Swingtime Raises over $150,000 for the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation
Andy Roddick and Other Celebrities Swing Racquets and Clubs for Charity
(West Palm Beach, FL) – The 5th Annual Swingtime had its biggest year to date – nearly tripling in size! The Tennis Pro-Am, Tennis Exhibition, Swingtime Gala and Golf Pro-Am all sold out and attendance totaled more than 3,000 people. It was an excellent weekend for all who participated in support for this great cause.
Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach was the official host sponsor of Swingtime – A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament – Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation. The Event raised more than $150,000 for the Foundation whose mission is to assist brain-tumor patients and their families in managing the physical, emotional and social challenges presented by the illness. To date, Swingtime has raised nearly one-half million dollars for the Foundation.
Tennis stars of both past and present participated in the Exhibition on Saturday, December 13, which included four-one set matches. Brett Haber (CBS Sports Anchor), Cliff Drysdale (Tennis Correspondent) and Justin Gimelstob (ATP Professional) added humor to the Exhibition as the celebrity umpires. Both the players and the commentators wore microphones allowing the sold out crowd to hear the on-court banter. Haber, along with actress Robin Givens, served as the Master of Ceremonies at the Swingtime Gala.
In the opening match, Tom Gullikson and Chris Evert defeated Stan Smith and Kathy Rinaldi by a score of 6-2. The next match was ladies doubles, which saw Brenda Schultz McCarthy and Lori McNeil defeat Kathy Rinaldi and Corina Morariu, 6-3. The Exhibition then switched to men’s doubles with Mardy Fish and Aaron Krickstein winning against Todd Martin and MaliVai Washington 6-4. The featured match rounded out the Exhibition with two of tennis’ brightest stars, world No. 1 Andy Roddick and James Blake. Blake won by a score of 8-4 in pro-set format with amazing net play and flawless baseline forehands.
The Golf Pro-Am Tournament was played on Sunday, December 14 in a scramble format. ATP Professional Todd Martin’s team took First Place: Todd Martin, Lynn Martin (Todd’s mother), Mike Evans, Bob Roberts and Fred Kleinfeld.
Coming in Second Place was Team Nike: LPGA Professional Michelle McGann, Actress Tava Smiley, Mike Nakajima, Mike Ramos and Duy Anh Tran. Andy Custer’s Team placed third: ATP Professional James Blake, Andy Custer, Jeff Ville, Scott Black and Chris Gill.
The Swingtime Auction raised more than $70,000 for the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation. The items that brought the highest bid of $6,500 were the autographed racquets that Roddick and Blake had played with earlier in the day.
Event Host Tom Gullikson comments, “Swingtime is a unique event. We are proud to have so many talented players and friends continue to support the Event and the Foundation. I love the opportunity to support the Foundation and catch up with old friends. It is truly a great time for all involved.” The Foundation was founded in 1995 by the identical twins, Tim and Tom Gullikson. Tim made his mark on tennis as a former tennis professional and coach of Pete Sampras. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1995 and lost his battle with the illness in 1996. Tom was also a former professional and coached many of the games top players and is a previous captain of the United States' Davis Cup team.
Tim’s son, Erik Gullikson, performed an amazing jazz ensemble during the Gala with original music and a few timeless classics. Erik is currently a junior at Northwestern University where he is a member of the University’s Jazz Sextet.
Swingtime is managed by C & H Events of Boca Raton. The official host sponsor is Ibis Golf & Country Club. Official Sponsors include: Braman Motorcars, Adelphia Media Services, Clear Channel - Palm Beach, The Palm Beach Post, Wachovia, Tennis Week, JetBlue Airways and Nike. This year’s Swingtime Gala will be held at Ibis Golf & Country Club and is sponsored by Andy M. Custer & Associates.