| By Lee Raisfeld

The Shelter Rock Tennis Club and Country Club family gathered recently for a fun-filled afternoon of great tennis and charity, raising a grand total of $53,000 for the Play for P.I.N.K. (Prevention, Immediate diagnosis, New technology, Knowledge) organization. For the second consecutive year, Shelter Rock hosted a Play for P.I.N.K. tennis tournament to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Robin Deitch Nogrady, host of the event, is a breast cancer survivor and the driving force behind Shelter Rock’s Play for P.I.N.K. day. Shelter Rock Tennis club is proud to have raised the highest amount of money of any tennis only club in the country.

Nearly 160 tennis members, family and friends participated in men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed-doubles events throughout the day. The doubles teams were divided by skill and played four 30-minute sessions. Winners of each flight were awarded prizes donated by the Play for P.I.N.K. organization. Taking place throughout the day were local vendors, raffles and a silent auction where proceeds helped raise funds for the charity. After the afternoon of tennis, a buffet dinner was served to more than 225 attendees.

The success of the event was attributed to the hard work and dedication of a group of individuals, including the dedicated staff of Shelter Rock Tennis Club, including Director of Tennis Rick Liebman, his wife Monica, Head Pro Robin Deitch Nogrady, Alex Zarek and Dean Nogrady (from Engineers Country Club). The first and second place finishers received awards from Play for P.I.N.K.

Many thanks also to the outstanding efforts from the ladies of Shelter Rock, under the leadership of Co-Chairs Ellen Fuller and Laura Genova, the backbone of the day’s events. The women sold banners, gathered raffle prizes, wrapped gifts and decorated Shelter Rock to make it look and feel festive. This is the second year that Ellen and Laura have extended themselves with outstanding results.

Play for P.I.N.K. has been informally adopted by country clubs across Long Island to raise money through golf, tennis and card party events (Shelter Rock added canasta to this year’s activities schedule). All of the money donated to Play for P.I.N.K. is given to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to support life saving research grants to help save lives. The Bloomberg Organization supports the charity, Wilson Sporting Goods supplied the pink tennis balls and Estee Lauder provided each player with a goodie bag filled with products.

Credit photo to Reuben Kleiner

Lee Raisfeld

<p>Lee Raisfeld is&nbsp;Executive Board Member of&nbsp;Shelter Rock Tennis Club &amp; Country Club. lee may be reached by e-mail at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Lee.Raisfeld@Ferguson.com">Lee.Raisfeld@Ferguson.com</a>.</p>