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'Paddle for a Purpose' raises funds for Waveny

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Waveny Mixed Paddle tournament Country Club flight winners Sharon Stevenson and Chris Chiaia (right) with runners up Cindy and Ron Holland Kelly (left).

Following the success of the past five years' events, Waveny LifeCare Network recently hosted its sixth annual Mixed-Paddle Tournament fundraiser, the proceeds of which support Waveny's not-for-profit network of residences, programs and services.

"We are delighted and grateful that we were able to attract our best local recreational players, as well as top-ranked APTA professionals who all came together to `Paddle for a Purpose,' " said Sharon Stevenson, Waveny board member and event chairman.

Joanne Boyer, director of development, said, "Our event is steadily generating an increase in awareness, enthusiasm and support for Waveny and is already on the players' calendars for next year. This mixed paddle tournament's continued momentum and success is due in large part to the participation of the local clubs and paddle pros, as well as the player participants, wonderful sponsors and volunteers."

The tournament took place concurrently at the Country Club of New Canaan, New Canaan Field Club, the Lake Club and Waveny Park. Event finals were at the Country Club of New Canaan and featured an after-party celebration inside the club's paddle hut.

The event sponsors included Construction Resources Inc., Morrison, Hearst Corp., Karl Chevrolet, Viking Athletics, Stewart's Spirits and Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. New this year to the event was corporate sponsor Construction Resources, which matched the registration fee for each team signing up at a special match level.

Country club flight winners were Sharon Stevenson and Chris Chiaia, with runners-up Cindy and Ron Holland. Winners from the other site locations include Roxy Enica and Dilshod Sharifi, with runners-up Victoria Stoklasova and Scott McKessy; Doug Campbell and Maryellen O'Mahony, with runners-up Deirdre McAllister and Ross Smith; and Cyrus Clark and Laura James, with runners-up Valerie and Peter Frost.

Plans for the seventh annual event are already being discussed. Waveny encourages all paddle players with an interest in giving back to the community to join its event planning committee.

For information, contact Boyer at 203-594-5416 or JBoyer@waveny.org.

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