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. 10, at Beachview Tennis Club. Proceeds will benefit clean water efforts through the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation.
“We have been organizing this event for several years and it has benefited a number of charities,” said Dan Schuyler, co-owner of Lily & Co. with Realtor Karen Bell. “Our community has been suffering from water quality issues, so it only seemed right to choose this valuable organizations.”
SCCF has been dedicated to conservation of coastal habitats and aquatic resources on the islands and surrounding watershed for more than 50 years. Throughout that time, its program areas have grown to include wildlife and habitat management, sea turtle research and monitoring, environmental education, marine research laboratory and natural resource policy. Lately, it has been at the center of advocating for proper solutions to the current water crisis.
“Raise a Racket for Clean Water” will be Doubles Round Robin play, divided by skill level, with instruction by Bollettieri on one of the five HydroGrid clay courts. A court-side continental breakfast and grilled lunch will be provided by Sanibel Catering Co. and SCCF will provide information on the current water crisis. Attendees will have the chance to win one of several raffle prizes from Lily & Co., Sanibel Catering Co., Beachview Tennis Club and IMG Academy.
Doves Chief Designer Doron Hakimian will mark his fourth visit to Lily & Co. with a special trunk show during the charity tennis event at the store and participate in the event as a player. Doves pieces are inspired by nature as Hakimian combines 18-karat gold, diamonds and precious gemstones to create unique treasures. His attention to detail produces dramatic creations, yet it’s his unrelenting pursuit of perfection that sets apart his designs.
“Doves has become synonymous with eye-catching and wearable heirloom-quality jewelry,” said Schuyler. “We welcome him back to our island and are delighted he will be participating in our charity tennis event.”
Trophy’s, donated by Lily & Co., will be presented to all finalists with an opportunity for a court side photo. Cost is $100 for players and $50 for spectators, but space is limited. To register, contact Schuyler at Lily & Co., 520 Tarpon Bay Rd., or call 239-472-2888 or Toni Halski at Beachview Tennis Club, 1101 Par View Dr., or call 239-472-9099.
The day is made possible by these generous sponsors: Skip Leonard, Lee Memorial Health Systems; Sanibel Catering Company by Bailey’s; Dr. Marius Espeleta, Pediatric Medicine; Rich Vernsey, Wrigley’s Tennis; Duane Chaney, Arch Capital Advisory Group; Alex Blagojevic, CFP, Morgan Stanley; and The Island Sun and staff.