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Great Auction Items, Celebrities and Entertainment at Swingtime Swingtime Benefits the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation

Posted on: 11/12/2003

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Contact: Michele Cope November 12, 2003
(561) 394-9190

Great Auction Items, Celebrities and Entertainment at Swingtime Swingtime Benefits the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation

(West Palm Beach, FL) – Great auction items and entertainment will be on hand during 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.

Swingtime features a Tennis Pro-Am, a Tennis Exhibition starring the world's No. 1 tennis player Andy Roddick versus James Blake, the Swingtime Gala presented by Andy M. Custer & Associates, and a shotgun Golf Tournament.

This year's Swingtime Gala will be hosted by actress Robin Givens and CBS Sports' Brett Haber and will feature a performance by Valerie Tyson Band and a special vocal and piano performance by Tim Gullikson's son, Erik Gullikson.

The evening will have top celebrities in attendance, a cocktail reception and a silent and live auction. The silent and live auctions will include items and experiences such as a behind the scenes tour of the United States Capital and lunch with Senator John Breaux in the private Senate dining room, a MLB All Star Game package, and vacations in the Bahamas, South Florida, Cape Cod, San Francisco and Jamaica. For the serious tennis fan, there will be a private tennis lesson with Tom Gullikson, a behind the scenes tour of the US Open, tickets for the President's Box and the Nike Suite at the US Open, plus private hitting sessions with top tennis stars.

For the art collector, there will be artwork from Salvatore Principe and Burton Morris. Great holiday gifts for children include opportunities for junior tennis players to train at Evert Academy and a Nike Junior Tennis Camp, plus a ride in the Goodyear Blimp and a ride on the Zamboni during a Florida Panthers game. For the sports memorabilia collector, there will be autographed items from Lance Armstrong, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and 2003 Master's Champion Mike Weir.

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, Olympians Bob Beamon and Andy Mill, actor James McDaniel and EXTRA correspondent Tava Smiley.

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.
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The 5th annual event has raised nearly $300,000 for the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation and, more importantly, has significantly increased awareness of the Foundation’s mission – to assist brain tumor patients and their families in managing the physical, emotional and social challenges presented by the illness. 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. We are proud to announce TIAA-CREF, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund, as a new Official Sponsor of Swingtime Benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation. Additional Official Sponsors include: Adelphia Media Services, Clear Channel - Palm Beach, The Palm Beach Post, Wachovia, Tennis Week, JetBlue Airways, Rado 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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