January 1st, 2015

Jacksonville 5th ‘Serving Up a Cure’ Charity Tennis in Feb.

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Deerwood Country Club in Jacksonville, Fla., will host the 5th annual ‘Serving Up a Cure’ Tennis Tournament, benefiting pediatric brain cancer research and care, on Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, sponsored by Exit 1 Stop Realty.

All proceeds from the charity fundraiser go directly to two charities: The Ellie Kavalieros DIPG Research Foundation, and the Jacksonville Mayo Clinic’s Gabriel House of Care.

“Serving up a Cure has become one of Northeast Florida’s premier charity tennis events,” says organizer Bill Sharp. “Supporters have raised $115,000 to be contributed towards two amazing causes.”

The event includes the Foley Family Wine player dinner on Friday night and the legendary Party to Ace Cancer on Saturday evening, catered by Cantina Laredo and featuring live music by Boogie Freaks.

The tournament includes men’s, women’s, and mixed doubles divisions. Tournament registration is $85 per player, $60 for military and college students. Winners and finalists of the Open/A division will have an opportunity to win more than $1,000 in total tournament prize money.

Registration deadline for players is Feb. 16 at 11:59 p.m. Non-players can purchase tickets on the registration website for $17 non-player adults and $10 per child.

Gabriel House of Care is an affordable extended-stay hospital hospitality house for cancer and organ transplant patients receiving medical care away from home and their caregivers. The Gabriel House offers comfort and peace of mind to families requiring local accommodations while receiving specialized medical care in our community. The Ellie Kavalieros DIPG Research Fund, established in 2010 in honor of Ellie Kavalieros, provides critical support for innovative research for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Ellie was diagnosed with DIPG in May 2010; she peacefully passed away Christmas morning 2011 at the age of eleven. DIPG is an inoperable brain tumor and there is no cure. Additional information can be found at www.gabrielhouseofcare.org and ellie.org

To register or for more info go to www.servingupacure.com.​