Jim Courier and Anna Kournikova Headline Celebrity Tennis Pro-Am
On Sunday, March 21, tennis hall of famer and former number one player in the world Jim Courier, and international tennis star and former top ten player Anna Kournikova will join other well known tennis pros and professional athletes for the eMASON One and Done Celebrity Tennis Pro-Am. The private fundraising event for sponsors, participants and their guests will offer an intimate setting with friendly play, hospitality and corporate entertaining opportunities. Popular media personality and 970 WFLA "A.M. Tampa Bay" morning show co-host Jack Harris will emcee the event, donating his time along with all other celebrity guests including former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Alstott and Ryan Nece to help raise funds for Morton Plant Hospital's Doyle Women's and Children's Health Initiative, a program to help enhance women's health care within the nationally ranked community-focused hospital.
The doubles Pro-Am is limited to 42 participants of all playing levels. Pro-Am participants will have the exclusive opportunity to play with each of the tennis stars as they rotate throughout the courts. The event activities include a celebrity tennis exhibition, a tennis pro-am, lunch and a silent auction featuring grand slam tickets, tennis memorabilia and sports experiences. The Pro-Am winner will receive unlimited bragging rights, a custom event trophy and a championship photo with celebrity participants.
"As an ambassador for children and a strong advocate of living a healthy and active lifestyle, I am honored to be a part of this fundraising event and to donate my time to support the Doyle Women's and Children's Health Initiative at Morton Plant Hospital," said Kournikova. "It means a lot to me personally to be there for my long time friend, Soosie Lazenby, the host of the event, who has benefited first hand from the outstanding health care she has received at this hospital."
The Doyle Women's & Children's Health Initiative will serve to create a "hospital within a hospital" environment focused on meeting the health needs of women and their families with private patient care rooms and advanced technology.
"We are excited to be involved in an event of this caliber to help us advance the quality of care to women in our community," said Hal Ziecheck, chief operating officer, Morton Plant Hospital. "The Doyle Women's and Children's Health Initiative is one of the final phases of Morton Plant Hospital's expansion project and will bring all aspects of women's surgery, labor, delivery, postpartum and newborn care into one focused center within Morton Plant Hospital.
"I am thrilled to join Anna and other tennis professionals to support this cause championed by a dear friend, Soosie Lazenby," said Courier. "This pro-am will make an immediate impact on Bay area families and will be a great way to kick off two days of charitable tennis events in our community. Participating in the eMASON One and Done pro-am followed by the Tampa Tennis Classic at the St. Pete Times Forum the next night will raise much-needed funds and awareness for Tampa Bay's women and youth through the great sport of tennis."
The Pro-Am title sponsor is eMASON, a Clearwater-based business software provider and one of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. Specializing in web based process automation for any industry, eMASON generates a competitive business advantage through knowledge sharing, supply chain collaboration and real-time process improvement and management.
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