They say that the hardest times often lead to our greatest moments, and for Tennis Terranora, we certainly hope that’s true. When the beloved tennis centre was burned to the ground late last year, it left coaches, rising stars and locals heartbroken. Now, in a true testament to the power of community, an unmissable gala event is being held to restore the club to its former glory.
With big names like Pat Rafter and Greg Ritchie on board as a guest speaker and ‘emcee’ respectively, the Tennis Terranora Wimbledon Charity Ball is sure to be an event like no other. Promising all-night entertainment, delicious food and drinks and a great atmosphere, the fundraiser hopes to put a smile back on the faces of everyone affected by the fire.
Lindisfarne Anglican Grammar School, Terranora, have put up their hand to host the event, along with providing catering and entertainment, in honour of their many students – some of them highly-ranked national tennis stars – and community members who called the tennis club their ‘second home’.
“It was absolutely devastating,” says Rob Neinhuis, Tennis Terranora President, of the fire that destroyed the newly-renovated tennis club. “We had put in twelve years of blood, sweat and tears trying to build up the club, and were only able to enjoy the beautiful clubhouse for about two years before it was destroyed. To now be operating out of a shed and port-a-loo’s is pretty upsetting.”
The primary goal of the Charity Ball is to raise the funds required to replace what can’t be covered by insurance alone. But it will also, Rob says, be a great night for the local community and everyone in attendance.
With two-time Grand Slam winner and former number one in World Singles, Pat Rafter, taking to the stage, as well as entertaining performances from the Lindisfarne Ensemble Band, this will certainly be a night to remember.
“Pat will be doing a kind of Q&A session, discussing his career and the future of tennis in Australia, and then will hopefully be staying for a meet and greet,” says Rob.
Guests will also be treated to canapés, a two-course meal and a complimentary Pimm’s on arrival. It’s all happening Saturday, June 30 at 6:30pm. With only 100 or so tickets left, you’ll have to be quick to ensure you secure your place at Terranora’s night of nights. Head to www.trybooking.com to get your tickets.