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By: Beverly Lane Lorenz
For The Lancaster News
The Sun City Carolina Lakes Pickleball Club made October a month of fun events devoted to raising funds to benefit an organization called Hope for the Warriors.
The club was supported by the entire community in its efforts, which included races, a 24-hour marathon, silent auction, Wall of Honor and a grand tournament.
The club wanted to exceed last year’s goal and, in doing so, managed to exceed the $10,000 goal it set for this year.
The club presented a check for $15,000 to Jack Marin, chairman of the board for Hope for the Warriors.
Sue and Rick Lambert co-chaired the entire benefit. Sue Lambert said 92.9 percent of all donations go directly to assist wounded service members and their families, as well as families of fallen warriors.
“We chose this particular charity, which was founded in North Carolina, but is now nationwide, because administrative costs are kept at a minimum with donations going directly to those in need of the services offered,” she said.
The first event was a public 5K, held Sept. 29.
“The 5K was a great success. We had almost 100 runners and walkers show up, in spite of potential showers,” race chairwoman Donna Maguire said. “The first overall male was Matt Bradshaw, clocking in at 23:11. The first female was Sharon English, who ran it in 29:50.
“Winning for Sun City was Chipper Simon, running it in 24:41 and Linda Fisher, first Sun City female resident, coming in 31:27,” Maguire said. “The first male under 12 was 7-year-old Addison English and his sister, Emily, was the first female under 12.”
This event brought in nearly $1,000, which went toward the grand total.
A 24-hour Pickleball Marathon, the brainchild of Frank and Caroline Deluise, began at 10 a.m. Oct. 5 on the Lake House courts.
The first two hours were teams of veterans, followed by teams of general players.
The games moved to the Harris Teeter parking lot at 10 p.m. and continued there until 7 a.m., when players returned to the Lake House courts.
While a teaser for a silent auction was displayed during the marathon, all items went on display Oct. 15-17.
Throughout the month, the club also proudly displayed a Wall of Honor, with names honoring service men and women.
The wall will also be displayed during Veterans Day ceremonies at Sun City.
The last event was an invitational tournament with teams from around the Southeast playing on the Carolina Lakes courts. Gary Hart said the tournament had 87 teams with 107 entrants from Baileys Glen in Cornelius, N.C.; Cane Bay in Summerville; Myrtle Beach; Sun City Hilton Head; and Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton, Ga.
The winners were: Women by age group: Renate Hess and Kathy Jordon (50-59); Mary Claire Horner and Many Gilmore (60-63); Mary Anne Lindsey and Sue Lambert (64-79)
Men by age group: Donn Lindsey and Fred Harvey (64-66); Jim Mayer and Al Gasper (66-67); Tom Ragland and Keith Davis (68-74)
Mixed by age group: Deb Rea and Dan Sturzenbecker (50-57); Dottie Read and Marshal Read (58-61); Mary Gilroy and Ken Kiurski (61-62); Carol Conlin and Tom Livingston (63-65); Mary Anne Lindsey and Donn Lindsey (66-69); Sherry Bruton and Keith Weber (70+)
“We are grateful for the wonderful support we have had from businesses, our community, our Pickleball Club members and volunteers who have enabled us to well exceed our goal,” Sue Lambert said.
“We are very proud and hope veterans and their families will benefit from our support.”
For more information about Hope for the Warriors, visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org or call (910) 938-1817.