINGTIME added. “We are proud that so many people and sponsors stepped up to the plate to help.”

One of the highlights of the event was the tennis exhibition. Roddick faced former No. 1 Jim Courier in a thrilling eight game pro-set match, which Roddick won, 8-7. Roddick and Courier enthralled the spectators with an extremely competitive match that was peppered with high jinks.

Roddick, a teen heart-throb whose engaging personality has attracted throngs of female admirers around the country, also captured everyone’s attention at the SWINGTIME gala dinner and live auction where he bid $6,500 for an original painting titled “World Peace” by Delray Beach-based artist Sal Principe. The mixed medium work pays homage to September 11 with the image of an American flag within a heart.

“I was thrilled that Andy bought the heart painting I had donated,” Principe, a native of New York, said. “It’s No. 7 in a series of originals that I created to honor the victims of September 11. My work seems to appeal to tennis players. Steffi Graf collects my paintings, and Chris Evert has asked for a patriotic heart painting for her upcoming charity auction in December.”

Enchanting actress Tava Smiley who formerly played ‘Chloe Morgan’ on General Hospital, was among the most adventuresome of the SWINGTIME celebs. Not only did she participate in the tennis and the golf, she also emceed the dinner and auction along with CBS sports anchor Brett Haber.

“I’ve only ever picked up a golf club once,” Smiley said, “but Keith Hernandez says he is going to help me out along the way.”

Courier and Justin Gimelstob split an $8,000 bid to spend a day with Smiley for lunch, yoga, hiking and sightseeing in Los Angeles.

Smiley had just returned from a month at sea on location at the site where the Titanic sunk where she worked on a film called “Ghosts of the Abyss” with directors James Cameron and John David Cameron as well as EarthshipTV.com.

A lunch and tennis lesson with host Tom Gullikson split three ways and was among the evening’s most popular items. Mike Nakajima of Nike, pro golfer Brad Faxon and Ibis Golf & Country Club president Syd Kitson were the top three bidders.

The star-studded roster for SWINGTIME also included Chris Evert, Todd Martin, Paul Goldstein, Aaron Krickstein, Steve Meister, Brian Gottfried, Dick Stockton, Pam Casale-Telford, Wendy Turnbull, Carling Bassett-Seguso, Robert Seguso, Ricardo Acuna, Brendan Evans, George Foster, Paul Warfield, George Mira, Tom Underwood, Will McEnaney, Danny Ozark, Eric Laasko and Joey Cornblit.

Winners of the “Movado Hit the Target” tennis competition were Jerry Quinn and Cindy Plum, while Mike Nakajima and Tammy Savanna captured the “Wilson Fast Serve” contests.

First place in the golf tournament was the Adelphia Media Services team of Steve Scott, Charles Shelly, Don Brown and Ted Cannon who were joined by celebrity participant Ivan Murrell.

SWINGTIME is directed by C & H Events in Boca Raton. The official host sponsor is Ibis Golf & Country Club along with additional sponsors including Braman Motorcars of Palm Beach, Nike, Newsradio 1290 WJNO, KOOL 105.5 FM, jetBlue Airways, Tennis Week.com, LOVE94 Smooth Jazz, ROPA Wines, The Palm Beach Post, Adelphia Media Services and Movado, The Museum Watch.


If you’ve ever watched the US Open and wondered what it would be like to walk out on stadium court and face one of the world’s greatest tennis champions of all time, now is your chance.

Tennis great Pete Sampras, the top Grand Slam singles champion of all time, is lending his formidable talent to provide a unique auction item to raise funds for SWINGTIME, a special event that benefits the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation.

The “Pete Sampras Hitting Session” opened for bids on Monday, November 12, on AllStarCharity.com. The minimum bid is $7,500. The auction will conclude at 1 p.m. EST on Monday, November 26.

The auction item includes a 30-minute hitting session with Sampras on the Arthur Ashe Stadium Court in Flushing Meadows, N.Y., home of the US Open; two nights’ hotel accommodations in New York; and two tickets to the opening session of the US Open on Monday, August 26. The hitting session will take place on or about two weeks prior to the US Open in August, on a date that has yet to be determined pending Sampras’ schedule. The 2002 US Open runs August 26 through September 8.