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September 07, 2008 - Lovin Tennis With the Stars!

What: 1st Annual Tennis with the Stars Tournament

Where: Gates Tennis Center

When: Sunday, September 7th

Time: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Ticket Prices: $75.00 per player

Beneficiary: Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation

Host(s): Blacktie Colorado, Loan Vo, Josh Hanfling

EMCEE: Ryan Frazier

Founders: Loan Vo, Josh Hanfling, Kenton Kuhn

Executive Director: Mary Hanewell

Libations: Orchid Liqueurs

Catering: Red Walrus

Of note: Thanks to our Stars: Mayor John Hickenlooper, George Karl, D.A. Mitch Morrissey, Ryan Frazier, Jake Schroeder, Troy Lowrie, Jeff Salzenstein, Cory Ross, Andy Zodin, Sarah Zodin, Peter Braun

Sponsors: Intertech Plastics, Inc., DGL Consumer Products, Inc., Mile High Sports Radio AM1510, Morgan Stanley, Two Medicine Health & Financial Fitness, Red Walrus Catering, Latitude Sports Marketing, Smart Water, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Orchid Liqueurs, and Hartford

Auctioneer: Latitude Sports Marketing

Attire: Tennis

Special Thanks: Noel and Leslie Ginsburg, Troy Lowrie, Todd Slawson and Kim Roberts for making contributions of $1,000 or larger

Event Coordinator: Loan Vo

Blacktie Photos by: Patrick Dubois

 Mayor Hickenlooper congratulates one half of the men's double's winner's Andy Berg
Mayor Hickenlooper congratulates one half of the men's double's winner's Andy Berg

There is a glut of golf tournaments every summer in Denver.  Doesn't anyone play tennis anymore?  As it turns out they do. Even on the day that the semi-finals between Nidal and Murray at the US Open Tennis Championship are taking place.

And it fell to Loan Vo, Josh  Hanfling and Blacktie's Kenton Kuhn to arrange the premiere tennis tourney of the year.  Loan (pronounced Low Anne) had participated in the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation program as a youngster (known as "Dreamers" ) and wanted to give back.

So the CIHADF, as it is known affectionately, along with the Net Results organization were chosen as beneficiaries of the 1st annual, Tennis With the Stars tournament.

The beautiful Gates Tennis Center in Cherry Creek provided the setting, and their recent remodel served as a wonderful base of operations. Men's and women's doubles started at 11:00 am and went to 3:00, when the championship rounds began.  Then at 4;00 pm, the matches with the celebrities began.  Those individuals who had won the tournaments were matched up with celebrity players including:  Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrisey, Opie Gone Bad's Jake Schroder and professional tennis players like Cory Ross, Andy Zodin, Sarah Zodin, Jeff Salzenstein, Peter Braun and club owner Troy Lowrie.

Mayor Hickenlooper with player and son Teddy

Mayor John Hickenlooper showed up to watch, but is a pretty fair player in his own right.  The celebrities played tough and afterward all enjoyed a party.  the crowd remarked that DA Mitch morrisey is not only tough in court but on the court as well.  In the end, the left hand Morrisey and his partner  Jean "john"Bouquet, finished second to Andy Berg and Salzenstein.  Salzenstein was once ranked  100 in singles in the world and 68 in doubles, but Morrisey and Bouquet played tough.

Morrissey's left hand is something to contend with

Afterwards, spectators and players alike were treated to great treats from the Red Walrus and great drinks from Jim Beimford of Orchid Liqueurs.

So, next year, skip the links and look to play in this great tournament.
Yup, that's Nugget's coach George Karl serving as a line judge.  He's excited about next season. 

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