The 26th Annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament, held June 15 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, was a successful benefit for The SERV Foundation, raising a net profit of $45,500. These funds will support The SERV Foundation’s Scholarship Fund and the annual Wellness & Development Conference for SERV’s clients.
The SERV Foundation is the fundraising arm of SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc., which provides residential and support services for adults and youth with mental illness and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities in 10 counties around the state.
Eighty-four tennis players, predominantly from the Mercer County area, played in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed A & B divisions. Because of the large number of players, the Women’s and Mixed divisions played at Cherry Valley, the Men’s B division played a few miles away at Bedens Brook Club, and the Men’s A division played at Princeton Community Park.
The following are the 2016 Champions and Finalists, who received awards during the reception from VFS Committee Chairperson Ted Golfinopoulos:
Women’s A: Champions Gwen Guidice and Louise Gengler-Thomas; Finalists Kimberly Vine and Kei Imamishi. Women’s B: Champions Michele Kiszely and Dawn Snider; Finalists Ann LoPrinzi and Robin Wolfe. Men’s A: Champions Gino Carolsella and David Przystasz;Finalists Will DiPietro and Andrew Lieu. Men’s B: Champions Rich Anderson and Joe Punia; Finalists Tom Caruso and Hai Nguyen. Mixed A: Champions Ginny Mason and Rob Howland; Finalists Kimberly Vine and Dan Khoo. Mixed B: Champions Sena Hill and Barry Szaferman; Finalists Donna and Mark Nagel.
Following the finals, four top-ranking junior tennis players performed an exciting exhibition match for guests prior to the evening reception. All of the teens are coached by Glenn Michibata, Princeton Tennis Program’s Director of Elite Training and former ATP Pro and 3-time All American.
The players included: Christina Rosca, a senior at Princeton High School, who has a national ranking of 35 in Girls 18;Matthew Michibata, a student at West Windsor-Plainsboro H.S. South who is ranked #14 in Boys16 Middle States; Lex Decker, a sophomore at Princeton Day School who is in the top 30 in Boys 16 Middle States; and Alex Yang, a student at West Windsor-Plainsboro H.S. South who is ranked #38 in Boys 16 Middle States.
During Volley For SERV’s evening reception, Gary van Nostrand was honored with the SERVice Award in appreciation for his 15 years as President and CEO of SERV and for his contributions to all of the boards of SERV. Mr. Van Nostrand is retiring in August.
Also honored during the reception was Kimberly Vine of Princeton, who received the 6th Annual Lou Natale Jr. Players Award for her longtime participation in and sponsorship of Volley For SERV.
At the evening’s conclusion, the much anticipated drawing for the Super 50/50 Cash Raffle took place. Rachel Ticktin of Barnegat won the 1st prize of $6,660 (40% of total raised). Second-prize winner was Fay McKenzie of Bordentown, who won $1,665 (10%).