AROUND TOWN: Pinks vs. Whites Rally for the Cure in Broadmoor tennis

July 26, 2013 Updated: July 29, 2013 at 12:41 pm
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Karen Brandner, right, Director of Tennis at The Broadmoor, talks with her volunteers, from left, Celeste Marren Blakely, Casey Wetzig and Katie Dunbar. Photo by Linda Navarro, The Gazette 060713

Some cities have golf rallies, some rally around social events.

Leave it to Karen Brandner, The Broadmoor's director of tennis, and her volunteer Susan G. Komen Ambassadors to repeatedly pull off the largest tennis Rally for the Cure in the country. It's 96 strong, all playing toward the early detection of breast cancer.

The fifth annual Rally for the Cure Tennis Weekend, June 7-8 at The Broadmoor, weathered rain downpours but had strong tennis action, a fashion show luncheon and a grand slam finale cocktail party, a tennis exhibition and an auction with goodies like President's Box tickets at the U.S. Open.

The competition was Pinks vs. White, team round-robin with partners changed every round. All games counted toward team totals and the day ended with a mixed doubles tournament and cocktails.

The ever-fit Kathy Smith walked guests through both common sense steps and exciting new ways to get in shape. For instance, lose the midriff bulge with just a shift in posture. And make sure to do sit-ups properly.

Nancy Saltzman shared with a new audience the story of multiple life tragedies on her way to becoming, as in the title of her book, a "Radical Survivor."

Maura Houston's "Survivor's Story" had an unexpected twist. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, she had spent months determined that "cancer kicked the wrong person. I was anxious to kick it to the curb." Just in case, she had written her own obituary and attached a glamour photo she liked. This Rally for the Cure was to have been her comeback but she wasn't ready to play yet, she admitted. Next time.

Celebrating the rally, part of nationwide events that have raised more than $70 million through event fees, donations, auctions and parties, were co-chairs Glenn Montgomery and Donna Cagle and their committee Richard Beard, Linda Catlin, Katie Dunbar, Christopher Ellis, Trista Fredell, Andrea Inhoffer, Adrianne Lesko, Amy McCarthy, Emilie Simon, fashion show coordinator Leslie Taylor and Casey Wetzig. Salutes went to The Broadmoor's employee team led by Cindy Johnson and tournament court attendants from the Liberty High School Girls Tennis Team.

Last year's rallies gave out $58 million in research grants, funded more than 540,000 breast screenings, paid for programs assisting over 104,000 women and men and educated more than 4.8 million about breast cancer.

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