Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Tennis tournament raises $20K for nonprofit supporting domestic violence victims

Raise a Raquet’s second annual tennis tournament was held at the Holly Tree Racquet and Swim Club March 3-5. (Courtesy/Rachel Knowles)

WILMINGTON — The second annual tennis tournament raising awareness of and funding for domestic violence has surpassed its inaugural efforts.

The 2nd Annual Raise a Raquet Against Domestic Violence, launched by the daughter of a domestic violence victim and in partnership with Holly Tree Racquet and Swim Club and Greater Wilmington Area Tennis Association, took in more than $20,500. Proceeds go toward Domestic Violence Shelter and Services Inc. Last year’s event raised around $17,000 for the cause.

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In addition to the money raised from the event, community members contributed hundreds of dollars’ worth of item donations to the shelter from its needs list.

The tennis tournament is held annually in memory and honor of MaryAnn Breault, who was shot and killed December 7, 2021, in an act of domestic violence. Her daughter, Rachel Knowles helped initiate and organize the event.

This year’s tournament took place March 3 to 5 at the site of Breault’s death, the Holly Tree Racquet and Swim Club on Holly Tree Road.

Not only did the fundraiser take in more donations but it also saw a 15% increase in participation. This year, more than 230 players attended, up from around 200 last year.

Participants and attendees donned purple in support of domestic violence awareness and competed in co-ed teams. Eligible league winners will advance to the National Qualifier.

To date, Breault’s story has contributed nearly $50,000 to national and local organizations on the frontline of domestic violence prevention and victim support.

(Courtesy/Rachel Knowles)

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