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Todd Martin and Bob Beamon Latest Celebrities to Join Swingtime Supports the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation


Posted on: 09/18/2002

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Contact: Michele Cope

September 18, 2002

(561) 394-9190 MLCope@chevents.com

Todd Martin and Bob Beamon Latest Celebrities to Join Swingtime Supports the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Tennis star Todd Martin and Olympian Bob Beamon join the star studded roster at Swingtime--A Pro-Celebrity Pro-Am Tennis & Golf Tournament--Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation. Swingtime returns to Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida, December 14-15, 2002.

Todd Martin has consistently ranked among the top-20 players in the world during the last decade. Martin is a two-time Grand Slam finalist and has been a Davis Cup stalwart during his career. Martin is currently in Paris with another Swingtime participant, Andy Roddick, competing against France in Davis Cup competition. Martin is a board member of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation.

At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, Bob Beamon claimed a Gold Medal with his world-record leap of 8.9 meters in the long jump. This record stood for two decades and is recognized as having one of the greatest achievements in Olympic history.

Event Host Tom Gullikson says, “We are very excited that Todd and Bob are able to join us this year. They will be a great addition to our already stellar field of celebrities.” In addition to Martin and Beamon, the event includes such celebrities as tennis champs Chris Evert, Stan Smith, Jim Courier, Aaron Krickstein, Andy Roddick, as well as NFL Hall of Famer Paul Warfield, former New York Met Keith Hernandez and CBS Sports’ Brett Haber.

Swingtime features tennis stars and other celebrities playing with and against amateurs in tennis and golf. In addition, there will be a tennis exhibition featuring top players and a dinner party with all the celebrities. There are still openings for people to participate in the tennis and golf pro-ams and tickets are still available for both the exhibition and dinner party.

The annual event, which is in its fourth year, has raised nearly $175,000 in revenue and, more importantly, has significantly increased awareness of the Foundation’s mission – to assist brain-tumor patients and their families by funding care and support programs. The Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation was founded in 1995 by Tim Gullikson, former tennis professional and coach of Pete Sampras, and his identical twin brother, Tom Gullikson, a former tennis professional, coach and captain of the United States Davis Cup team. Tim was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 1995 and lost his battle with the illness in 1996 at the age of 44.

Swingtime is managed by C & H Events of Boca Raton. The official host sponsor is Ibis Golf & Country Club. Official Sponsors include: Braman Motorcars, Adelphia Media Services, Clear Channel - Palm Beach, The Palm Beach Post, Wachovia, Tennis Week and Nike. The Official Hotel for Swingtime is The Ritz-Carlton – Palm Beach. This year’s Saturday Evening Dinner Party will be held at Ibis Golf & Country Club and is Sponsored by Custer & Jefferson.

Tennis exhibition tickets, pro-am spots, dinner party invitations and sponsorships are available by calling C & H Events at (561) 394-9190.

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