Northeastern PA Chapter Springs into Tennis Season

April 13, 2007

Tennis Auction Ball
                                    Photo by Nick Antony Manson
Pro-Am men's tennis team of Daniel Phillips (left) and U.S. congressman, the Honorable Charles Dent, enjoyed the ball before competing the next day at the indoor tennis tournament.
For the more than 500 guests at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s 22nd annual Tennis Auction Ball and Tournament, spring came a few weeks early. From March 3-4, participants had the opportunity to soak up the sights and sounds of spring, which provided a great backdrop to a wonderful weekend that raised $172,000 for CF research.

The first evening, the smell of freshly cut flowers greeted guests as they arrived at the festively decorated ball held at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Fogelsville.

Frank Deford, CF Foundation chairman emeritus, presented a powerful speech to kick off the auction of 20 pro-am tennis teams, which brought in $78,000. The teams paired up amateurs and teaching professionals and included former Cincinnati Reds left fielder George Foster playing as an amateur in the men's division and his daughter, former collegiate standout Starr Foster, playing as a female pro. U.S. Congressman Charles Dent also joined in as an amateur player. Each pair competed the following day in an exciting indoor tennis tournament at the Westend Racquet Club in Allentown.

Silent auction items, including a tennis shirt signed by Andre Agassi and a football signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, sparked a flurry of auction activity. The bidding concluded with a live auction for a day on the movie set with Ben Stiller in one of his upcoming films. The Bid for a Cure raised $35,000 after Amy Hehn delivered a moving tribute to her son Benjamin Hehn and nephew Aidan Frederick, 3-year-old cousins with CF.

Mecco Financial, Inc. served as title sponsor of the event, while Mecco President Scott Swallow presided as honorary event chair. Premier sponsors were Computer Aid, Inc. and Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust. Harris and Debbie Weinstein, founders of the event, successfully bid on four teams and underwrote the decorations for the evening.

“Our wonderful success is a tribute to the many families far and wide who refuse to give up the fight against CF. Our local community turned out in force to honor our general chairs, Mary Beth and David Weinstein, committee members and sponsors. These guests brought with them a spirit of generosity that took over the evening and resulted in wonderful new dollars to support our work,” said Linda Capozello, executive director of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter.