July 21, 2011 - Tennis Classic is an ace for Stout Street Foundation
What: 3rd Annual Carolyn Lucero Memorial Tennis Classic and silent-auction fundraiser
Where: Berkeley Park Tennis Courts
When: Friday, July 21-Sunday, July 23, 2011
Time: Friday at 6 p.m. through 5 p.m. on Sunday
Ticket Prices: $35 individual
Beneficiary: Stout Street Foundation
Executive Director: Tom Knight
Staff: Tom Knight, executive director; Brad Lucero III, assistant executive director; Christopher Conway, program director; Darcy Narans, chief financial officer; Sharon Sieh, logistics specialist; Pamela Fisher, night supervisor; Nicholas Petrucelli, IT director/counselor; Teri Smith, development director; Barbara Schibler, admissions coordinator; Tom Pino, education director; Eugene Brydon and Christopher Konecny, counselors in training
Sponsors: Commerce City, Shamrock Foods, Ogden Street South, Ooo! Aah! Jewelry, C&C Shirt Co., Powell Brothers Graphics, Solace Counseling Services, Oakwood Homes, Selma's Guest House, Tennis Magazine, Signs by Tomorrow, Phoenix Multisport, The Berkeley District, Lucky Bee Studio, Aspen Pure, Interstate Roofing, Sports Radio AM1510
Attire: Tennis and athletic attire
Event Coordinator: Teri Smith
Blacktie Photos by: Lisa Perry
Board member and Stout Street program grad Pamela Fisher (left) and Niki Worthan strike a pose.
Sizzling temperatures and random raindrops were no match for determined competitors at the 3rd annual Carolyn Lucero Memorial Tennis Classic. Held at Berkeley Park Tennis Courts July 22-24, the tournament was a smash, with more than 80 participants of all USTA skill levels showing “lobs” of love for a great cause. Advantage: Stout Street Foundation’s treatment programs for substance abuse and addiction.
The annual doubles tournament began on Friday with matches during the evening, followed by a full day of play that included a casual lunch prepared by Stout Street staff and volunteers. Competitors battled it out on Sunday for 11 gorgeous first-place trophies, with automatic bragging rights attached. Throughout the three-day event, participants and spectators had the opportunity to bid on an array of entertainment and tennis-focused items at a silent auction. Enticements included autographed memorabilia from Andre Agassi and Roger Federer, plus hotel stays and even a four-month package of tai chi lessons.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Stout Street Foundation, incorporated in 1976 for addiction rehabilitation, and created to provide a supportive, therapeutic community for addicts and alcoholics. SSF offers treatment options designed to help clients help themselves, and the organization strives to return each individual to society as a recovering, productive and responsible citizen utilizing three separate programs to address varying client needs.
The Stout Street Foundation's long-term treatment facility has grown and expanded from a small house on Stout Street in Denver with just a handful of residents to a newly refurbished hotel in Commerce City accommodating more than 125 people in a self-contained community. The program not only addresses substance abuse, but helps with life skills. Residents are assigned jobs within the community, as well as within the residential building. The foundation’s outpatient clinic, the Choosing Life Center, offers a variety of effective treatment services, while Serenity, a 28-day intensive residential treatment facility, is available for the public as well as the judicial community.
The Stout Street Foundation holds a number of fundraisers throughout the year and celebrates its 35th anniversary on Oct. 22, 2011, with a dinner and performance by comedian Mark Lundholm at the Renaissance Denver Hotel. Lundholm has appeared on Comedy Central and Showtime, and received critical acclaim for his one-man show on Broadway. He is known for bringing his own stories of addiction and recovery to life for audiences. To learn more about the anniversary celebration, go to: http://www.blacktie-colorado.com/calendar/event-detail.cfm?id=22128. For more information about Stout Street Foundation's programs and events, call 303-321-2533, or go to: www.StoutStreet.org.