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Tennis Champions for Children Benefit Gala and Special Legends Match
07/15/2009 - By SPORTIME Tennis Center at Randall’s Island

Tennis Champions for Children Benefit Gala and Special Legends Match

On Wednesday, July 15...

A high-profile crowd of tennis legends, sports enthusiasts, New York City officials and local community members gathered on a beautiful summer evening for the first annual Tennis Champions for Children Benefit at the new SPORTIME at Randall’s Island tennis facility hosted by the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation.

The gala benefit honored New York’s hometown tennis heroes Billie Jean King, Chris Lacopo, Eugene L. Scott (in memoriam) and Ken Solomon and was held in conjunction with an exciting Advanta World TeamTennis Special Legends match between the NY Sportimes featuring John McEnroe and the Boston Lobsters featuring Martina Navratilova.

The evening began with guests enjoying cocktails and hors d'œuvres as they checked out the impressive new tennis center and stadium and mingled with the tennis stars. Following cocktails, guests moved out to the packed 2,000 seat stadium filled with New York’s tennis enthusiasts ready to enjoy the evening’s match. Between games, guests dined courtside and relaxed on SPORTIME’s outdoor terrace with gourmet picnic fare.

During half-time, Benefit Chair Tori Dauphinot led a special awards ceremony. Both John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova provided heartfelt praise to each honoree for their special contributions to the world of tennis and young aspiring tennis stars from The Randall’s Island Sports foundation helped present the Tennis Champions for Children awards.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the Randall’s Island Sports Foundation (RISF) and the tens of thousands of children from East Harlem and the South Bronx it serves every year through free sports and recreational programming.

Guests included: Katie Couric, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, NYC Parks & Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe , NYC Sports Commissioner Ken Podziba, RISF Founder & President Karen Cohen, RISF Chairman Rich Davis, Aimee Boden, Benefit Chair Tori Dauphinot, Chris Lacopo, Polly Scott, Ken Solomon , Sportime Managing Partner Claude Okin, NY Sportimes Coach Chuck Adams, Bennett Schlansky, Patricia Shifke, Susan Danilow, Jerry Goldman, Dean Landis, Nancy Neff, Rodney Cohen, Bradford Peck, Bimla Picot, Waide Warner, Anne Wilson, Pinky Keehner, Dan Weinstein, Bonnie Strauss, Lauren Cohen Starr, Karen Klopp, Francis Angelino, Ricardo Zurita, Carol Angelino, Michelle Beaulieu, Kelli Bender, Lisa Cashin, Dale Burch, Marnie Worth, Marjorie Torres, Aila Main, Anella Bokhari, Patricia Wanadi, Jenna Herold, among others.

Photos: Shaun Mader, Patrick McMullan Co.

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