It was a perfect evening for a tennis round robin under the full Harvest Moon at Bitsy Grant on Friday November 3, 2017. Committee members checked in over 165 Swing to the Beat guests at the Clubhouse before they strolled down to the soft courts in their tennis best.
Those guests who chose not to play had many opportunities to enjoy an unseasonably warm evening, either by watching a demonstration of Paddle Tennis on the new courts, or by cheering at an exhibition match between event Honorary Chair William King, Jr. and UTA tennis director Tim Noonan. Two up-and-coming Academy juniors joined them in a fast-paced match on court 3 while guests sipped the very delicious Honey Deuce, the official cocktail for the US Open.
Chaired by Molly Willis, the purpose of the party was to complete the funding for the new Shade Decks. Katrina Adams, President of the USTA, just happened to be in town, and joined Amy Phuong, the City of Atlanta’s Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, for the ribbon cutting and dedication along with other notables on the new decks.
After a delicious meal of heavy hors d’oeuvres, the party continued with a lively auction, chaired by Suzi Modisett. There were approximately 100 auction items, including over 80 items in the silent auction, and some truly amazing live auction items, including two tickets in the President’s Box at the 2018 US Open and a Gold Record from The Commodores.
At the end of the night, Bitsy Grant Tennis Center had netted $33,000 from the event, completing funding for the new Shade Decks, and paving the way for many more improvements to the tennis center, courts, and grounds in the coming year. A tremendous “Thank you!” to all the volunteers, donors, and other supporters who made this event possible!