ROCKPORT — The 16th annual “Serving to End Hunger” benefit, which featured tennis and pickleball tournaments, was held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 20-21 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The popular fundraiser, which drew dozens of participants of all ages, raised money to support global, state and local organizations, including the Evangelical Lutheran Church America (ELCA) World Hunger (global) and Good Shepherd Food Bank (state) through matching funds. It also raised funds for the Rockland Salvation Army (local).

The event has been a mostly tennis tourney for most of the years, but pickleball, a quickly growing and immensely popular sport, has joined the fun in recent years.

Scene from the 16th annual “Serving to End Hunger” tennis and pickleball tournament on Nov. 20-21 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. Vicky Cutri. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

On Saturday, the event paused to honor, and name one of MRC indoor tennis courts after, Bruce Meyer, a fixture at the facility and longtime coach and topnotch player.

Due to pandemic safety protocols, this year’s event followed each flight from beginning to end before moving on to the next.

Flight One of Saturday’s adult round-robin tennis event consisted of 16 players. The winners of the flight were Lana Arau and Alex Arau.

Scene from the 16th annual “Serving to End Hunger” tennis and pickleball tournament on Nov. 20-21 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. Rick Thackeray, left, and John Cameron. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

Flight Two of adult tennis, also a round-robin format for 16 players, wrapped the adult session with winners Vicky Cutri and John Cameron.

Cameron tied Rick Thackeray for the men, but the opponents opted to hold a quick, three-point tiebreaker match. Cameron won by scoring two points.

Members of the tennis community took on Bruce, Seth and Will Meyer midday in the Meyer Men Challenge.

Scene from the 16th annual “Serving to End Hunger” tennis and pickleball tournament on Nov. 20-21 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. Will Meyer. Photo by Holly Vanorse Spicer

In the Junior Tournament, 21 players came from around the state to participate in singles matches.

The winners were Will Meyer of Camden, Charlotte Delehey of Camden, Claire Dwyer of Manchester, Gilbert Thill of South Thomaston and Laken Walker of Bangor.

On Sunday, Nov. 21, the pickleball tournament kicked off with 32 players.

Dave Perry, who helped organize the event, said the emphasis was on fun play to raise money for the Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine.