“Last year, we raised over $18,000 and we expect to surpass that amount this year,” said tournament founder Rebecca Winchell. Winchell survived a potentially deadly brain hemorrhage as a result of an aneurysm in 2009 and formed Brain Support Nola, a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit, see: brainsupportnola.com, to facilitate support for local aneurysm awareness.
Past proceeds have funded an informative brochure for aneurysm survivors and have also been donated to the LSU Department of Neurosurgery and other brain aneurysm support initiatives.
The tournament was a round robin format as well as a silent auction and good deals on gently-used tennis attire.
4.0+ Division Kelli Baumann 1st Kelly Derbes 2nd Stephanie Mueller 3rd and Kaki Wells 4th
3.5 Division Kaci Woodall 1st Tran Black 2nd Lynette Blossman 3rd and Mary Toce 4th
3.0 Division Heather Jones 1st Patty Zipp 2nd Stacey Monaghan 3rd and Tina Doherty 4th
2.5 Division Becky Huval 1st Lori Rase 2nd Shannon Enk 3rd and Marianne King 4th
Local residents Virginia Painter and Aixa Serpas, two recent survivors of ruptured aneurysms, were on hand to support the tournament and share their stories in hopes of educating others. Both are lucky to have survived without any serious residual effects. Ms. Painter works as an emergency room nurse has frequently emphasized the need for people to call 911 if they ever suffer what feels like the worst headache of their life. Ms. Serpas, 75, was rushed by helicopter from the North Shore and is lucky to be alive today.