| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

Photo Credit: Reuben Kliner

The fourth annual Play for Pink Tennis tournament was held at the Shelter Rock Tennis and Country Club in Manhasset as 160 hardy and enthusiastic tennis players came out to participate in this charity event.

The tournament was created after Shelter Rock’s Head Pro, Robin Deitch- Nogrady, was diagnosed with breast cancer and it helps to support Play for Pink, a nationwide charity that raises money solely for Breast Cancer Research. The money raised goes to grants for the specific purpose of finding cures for this rampant disease.

Each player in the men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles received a gift bag, a bright pink tee shirt along with pink wrist bands and the winners of each flight were presented with a beautiful silver picture frame as a memento at the club’s awards dinner.

The women of Shelter Rock spent months planning this event, and had corporate banners surrounding all the courts. In addition, generous Shelter Rock members sponsored and provided t-shirts, wrist bands, pink champagne, bottled water, and themed candy. Raffles were sold for many fabulous prizes, vendors were invited to come and volunteers walked around handing out water, towels and snacks for the tournament’s players.

Following the tournament, the event also played host to a wonderful barbeque dinner that for more than 200 people. The members and guests that attended were treated to a champagne toast, as speeches were made and the awards and raffle prizes were presented.

This year’s contributions exceeded $70,000, which made Shelter Rock, the most generous Tennis Club in the Nation for the Play for Pink Foundation, thanks to the dedicated staff, management and members of the club who made the event possible.