WRAP-UP FOR THE 4th ANNUAL ROSIE CASALS & JACKIE COOPER TEAM TENNIS PRO-AM
- Benefits local junior tennis in the CV through Love & Love Tennis Foundation
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(Palm Desert, CA.)
The 4th Annual Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro-Am, hosted by Hall of Fame tennis legend Rosie Casals, was a SMASHING SUCCESS! The tennis fundraiser for the LOVE & LOVE TENNIS FOUNDATION took place Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Indian Ridge Country Club. Casals’ company, Sportswoman, Inc., in conjunction with the Love & Love Tennis Foundation founded by Casals and former tennis pro Tory Fretz, produced the fundraiser which hosted a Silent Auction, Raffle and the featured PRO & JR. SHOOT-OUT.
The morning started with the Team Tennis Pro-Am and there were 12 Teams consisting of (1) Pro, (1) Junior and (2) Amateurs playing a team tennis format with No Add Scoring, play lets and accumulative scoring. The winning team was the “Ralliers” from Toscana Country Club headed by Nigel O’Rourke Tennis Director. They had 128 total points. The number Runner-up Team was The “Slicers” from The Lakes Country with 126 points and Pro Donny Felich. Prizes were awarded and a delicious BBQ Lunch was served during the cool down.
The Jackie Cooper Award was presented to long-time friend and business partner Lornie Kuhle who were partners in the Palm Desert Resorter C.C. and also ran two Junior USTA Tournaments in the desert. To help in the Presentation was the first Honoree of the Cooper Award; Entrepreneur and visionary for the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Charlie Pasarell, last year’s Honoree DeeDee Felich and Ray Moore good friend of Jackie’s and Lornie and Head of the IWTG and BNP Paribas Open along with Tory Fretz, Founder of Love & Love Tennis Foundation All told their personal stories of their friendship with Lornie and Jackie.
Lornie Kuhle, “side kick” and friend of Bobby Riggs, who was recently cast in the movie “Battle of the Sexes” as the emcee of the famous 1973 match between Billie Jean King and Bobbie Riggs and who provided tennis lessons to Steve Carell who portrayed Riggs. Kuhle is also the promoter of the Easter Bowl and the Girls 16’s and 18’s USTA National Championships in San Diego which is now called the Billie Jean King USTA National Championships.
The Silent Auction and Raffle raised about $2,500 and with the sponsors and participants the Love & Love Tennis Foundation brought in about $23,000.
The Pro-Shoot-Out took place after the Jackie Cooper Award Presentation with Team Fretz & Team Cooper battling it out. Ultimately the winners were Team Cooper with Captain Andy Scorteanu,Tennis Director of Monterey C.C. against Caerwyn Evans Tennis Director of Shadow Moutain and Desert Academy.
Casals said, “We are bringing tennis to all kids throughout the Coachella Valley, and our goal is to eventually produce more players and tournaments – and ultimately champion players – from this area, to compete with other juniors all over the world. This was a wonderful event today and I want to thank all the Pros and Juniors as well as the Amateurs for helping raise money for the Love & Love Tennis Foundation and Junior Tennis in the Coachella Valley.
I also want to thank all my sponsors; RumChata Foundation (presenting sponsor), Dr. Raj Sinha Hip and Knee Surgeon, Billie Jean King, Billie Jean King’s Eye Coach, The Larsen Projekt Wines, Indian Ridge Country Club, Desert Golf & Tennis magazine and Marker Broadcasting (Jammin’ 99.5 FM, Kool 95.9 FM, Q102.3 FM classic rock and Big 106 Country KPLM FM, Mama Gina’s Restaurant, Vickey’s of Santa Fe’ and Pueblo Viejo Grill and all the other donors that contributed to the Raffle and Auction Prizes.
ABOUT THE LOVE & LOVE TENNIS FOUNDATION (LLTF)
The Love & Love Tennis Foundation was established in 2015 by Hall of Fame tennis legend Rosie Casals and WTA Tour Professional Tory Fretz to advance junior tennis participation in the Coachella Valley and to give financial aid to junior grass root programs. LLTF has worked with the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL), Boys & Girls Clubs, Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (CVHC), A.S.E.S. (After School Education and Safety enrichment programs), Andy Scorteanu Tennis Academy (ASTA) and others in expanding youth tennis in the desert. LLTF helps kids get involved in tennis programs, regardless of their ethnic or economic backgrounds.
LLTF has launched the free Kids Love Tennis Clinics with Boys & Girls Clubs in the desert for kids 6-13 years old. The Clinics are sponsored by tennis icon Billie Jean King, Barbara and Gary Tolman, USTA/SCTA, NJTL and LLTF. Casals, Fretz and their partners are passionate about bringing tennis to as many young persons as possible. As they say, “Tennis is for everyone!”
Team Tennis Pro-Am
Sunday, April 22, 2018
PUT YOUR WINNING TEAM TOGETHER!
Past Event Review
Annalee Thurston Award Reception 2018
The first Love & Love Tennis Foundation Annalee Thurston Award fundraiser was a “Smashing” Success thanks to all of you who supported the reception by attending or sending in your donations. It was a great evening with lots of wonderful moments and many Thank You’s from me personally to each and every one of you. And those who participated in the “Live” Auction made it the most memorable evening. Billie Jean stepped up to the plate to buy two of Cartoonist and Legend Lee Holly’s paintings, Chris & Martina auctioned off two hours of tennis and Gary Tolman and Jim Citrin stepped up and grabbed a chance to play with two incredible friends and Legends. Chairman and President of the USTA and recipient of the Thurston Award, Katrina Adams took the podium to auction off her US Open President’s Package to tennis fan and friend Gary Tolman. Needless to say in that 15 minute span the foundation raised about $45,000 to bring our gross total to over $80,000. Without a doubt the best ever and one I will have to work very hard to repeat in 2019 . . . I WILL CERTAINLY TRY!
