The countdown is on to the 14th annual Delta Cotton Belles Ladies’ Day Tennis Tournament.
This year’s event, set for Saturday, Oct. 23, is Delta Cotton Belles’s biggest fundraiser, with money raised going toward the organization’s mission of breast health.
Tennis will be played at the Greenville Golf & Country Club beginning at 8 a.m. Same-day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The non-refundable $60 fee includes tennis, lunch and a wine & cheese gathering to conclude an ideal day.
“We are so grateful for the sponsors, tennis players, and volunteers who really make this day a success. Each year, the tennis committee comments how fortunate we are to live in an area that is so supportive of our cause,” Debbie Harris, tennis tournament chair, said.
Aside from tennis, the day will feature a drive-thru Survivor’s Luncheon, Wine & Cheese hour, Pink Tribute Bags and several raffles.
“Instead of the ‘Proud to be Pink Survivor Luncheon’ that we usually have and because of the COVID-19 mandated restrictions, we have decided to host our ladies outside with a ‘Drive Thru Boxed Lunch Celebration’ from 11:30 to 12:30 on the day of the tournament,” said Survivor Relations Chairman Angela Phillips. “We are so thankful to have this special day to celebrate these ladies who are our clients and honored guests. We look forward to the time when we can gather and sit together again but are still grateful for a chance to see and celebrate these ladies as they drive thru to pick up their delicious lunches.”
Like previous years, DCB is offering three different raffle packages:
Dining in the Delta
“We are in the process of collecting gift certificate donations from Delta dining establishments. A few on the list so far are Doe’s, Signa’s, The Vine Bistro in Greenwood, Kay’s Kute Fruit, Grounded Sister, The Pantry, Chillie’s Package Store, Sherman’s @ South Main, Downtown Grille, Downtown Butcher and Mercantile, Vito’s and Scoops. But there will be several more coming,” Harris said in mid-September.
Designs of the Delta
“Greenwood artist Shawn Hodges is donating a piece of her original art. I haven’t seen it yet, but her work is absolutely beautiful, so I am excited to see what she chooses for this raffle,” Harris said. “This raffle package will also include a Peter’s Pottery item among several other donations from Delta companies, such as Cumbaa Design Co., Mississippi Gift Company, Lagniappe, Tim Zepponi Farms, The Country Gentleman and Peter Sherman. By the tournament, I know this package will include several other donated pieces, too.”
The Alluvian Spa Membership Program
“I am so excited about this raffle. This package was donated by several anonymous donors on top of a discount from The Alluvian Spa. I know whoever wins this raffle will be thrilled,” Harris said, adding it includes a six-month membership, one 60-minute customer massage or deep south cleanse facial to be redeemed monthly and more.
Raffle tickets cost $5 each or $25 for six, and Tribute Bags, which can be purchased in honor of a breast cancer survivor or in memoriam of someone who lost their battle with the disease, cost $10. Both are available for purchase at the Delta Cotton Belles’s office, which is located inside the Community Counseling Center, 250 S Shelby St., or from Harris, who can be reached at 662-428-0813.
“The raffles are a yearly portion of the day with beautiful pieces of art and awesome items being raffled to enhance the fundraising,” Harris said. “We are grateful to all the donors who make this a success.”
All proceeds from the DCB tennis tournament will be used to assist women and men in 11 Delta counties who are in need of support through education, early detection and clinical services. Funding also helps the nonprofit sustain its programs, including its Pink Promise, which provides free mammograms to the working uninsured and underinsured; Wrapped in Pink, which focuses on providing services for individuals who have been diagnosed with breast cancer; Pink Check Up, which offers clinical breast exams performed by physicians and nurse practitioners free of charge; and Thrivers Support Group, which meets to encourage all survivors to live each day to the fullest and share their journey with others.
To register for the Ladies’ Tennis Day, call the Greenville Golf & Country Club Tennis Pro Shop at 662-332-7201. For more information on Delta Cotton Belles and/or the tennis tournament, visit the Delta Cotton Belles on Facebook.
“This tennis tournament would not be as successful as it is each year without all the volunteers, especially Jamie and Marla Bell and Pam Eifling,” Missy Stephens, DCB president, said. “Our board cannot thank them enough for their dedication to the tennis portion of the day as well as to Delta Cotton Belles.”