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RODDICK’S WINNING WAYS WOW CROWDS ON & OFF THE COURT AT SWINGTIME
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
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.
SAMPRAS TENNIS SESSION ON THE AUCTION BLOCK AT ALLSTARCHARITY.COM UNTIL MONDAY,
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