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Tennis tourney aids cancer organization
Event at Polo open to public
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The tournament games, auctions and raffle are free and open to the public. Tickets for Saturday night's party are $50. To participate, reservations must be made by noon Friday by calling (404) 281-6368.

Polo Golf & Country Club invites the community to its first Pro-Am Tennis Tournament.

The event, which pits area amateurs against professional players, will benefit the Atlanta affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

“The pro-am charity event is a win-win for everyone,” said Dan Moscar, club general manager. “Amateur tennis players will have the opportunity to play against professionals and a worthy cause will benefit from the proceeds earned.”

The tournament, which organizers hope to make an annual event, will feature 32 professional tennis players, 20 men and 12 women.

It will begin Friday with exhibition doubles between the best four male professionals.

“We thought it was a great charity,” said Jon Gusthart, tournament director. “My goal this year is to really get it off the ground, have the members and the professionals have a great time and as long as that happens, everyone’s going to be excited to come back next year.”

Gusthart said the event could raise between $10,000 and $15,000 this year.

The tournament begins Saturday at 9 a.m. after breakfast. Following the games, there will be a raffle and live and silent auctions, featuring various sports memorabilia.

“We rely on community events and support to help us enable women to detect and survive breast cancer,” said Jessica Murdock, Komen special events manager.

“From this event, 85 percent of all proceeds will find life-saving screening and treatment programs in the Atlanta area.”