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Northeastern Pennsylvania Volunteers Serve Up $125,000 in Support for CF Foundation at Annual Tennis Auction Ball and Tournament

March 19, 2013

Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s Tennis Auction Ball and Tournament

Master of Ceremonies Bobby Gunther Walsh addresses more than 350 guests at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter’s Tennis Auction Ball and Tournament as the tennis team of Carla Kevitch (left) and Rachel Cohen (right) look on.

More than 350 guests — many of them tennis enthusiasts — raised $125,000 to support the mission of the Foundation during the Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter's 28th Annual Tennis Auction Ball and Tournament. The two-day event, held in February, featured a dinner dance, live auction and professional-amateur tennis tournament.

Event chairs Drs. Carla and Robert Kevitch hosted a dinner dance at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, where guests had the opportunity to bid on and become the “owners” of 16 different pro-am tennis teams during a live auction. The night’s master of ceremonies, Bobby Gunther Walsh, auctioned himself for a singles and double match, raising an additional $6,000.

Becky Leonard, a young adult with CF, made hope the theme of the event with her powerful Bid for a Cure speech, which alone raised $35,000.

Drs. Carla and Robert Kevitch chaired the event, which raised $125,000 for cystic fibrosis research and drug development.

Drs. Carla and Robert Kevitch chaired the event, which raised $125,000 to support the mission of the Foundation.

Becky explained how the Foundation has given people with cystic fibrosis — a disease once associated with despair — hope for the future. Becky was later joined by her father, Bruce, who asked people to give what they could and then just a little more.

'Truly Wonderful’

Topping off the event, 16 pro-am tennis teams competed in a tournament at the 24-7 Fitness Club in Allentown, Pa. the following day. Jill Saunders and Debra Wagner won the Women’s Pro-Am tournament while Fernando Perez and Tom Garrity won the men’s Pro-Am tournament. Depending upon how their teams placed, team owners got to select from a myriad of prize packages that included electronics, trips and shopping sprees.

Linda Davila Sheftel, a longtime CF Foundation volunteer and sponsored tennis amateur called this year’s affair one of the best she’s ever experienced.

“The weekend was truly wonderful. I didn’t think the Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter could beat what they had done in the past, but this year’s gala and tournament were outstanding,” Linda said. “I feel very happy to have been part of such an incredible event.”

The Northeast Pennsylvania Chapter would like to thank the event benefactors:

  • The Weinstein Family, including Debbie, Harris, Mary Beth and David

And its corporate sponsors:

  • Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • National Penn

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.