Charlevoix, MI – The sound of pickleball paddles hitting balls echoed excitement through Charlevoix last week as over 100 players competed in a three-day pickleball fundraiser, raising an impressive $10,000 for cancer research and support.
The U Can-Cer Vive’s Pickleball for the Cure event was hosted at the Charlevoix Tennis and Pickleball Center from August 23rd-25th. Players smashed, lobbed and volleyed their way through singles, doubles and mixed doubles tournaments with proceeds benefiting local cancer support non-profit U Can-Cer Vive.
Beyond the satisfying pings of paddles, the event hall was filled with the sounds of laughter, friendly competition and hope – with players driven by their compassion for those impacted by cancer.
“Our community has been affected by cancer in so many ways,” said event organizer Mindy Sterling. “We wanted to honor those fighting cancer and raise money for an important cause.”
And raise money they did! Through tournament entry fees, a silent auction, raffle and donations from community sponsors like Glen Hair Salon and Charlevoix Hardware, the pickleball fundraiser racked up over $10,000 for cancer research and patient support services.
Top tournament winners included Bonnie Page, who snagged the singles title, and partners Lynn Tollas and Jen Buck, who clinched the doubles crown. The mixed doubles championship went to the team of Henry M. and Dave Wulbrecht.
While competition was fierce, the event maintained a spirited, community atmosphere. Players rallied behind U Can-Cer Vive’s mission to provide financial assistance and emotional support to local cancer patients.
“Cancer affects everyone, whether you’re Pickle Rick or just a casual player like me,” said raffle ticket buyer Phil McGrath. “It’s awesome to see our community unite for the cause.”
U Can-Cer Vive Director Gina Lemere expressed gratitude for the pickleball community’s support and innovative fundraising efforts. “We’re amazed by their passion, talent and generosity,” she said. “The money raised will help us make a real difference for local families impacted by cancer.”
As the last balls were hit and paddles packed away, players deemed the inaugural Pickleball for the Cure tournament an absolute smash hit. Organizers hope to make it an annual event and continue growing community support.
With their pickleball prowess, big hearts and competitive spirits, Charlevoix residents have proven they can deliver one fierce battle against cancer. Game on!