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Tennis, pickleball players serve up top efforts to feed hungry

'Serving To End World Hunger' event at MRC raises about $17,000
By Ken Waltz | Nov 25, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.

Rockport — In an effort to raise money to help feed the hungry and provide edible goods to those in need, people descended on the Midcoast Recreation Center over the weekend to put a racket or paddle in their hand, step on the court and enjoy a few hours of competing in the sports they love.

Dozens participated in the 14th annual “Serving To End World Hunger” tennis benefit tournament on Saturday, Nov. 23 and its accompanying pickleball tourney, in its first year, on Sunday, Nov. 24, both on the indoor tennis courts.

The combined events raised about $17,000, said Seth Meyer, event director and MRC tennis professional.

Watch videos and see more than 100 photos below.

Proceeds were donated to: Area Interfaith Outreach (AIO) Food Pantry of Rockland, Good Shepherd Food Bank, St. George Community Cupboard and ELCA World Hunger (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America).

The event winners were:

Junior tennis tournament: Flight 1 — Josh Chun of Belfast. Flight 2 —Noah Thackeray of Camden. Flight 3 — Will Meyer of Camden. Flight 4 — Danny Forcillo of Rockport.

Adult tennis tournament: Champions — Dale Martin of Rockland and Karen Brace of Hope. Finalists — Alex Arau of Rockport and Laura Mackay of Searsmont.

The format for the adult tennis tourney was 32-person round robin. There were 14 participants in the junior tennis event, 20 for the Meyer Men Challenge (when players faced Seth and Bruce Meyer in a match) and 40 in the pickleball scramble.

In the pickleball scramble, Kevin Wells of Camden was the men's winner and Gloria Hewett of Montville finished first for women.

This was the first year the event has included pickleball.

“We are so lucky to have such a great community support this event each year," said Seth Meyer. "It has grown from simply an adult tennis tournament to now include a junior tournament and also pickleball. There was a great spirit on the courts all weekend and we look forward to this event every November.”

The junior event players were: 14 and younger — Sam Blystone, Mason Merchant, Danny Forcillo, Isaac Swan, Walter Field, Sasha Boradaenko and Will Meyer. High School — Josh Chun, Coleman Swain, Caitlin Cass, Sandra Thelander, Noah Thackeray and Danilla Boradaenko.

The adult players were: Women — Lesley Arbour, Lana Arau, Lori Bailey, Pam Bardon, Rachel Belanger, Karen Brace, Jane Chatfield, Vicki Cutri, Dale Dorr, Jenny Dunn, Liz Jenkins, Wendy Jordan, Jo Lindsey, Laura MacKay, Allyson Poutasse and Chris Tofani. Men — Alex Arau, Jeff Ball, John Cameron, Mike Clark, Randy Cutri, Bruce Daniels, Jerome Faure, Bob Grant, Jeff Jones, Eric Lee, Dale Martin, Henry Owen, Bud Philbrook, David Renier, Rick Thackeray and Jack Wood.

The pickleball scramble participants included: Women — Lana Arau, Rebecca Ayers, Martha Flint, Marylou Gallup, Billie Gaudette, Gloria Hewett, Karen Higgins, Linda Hurley, Marty Lambert, Carolyn Mayes, Patti Montana, Karen Orhon, Peggy Pike, Sharon Pratt, Cindy Satchfield, Jamie Spooner and Sue Wootton. Men — Alex Arau, Jack Brown, Bill Flint, Robert Guenther, Benjamin Herzog, Sam Higgins, Brooks Hurley, Charles Jagger, Donald Johnson, Thomas Laurent, Bob McDonough, Gordon Miller, Zackary Miller, Jon Mitchell, John Morissette, Tim Payson, Jay Readinger, Dan Reardon, Gilbert Rivera, Lonnie SanAngelo, Kevin Wells and Thomas Wright.

“Ultimately, our goal is simply to use these fun sports and activities as vehicles to help those in need," Seth Meyer said. "The money that is donated each year goes a long way to help with local and global hunger relief.”

"We were grateful for the people who participated in the benefit for the first time, both tennis and pickleball and sense what we were trying to do in addressing hunger issues, locally and globally," said Bruce Meyer.

Tennis tournament at Midcoast Recreation Center
Tennis tournament at Midcoast Recreation Center on Nov. 23 of Rockport. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Pickleball tourney at Midcoast Recreation Center
Pickleball tourney at Midcoast Recreation Center on Nov. 24 in Rockport. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from pickleball tournament on Nov. 24 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from junior tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from adult tennis tournament on Nov. 23 at Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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