CASA PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT NETS OVER $133K FOR YOUTH IN THE OC FOSTER CARE SYSTEM

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CASA PICKLEBALL TOURNAMENT NETS OVER $133K FOR YOUTH IN THE OC FOSTER CARE SYSTEM

Santa Ana, Calif. (June 10, 2022) - Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County hosted its second annual Pickleball Tournament on Saturday, June 4th, 2022, at The Tennis and Pickleball Club at Newport Beach. The Tournament netted over $133K which will go directly to recruiting and training volunteers who will be matched with youth in foster care to serve as one on one mentor advocates.

The CASA Pickleball Tournament was chaired by Karen Jordan, Lourdes Nark, Wendy Tenebaum and Linda Young. 156 players and 89 spectators were part of the action for this year’s event. Players participated in four different league options including a Beginner’s Court, Intermediate Court, Competitive Court and a Pickleball Clinic for those learning how to play. All guests enjoyed tacos and margaritas, a live DJ courtesy of Cueva Entertainment, a 360 degree photo opportunity, and an opportunity drawing courtesy of The Tennis & Pickleball Club at Newport Beach and South Coast Plaza. STARK, Four Sisters, and Twila True Fine Jewelry and Watches had showcase vendor pop-ups.

The winner on this year’s Competitive Court was MoJo Mo’unga and Michael Guberger.

Sponsors included Karen Jordan as the Grand Slam Sponsor; Angela Lee, Lourdes & Ted Nark, Tarsadia Foundation, STARK, Larry & Wendy Tenebaum, The Warner Family, and Linda & Burton Young as Captain Sponsors; Essex Realty Management, Inc, Genea, Pam & Dave Harvey, and The Valaskantjis Family as Team Sponsors; Carol J. Moore, General Counsel Hyundai Capital America, Elite OC Productions, Mango House Media, Newmark, Sperry Commercial, and Withum as Court Sponsors; Twila True Fine Jewelry & Watches as Food Sponsor, Investors Philanthropic as Venue Sponsor; Dr. Jacqueline DuPont-Carlson and Immersion World Travel as Scorecard Sponsor; The Clemons Family Foundation as Bar Sponsor; Commercial Bank of California as Player Swag Bag Sponsor; Modern Luxury Riviera Orange County as Exclusive Media Sponsor.

About Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Orange County

A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 1985, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County (CASA OC) provides a powerful voice and a meaningful connection for children who have experienced abuse, neglect and abandonment. CASA volunteers are a crucial intervention to help ensure safety, speed up permanent placement, help children and youth thrive in school, and support positive health outcomes.  A CASA volunteer is often the only consistent adult in a child or youth’s life who is not paid to support and advocate for them. The CEO of CASA OC since 2017 is Regan Dean Phillips, Esq., MSW. Chair of the Board of Directors is Patty Juarez, SVP, Wells Fargo Company. CASA is a private, nonprofit organization supported by individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies.  It is a member of the National CASA/GAL Association for Children. Please visit casaoc.org to learn more.

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