Lily & Co. Jewelers is once again partnering with International Tennis Hall of Fame Coach Nick Bollettieri and his IMG Academy team to present an engaging tennis event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11 at the Beachview Tennis Club. A “Battle of the Sexes” will highlight the day.
The match, featuring Christie “Billie Jean King” Bradley and Toni “Bobby Riggs” Halski, will take place at 11:30 a.m. during the court-side lunch. Bradley has been with The Sanctuary Golf Club for the past 24 years and currently serves as the Director of Racquet Sports. Halski, owner of Beachview Tennis Club, has 36 years of professional experience and become legendary for his ‘tough love’ clinics.
“We just couldn’t think of a more fun way to entertain everyone than with two tennis experts like Christie and Toni portraying the infamous 1973 match, which King won in three sets,” said Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. and an avid tennis player. “It will be an unforgettable day of tennis and for a very worthy cause.”
Proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities – and Ronald McDonald may make an appearance!
RMHC creates, finds and supports programs directly improving the health and well-being of children and their families in Southwest Florida to keep families close. Its Ronald McDonald Care Mobile travels to schools, community centers and neighborhoods delivering dental care and medical screenings. Since hitting the road in 2006 the Mobile Medical Unit has provided services to nearly 17,000 Collier County children.
The Ronald McDonald Houses have been providing a ‘home away from home’ to keep parents and children close since the first one opened in 1974 in Philadelphia. Ronald McDonald Family Rooms are a place for families to rest right in the hospital, and one opened in the new Golisano Children’s Hospital in April 2017. Grants and scholarships extend the reach and impact of RMHC, which serves more than 7 million children and families each year.
The Nov. 11 tennis event will be Doubles Round Robin play, divided by skill level, with instruction by Bollettieri on one of the five HyrdroGrid clay courts. Awards will be presented to finalists of the intermediate and advanced divisions. “The idea is to help the everyday player, sure,” said Bollettieri. “But it is more about helping the community, the thing that is important to Dan (Schuyler) and Karen (Bell). I am delighted to be a part of it.”
Attendees will have the chance to win one of several amazing raffle prizes from Lily & Co., Wrigley’s Tennis, Sanibel Catering Company, Beachview Tennis and IMG Academy. Enjoy breakfast fare by Sanibel Catering Company and champagne will be served court side for the “Battle of the Sexes.”
Doron Hakimian, president and chief designer of Doves by Doron Paloma, will mark his third visit to Lily & Co. Jewelers with a special trunk show during the tennis event at Lily & Co. A portion of the proceeds from the trunk sales will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Hakimian will also take part in the charity tennis event.
Player registration is $100 and includes the youth clinic from 11 a.m. to noon. Spectator tickets are $50 each. However, there is limited space available! To register as a player or spectator, visit or contact Dan Schuyler at Lily & Co., 520 Tarpon Bay Rd (239-472-2888) or Toni Halski at Beachview Tennis Club, 1101 Par View Dr (239-472-9099).
The day is also made possible by generous sponsors: Ed Bolter of Lamar Outdoor Advertising; Dr. Marius Espeleta, Pediatric Medicine; Rich Venchey of Port Charlotte-based Wriggly Tennis; Duane Chaney of Arch Capital Advisory Group; The Bailey Family of Sanibel Catering Company; Lily Dodge of Edward Jones Investments; RS Walsh Landscaping. Alex Blgojevic, CFP, of Morgan Stanley, Brian Johnson, Island Scene; Island Sun; Island Reporter, and Dan & Ruthie Struble.
“We are grateful for all the support of these kind folks,” said Lily & Co. Owner Karen Bell. “They represent the giving nature of our community and make us proud to call these islands our home.”