It was a pleasure to have Tatiana Harvey as the first recipient of the Vicki Berner “Heart & Spirit” Award and to share her stories and dreams of her future goals and aspirations after she graduates from High School this summer. We certainly wish her well and know she will be a success!
To Katrina Adams, this year’s Annalee Thurston Award Recipient and always our President, I thank you for your support and contributions to the game of tennis and all that you do. I hope you will continue to serve the game and return next year for more of your auction “Magic”. To my Presenting Sponsor RumChata, and the wonderful wine from Rodney Strong Vineyards, Dr. Raj Sinha, Desert Stemcell Project, all my advertisers, Tennis Channel, International Tennis Hall of Fame, USTA, WTT, Sally Ride Science, Joan Oloff Shoes, Billie Jean Eye Coach, Ginn & Topics, so much appreciation. To my Patrons and Friends; Gary & Barbara Tolman, Laura King-Pfaff, Tam O’Shaughnessy, Dave & Felicia DiJohn, Ilana Kloss, Tory Fretz and all of you who made our success possible . . . THANK YOU! Peggy Michel and Desert Champions for allowing us to have such a great venue for our dinner and suite to view tennis, so many thanks for your continued generosity.
Annalee would be proud to know that she is still bringing us together to do good things in the desert!
THAT’S A WRAP – SEE YOU NEXT YEAR!
The Love & Love Tennis Foundation & Annalee Thurston Award Reception
“In the Spirit of Annalee”
Rosie “Together we can do our best work”
Group Photo with past WTA members & Staff
Pro-Am 2017 Photos:
The Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Team Tennis Pro-Am was a success raising over $20,000 for the Love & Love Tennis Foundation! The Team Tennis Pro-Am hosted 10 Teams comprised of (1) Pro, (1) Junior and (2) Amateurs and was won by Leif Erikson Tennis Director of Woodhaven Country Club and his team.
Jackie Cooper Award Recipients
Mayor Jan Harnik, Laura Regusci-Cooper, Charlie & Rosie
The Jackie Cooper Award was established in 2016 for someone who displayed “Commitment and Passion” for the game of tennis and good friend Charlie Pasarell was the first recipient of this award. The Jackie Cooper Award was given to DeeDee Felich this year who recently retired from her administrative duties at the BNP Paribas Open.
Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper
Team Tennis Pro-Am 2016 Photos
Come out and join Love & Love Tennis Foundation for one of its events.
Grants: We will be awarding Grants to various junior tennis organizations, programs, and individuals who have requested assistance through our Grant Application Program which you can download on our website. We hope to distribute more Grants through-out the summer when we review the Grant Applicants that are available for download on our website: http://www.lovelovetennisfoundation.com
Purple Room Wrap-Up
PURPLE ROOM WRAP-UP OCTOBER 28, 2017
Rosie Casals & Tory Fretz receive Proclamation from the City Of Palm Springs and Mayor Pro-Temp Ginny Foat at the Purple Room Love & Love Tennis Foundation Fundraiser. It was a full-house for Welsh Diva and Cabaret Legend Irish Williams who performed for a sell out crowd at the Purple Room. The Love & Love Tennis Foundation raised over $10,000. Thank you, Michael Holmes, owner of the Purple Room, Jeremy Hobbs with the Western Wind Foundation and Iris Williams.
Battle of the Sexes
It was exciting to be included in the Battle Of The Sexes Movie starring Oscar Winner Emma Stone and Steve Carell as Billie Jean and Bobby Riggs. The Original 9 were also featured in the movie and attended the Opening Red Carpet Premiere in Los Angeles on September 16, my birthday. Natalie Morales played me (Rosie Casals) in the movie and I got a chance to meet her. Here are some photos of the Red Carpet in Los Angeles.
Pictured below are Natalie Morales & Rosie Casals
National Junior Tennis League:
National Junior Tennis League: The NJTL had their 18th Annual Summer Tennis Camp at the IW Tennis Gardens which ran June & July. The Coachella Valley Housing Coalition in conjunction with Tom Fey and the NJTL staff organized the tennis camp. Last year the Love & Love Tennis Foundation provided tennis shoes for all the kids and this year provided rackets and balls.
National Junior Tennis League
The Love & Love Tennis Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club Of Coachella organized the first “Summer Tennis Clinics” this year to serve many of the Hispanic community in Indio. The clinics w started July 5 and ran through August 2 and were under the direction of USTA Teaching Pro D’Wayne Begay. All the kids received goody bags and Mcdonald gift cards which they enjoyed.
National 16 & 18 Hardcourts in San Diego:
The NJTL with LLTF bussed kids from the Coachella Valley to San Diego for the Finals of the 16’s & 18’s National Hardcourts that was televised on the Tennis Channel for the first time. The LLTF made a contribution of $1,000 to help pay for the kid’s and parent’s bus transportation. The kids had a great time having lunch and watching the18 girl’s finals.
The foundation wishes to thank those who have supported and made contributions to our foundation. We are working to promote tennis in the CV and to expose more kids to tennis. We would like to make the CV the Mecca of tennis in the future.
The Love & Love Tennis Foundation is making a difference!
The Junior Team Tennis Challenge