Over 60 Orange County women returned to the courts on April 23 to “play for a purpose” in KidWorks’ Spring Women’s Pickleball Tournament and silent auction.
An impressive $40,000 was netted at the fundraising event, held at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, in support of KidWorks’ College Success Initiative™ that funds activities for our College Apps Academy, Campus Crash and mentorship program – all designed to support first generation, low-income students on their journey towards college success.
The first tournament was held last October and was so well-received that our Women’s Committee moved forward with the Spring event. The second tournament sold out in 24 hours and more players participated than in the first event. Another pickleball tournament is planned for the Fall.
“We are so grateful to the organizers, sponsors and players who made the pickleball tournament such fun—and such a success,” says Lisa Gels, our Associate Director of Development. “The KidWorks’ Women’s Committee brings together caring individuals to ‘fund raise and friend raise.’ We are excited about the group’s tremendous and growing potential to support KidWorks and those we serve.”
Pickleball is an ideal fundraiser due to its growing popularity and since game is played in a socially distant manner that aligns with COVID-19 precautions.
As in the first event, a special moment followed tournament play. Yosely Ocampo, a senior at Mater Dei High School and who is enrolled in our youth and academic programs, updated the group on her KidWorks story.
“It was amazing so many women come together to support KidWorks,” shared Yosely. “They were all so encouraging and it was fun to watch them play.”
Tournament committee members were co-chairs Heather Gaughan and Corinne Morgenstern. Committee members were Vivian Browne, Kim Carpenter Leslie Casserly, Betsy Flint, Lori Junkins, Leslie Montgomery, Sharon Roy, Jill Schriber, and Kyle Team (also a KidWorks board member).
Tournament winner is Susan Vigil.
Event Sponsors Include
Queen of The Court Heather Gaughn Sandy Wirta
Court Sponsor Oltmans Construction;
Amazing Aces Anonymous Helen Fedalan Suzy Metcalfe Leslie Seidner Kyle Team
Darling Dinkers Empty Nesters Unite Lori Junkins Schriber Family Fund Kathy Stuart
Lunch Sponsor Newport Beach Country Club
Lovely Lobbers Holly Anderson Anonymous
Anonymous B. Candy Beach Hardwood Floors Kim Carpenter Pam Conner Flint Family Beth Hallett Cate Hanley Emily C. Mandrup Mel Murray Shelly Read Claudette Shaw Zotovich Wines.
“At the core of our College Success Initiative is a commitment to education because we know it leads to higher income, improved health and a better future,” said KidWorks’ Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director David Benavides. “We are developing life-ready learners who are leaders.”
For the past seven years, 100 percent of KidWorks high school students have graduated on time and 100 percent have gone onto higher education.
The committee thanks all the amazing sponsors and players who came to support KidWorks students on the path towards college success.