Thursday, February 26, 2015


When you can’t get outside to play tennis, it’s a good time to get people together to raise money to help get more kids playing tennis.

One of the most popular fundraisers held each year is the Annual Ladies Invitational Tournament which has grown over the 31 years it has been held. The Toronto Cricket Club hosted this year's event and after two days of tennis the ladies dressed up for a sparkling evening of dinner with silent auction and raffles on Jan 28th. The event was formally sponsored by Swarovski, Twain Designs and Tennis Canada. This enormous success of this event depended on a large amount of volunteer effort by members of the host club.  The ladies of the Toronto Cricket organizing committee are pictured above.  They are (from left to right) 
Cathy Rober, Janet Cudney, Paula Albiani, Livia Hunter, Karen Leonard, Pauline Noteboom, Julie Rober, Sandra Cimetta, Sylvia McCord, Elizabeth Seger, Tara Quigley. Front row with hands on love ball:  Caroline Killeen, Sue Raubenheimer, Sophie Ronan, Carrie Sullivan.  Congratulations and thank you ladies!

This tournament gives many ladies who do not regularly play on competitive teams a chance to participate in a friendly but competitive event with ladies form other clubs of the same skill level. The top division teams however are often seasoned players.  In recent years the Toronto Cricket's team has won the highest level division and they defended their honour successfully this year.  Team members are pictured below from left to right:  Nicola VonSchroeter, Caroline Killeen, Laura Borza, Anke Magnus, Claudia Voicu, Sandra Cimetta, Pauline Noteboom, Patti Henderson. Missing from photo is Sophie Ronan who was busy with her organizational duties.

Jewellery kingpins Swarovski and Twain Designs brought a touch of glamour and glitter to the Ladies Invitational Gala with an exciting and exclusive jewellery fundraiser. 150 lucky ladies left the evening sporting beautiful Swarovski Emily Tennis bracelets while Cricket Club member, Judith Moses, was the winner of the dazzling Grand Prize diamond tennis bracelet donated by Twain Designs. Henry Harris won the raffle for a spectacular vacation in Jamaica.


Tennis Canada also supported a fundraiser held on Feb 21st at Lambton Golf and Country Club to support the Jane and Finch Community Tennis Association camps to be held at Rexall Centre during March break.

Pictured here are Mike Tevlin, Danielle Hughes, Jan Fox, Marisa DeFrancesco,Tamara Colbourne and Nicole Tevlin who are all obviously having a great time at the event.