Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament committee members are gearing up for the 24th annual event to raise funds for SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc., a non-profit organization celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
Founded in 1974, SERV (Social, Educational, Residential and Vocational) provides residential and support services for individuals throughout New Jersey with severe and persistent mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities.
The daylong event is scheduled for June 16 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman. It will feature a six-division doubles tournament followed by an evening reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner, open bar, live entertainment, silent auction, Super 50/50 Cash Raffle drawing, player awards, and the recognition of two honorees.
Volley For SERV Chairman Ted Golfinopoulos has announced that the two honorees for the evening will be Ivan Punchatz, Esq. and Gwen Guidice.
Mr. Punchatz will receive The 3rd Annual SERVice Award in appreciation for his 25 years of dedication and leadership as a board member at SERV. An attorney with Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney, PC in Princeton, practicing health care law, Mr. Punchatz is a member of the Board of Directors of SERV Behavioral Health System, Inc. and SERV Properties & Management, Inc. He was past chairman of these boards and the SERV Centers of N.J. board. A resident of Yardley, Pa., Mr. Punchatz also is on the board of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce (PRCC).
Ms. Guidice will be presented with the 4th annual Lou Natale Jr. Players Award, which acknowledges a tennis player for continual support of SERV through participation in and sponsorship of Volley For SERV. Ms. Guidice has played in the Doubles A Division at Volley For SERV for many years and is the reigning team champion, along with Louise Gengler-Thomas, for the last three years. A resident of Hillsborough, Ms. Guidice is Executive Director of Princeton Tennis Program in Princeton Junction, a nonprofit organization that has been providing opportunities for personal achievement through tennis since 1954. She is vice president of junior activities for the United States Tennis Association NJ District and is a member of PRCC.
Both honorees will be feted during the evening reception at the Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament.
Net profits from Volley For SERV will benefit special programs of the SERV Foundation, including the Scholarship Fund for consumers and the annual "Recovery NJ"1 health-and-wellness event for consumers and their families.
The cost for an individual VFS player is $195, which includes the tournament, a VFS shirt, courtside lunch, a commemorative team photo and the evening dinner reception with open bar. Reception-only tickets are $90.