Anything I write in the next week or so will probably carry the Thanksgiving theme (it's my favorite holiday), so bear with me on this.
|Complimentary T-Shirt for Participants|
|The Boelters make it a family outing|
Families who are faced with the reality of knowingly losing a loved one in the not-too-distant future have been expressing gratitude for the invaluable gifts Hope Hospice has provided since 1979. The Hope Hospice Tennis Challenge is Christie Bradley's way of expressing her gratitude for what Hope Hospice does.
As with just about any charitable event, the sponsors and participants (in addition to coordinators and volunteers) really make it happen. Title-sponsored by The Sanctuary Golf Club, other area businesses extended charitable hands and contributed to the event’s success as well. Those businesses include Bank of the Islands, Excel Sportswear, Lily & Co., Luc Century Glass Company and Tween Waters Inn.
Participating in the Napes-Fort Myers Challenge the previous day, I could only make it to Finals Day of the HHTC, but it was a spectacular Sunday morning with family, friends, and Sanctuary club members soaking up the sparkling Sanibel sunshine and scintillating tennis action.
|Christie Bradley & Men's 4.5 Finalists|
|Terry See & Steve Shreiner|
Men's 4.5 Champions
|Marius Espeleta & Ed Boelter |
|Jane Ranieri & Sarah Ashton|
The championship match in the highest division played, the Men’s 4.5 Doubles, featured three of the classiest guys I’ve ever met on the tennis court, and another whom I hadn’t met before, but fit right in with the others. When the final ball had been struck, Terry See & Steve Shreiner had outlasted Marius Espeleta & Ed Boelter, 6-2, 3-6, and 10-8 in the third-set super-tiebreak. Helmut Peters & Bob Vinson claimed the 4.5 consolation over Tony Fittipaldi & BJ Halsey.
Deb Fairbanks & Irminguard MarkuschWomen's 4.0 Champions
|Bob MacDonald & Bob Moyle|
In Men’s 3.5 Doubles, Bill Rosenberg & Bob Scherer took the title over Bob MacDonald & Bob Moyle, with Peter Cline & Jerry Nichols taking the consolation.
As I reflect on that day, cruising on the iron horse across the causeway to Sanibel, watching some fun tennis, enjoying the complimentary meal and refreshments provided by the Sanctuary, and chatting with some really cool folks, it really is hard not to be thankful. I’m sure the recipients of the event’s proceeds would agree with me despite their circumstances. Happy Thanksgiving!