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The first event of the Fundación MIR Family Weekend for Life got off to a warm start early on Saturday morning the 11th of August 2012, with the many tennis players and their families gathering at the La Terraza tennis club in Casa de Campo, all eager to take part in the tennis tournament being held in support of a great cause.
The tennis tournament was part of the annual Fundación MIR Family Weekend for Life event, celebrated this past Saturday the 11th of August 2012 which also included a golf tournament, as well as a dinner-dance gala on Minitas Beach. For a full overview of this wonderful philanthropic event, click here!
Fearsome female “tenistas”: Ana, Mary, Sofia & Lyanne
The tournament, hosted by the Fundación MIR was co-ordinated by Emilio Vasquez, Casa de Campo Director of Tennis and was played in a round robin format in 3 categories: men, women and youth. A tennis clinic for the younger children also took place.
Amongst the many Casa de Campo villa owners and visitors taking part in the tournament was Aleco Azqueta (crowned the mens champion), who with Ron Atlantico was when of the events sponsors (later we all enjoyed some great mojitos).
Also competing was Lyanne Azqueta, Executive Director of the Fundación MIR, a passionate and enthusiastic driving force behind the development and growth of not only the Fundación MIR Family Weekend for Life event, but also the Fundación MIR – who is currently helping more children in it’s 3 schools than ever before.
“The MIR tennis tournament is one of my favorite events in Casa de Campo. It gives recreational tennis players such as myself the chance to compete in a very relaxed atmosphere, and offers us the opportunity to get to know other tennis players from all over the world.
I support the Mir because it’s roots are fundamentally planted in educating the youth of La Romana which is essential in order to achieve success.”
— Ana Grande,
owner of Cabana fashion boutique at La Romana Country Club
Battling it out at the La Terraza, Casa de Campo
And so at the end of a heated morning, the champions and sub-champions of the tennis tournament were decided – but had to wait until the dinner-dance celebrated later that night at Minitas Beach to be awarded their trophies. The winners of the 2012 Fundación MIR Family Weekend for Life tennis tournament are as follows:
2012 Fundación MIR Family Weekend for Life Tennis Winners!
Champions: Juan Jose Arteaga & Charlie Grande
Sub-champions: Antonio Natalucci & Mareclo Arteaga
Champions: Mary Ginebra & Sofia Renedo
Sub-champions: Natalia Renedo & Ana Grande
Champions: Alberto Jimenez & Aleco Azqueta
Sub-champions: Diego Renedo & July Seliman
The following photos were taken during the 2012 Fundación MIR Family Weekend for Life tennis tournament at the La Terraza tennis club in Casa de Campo:
The Fundación MIR is a non-profit organization which works to provide education to the children of the greater La Romana area, who are most in need. They run 3 schools; the MIR Esperanza (boys vocational school), the Escuela Tecnica Vocacional Fundación MIR (girls vocational school) and the Primaria MIR (infants school).