It’s a chance to savor a once-in-a-lifetime tennis experience and help children suffering from cancer at the same time. Trips for two to Wimbledon and the Italian Open as well as a custom-designed pendant by award-winning jewelry designer Denny Wong are among the items up for bid at the 2019 Madisen’s Match VIP Gala and Auction. The can’t-miss event benefiting local cancer treatment programs happens on Saturday, March 16 at 6 p.m. at the picturesque Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club.
Decorated tennis pros will be on hand, and jazz-infused pianist and singer Danny Sinoff will evoke memories of Frank Sinatra as guests enjoy cocktails and dinner. Among those in attendance will be former U.S. Open mixed doubles champion Tom Gullikson, whose support of the event is in memory of his twin brother, Tim, who succumbed to brain cancer in 1996.
“It’s a fabulous evening and a chance to celebrate a sport we love,” Madisen’s Match founder Duane Chaney said. “Most of all, it’s an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children suffering from cancer.”
Madisen’s Match has raised more than $1 million since it began in 2009. Chaney’s niece Madisen Abramson was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor at age 3, but she endured the challenges to emerge as a relatively healthy teenager. Madisen will be at the gala, and so will 11-year-old Cali Trepkowski, a courageous brain cancer survivor from Cape Coral.
“Cali came dangerously close to losing her young life, but now she is a brilliant sixth-grader and an inspiration to us all,” Madisen’s Match founder Duane Chaney said. “I can’t wait for everyone to meet her and Madisen at the gala and see why all of us pour so much effort into supporting cancer treatment programs in Southwest Florida.”
Proceeds from Madisen’s Match go to the Brain Tumor Navigator Program at the Lee Health Regional Cancer Center and Barbara’s Friends: The Golisano Children’s Hospital Cancer Center Fund.
Tickets are quickly selling at madisensmatch.com. The site includes a list of players appearing at two other Madisen’s Match Premier Events: the Golisano Children’s Hospital Pro Tennis Classic and the Madisen’s Match Legends Tennis Camp, both of which are on Monday, March 18.