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Andy Roddick and James Blake Lead Field of Celebrities for Swingtime To Benefit the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation

Posted on: 08/20/2003

Contact: Michele Cope (561) 394-9190

Andy Roddick and James Blake Lead Field of Celebrities for Swingtime To Benefit the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Tennis stars Andy Roddick and James Blake will lead the star studded field 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 13-14, 2003, 2002.

Boca Raton’s Roddick, 21, is the leader of a new crop of American tennis players. Currently seventh-ranked in the world, Roddick has won eight career titles and accumulated over 2 million dollars in prize money. In 2003, he has reached the semifinals at both the Australian Open and Wimbledon and has won three ATP titles.

Blake, 23, is one of the most popular and fastest rising stars on the ATP. Blake turned pro after his sophomore year at Harvard University, where he was the top collegiate player in 1999. Since turning pro, Blake has earned a spot on the Davis Cup team and captured a breakthrough title in 2002. Off-court he has landed a second career as a model with IMG Models and received a nod as People Magazine’s Sexiest Athlete in its 2002 Sexiest Man Alive issue. Blake recently was named to the board of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation.

Swingtime will be hosted by Tom Gullikson and additional confirmed celebrities include tennis stars Chris Evert, Stan Smith, Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Aaron Krickstein, Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, Kathy Rinaldi, Mardy Fish and CBS Sports' Brett Haber. Courier, Martin and Haber are on the board of the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation.

The event will feature a Tennis Pro-Am, a Tennis Exhibition starring Roddick and Blake, the Swingtime Gala presented by Andy M. Custer & Associates, and a shotgun Golf Tournament. Swingtime offers participants an interactive format to play with and against the celebrities in a relaxed and casual atmosphere, plus the opportunity to join them for a fun evening at Ibis for the Swingtime Gala. The Swingtime Gala includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and dancing. The Sunshine Network will televise a highlight program across the state that will showcase Swingtime as one of the state's top charity celebrity events.

The annual event, which is in its fifth year, has raised nearly $300,000 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, JetBlue Airways and Nike. This year’s Swingtime Gala will be held at Ibis Golf & Country Club and is sponsored by Andy M. Custer & Associates.

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


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