Tennis players and volunteers are gearing up for the 27th Annual Volley For SERV Tennis Tournament, a time-honored event benefiting SERV Behavioral Health System programs for special-needs consumers.
Ted Golfinopoulos, chairman of the Volley For SERV Committee, has announced this year’s honorees who will be feted during the dinner reception after the tournament. SERV board member Dr. Paul Lehrer, a resident of Kendall Park and a professor of psychiatry at Rutgers University-RWJ Medical School, will receive the SERVice Award in appreciation for his 43 years of commitment to the mission of SERV. Constantine Larigakis of Delran will receive the 7th Annual Lou Natale Jr. Players Award for the many years he has participated as a player at Volley For SERV and for his additional support of this event.
Volley For SERV, which takes place June 14 at Cherry Valley Country Club in Skillman, is a daylong event featuring a six-division doubles tennis tournament followed by a reception with dinner, live music, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, player awards, and recognition of the two honorees.
Net profits from this fundraiser will benefit programs of the SERV Foundation, including the Scholarship Fund for SERV consumers (clients) who wish to further their education but have little means to do so, and the annual SERV Wellness & Development Conference, a health-and-wellness educational gathering for consumers and their family members.
Volley For SERV Committee members include SERV board members Rich Anderson, Ted Golfinopoulos and Andre Caldini; tennis players Ben Branche, Tony Coventry, Gwen Guidice, Donna Nagel, Deb Osgood, Beth Silverman-Bauman, Charles Villano Jr. and Rick White; and staff members Ida Doolan, Majken Mechling and CEO Regina Widdows.
The cost for an individual VFS player is $210 or $400 for a team, which includes the tournament, courtside lunch, VFS tennis shirt, a commemorative team photo, giveaways, and the dinner reception. Reception-only tickets are $105 each.
Founded in 1974, SERV (Social, Educational, Residential and Vocational) provides residential and support services to more than 1,400 adults and youth with mental illness and/or intellectual disabilities in 10 counties in New Jersey.