Special to the Indy by OCSocialScene.
The Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County kicked off the 52nd Annual Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic last Saturday, May 25, with its Tournament during the day, and rocking Kick-Off Party that evening. Opening rounds were held at Palisades and Newport Beach Tennis Clubs.
Under balmy skies and a beautiful sunset, The Guild welcomed approximately 450 guests –players and non-players alike – to the Tournament Kickoff Party, held poolside at the beautiful Newport Beach Tennis Club.
More than 20 local restaurants and vendors donated fare for the hungry guests, including Brown-Forman, Estrella Damm, 3-Thirty-3 Restaurant, Amelia’s, Garduno’s, California Pizza Kitchen, La Cave Restaurant, Ho Sum Bistro, Sabatinos Sausage Co., Avila El Ranchito, Bluewater Grill, Quiet Woman, Rubio’s Restaurant, Newport Rib Co., Il Fornaio Restaurant, Newport Beach Tennis Club, Trader Joe’s, Hi Time Wine Cellars, Starbuck’s Coffee, Woody’s Diner, and Nothing Bundt Cakes.
Dinner entertainment was provided by Island Guitarist Freddy Zuma (who appears regularly at SOL and Tommy Bahamas), followed by the strains of Steve Donn & The Heart-N-Soul Band. A fun photo booth kept guests entertained as well.
Working feverishly behind the bar were volunteers Don Nevins, Roger Alexander, Henry Kutlo. Bill Wyrick Howard Hutchinson, and Andrew Easterling.
Chaired by Laurie Moroch, the Tournament Kick Off Party Committee included members Kim Hicks, Erin Markland, Jeri Nevins, and Joanne Vogelsang.
The Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic continues through the weekend with the commencement of Open Player matches and all level finals at the Newport Beach Tennis Club. For more information on the tourney, log on to adoptionguild.org.
For over fifty years, the Adoption Guild of Southern Orange County has supported Holy Family Services Adoption & Foster Care Agency. With the hope of giving every child an opportunity to have a loving family, dedicated Adoption Guild volunteers work each year to present two major fund-raising events: the Patroness Tea and Roy Emerson Adoption Guild Tennis Classic in May. All proceeds benefit Holy Family Services.
Since 1961, Adoption Guild has generated over $4.3 million in funding, contributing to approximately 3,000 adoptions.