Tennis clinic and luncheon benefiting Katy Hayes raises $12,500
- Written by Cheryl "CJ" Johnson
Another fundraiser benefiting the Katy Hayes fund has turned out to be a smashing success. A tennis clinic held by local pros Joe Snailum, Jay Berry and Fernando Mateu, along with staff pros Lee Wright, Keith Dollar, Jason Reid, Kirk Keller, Teddy diBlasi, Matt Stolt and Johnna Thompson from Kingwood Country Club, boasted more than 70 participants Thursday. After the tennis clinic, more than 100 people were signed up for the luncheon and silent auction held in the clubhouse at the Kingwood Country Club. Former top 10, world-ranked tennis players Cliff and Nancy Richey were featured guests at the event, and Cliff Richey gave the keynote speech. Cliff also authored a book, “Acing Depression-A Tennis Champion’s Toughest Match,” which chronicles his life-long battle with clinical depression. Originally, he was in town to promote his book and give proceeds from it to the Mental Health Association, but when he heard about Katy Hayes’ plight, he decided to give all proceeds from his book to her fund. Richey autographed copies of his book for participants after the luncheon. “Adversity causes some to break, and others to break records,” said Randy Mattingly, the tennis director for the Kingwood Country Club who was instrumental in helping to put the event together, along with Tanya Robinson, a good friend of the Hayes family. Katy Hayes is a young local mother who, a week after giving birth to daughter Arielle, contracted a deadly Strep A infection which has resulted in over two months of hospitalization, the loss of all four limbs which were removed due to dead and infected tissue, and the removal of several of her organs, among other issues. Katy and her husband, Al, are self-employed and have no medical insurance; so there have been many fundraisers to help the family with their mounting medical costs. Photos: (Top) More than 70 people participated in the tennis clinic fundraiser, “Courtside for Katy,” held at Kingwood Country Club April 22. (Bottom) Coordinators of the event Randy Mattingley, tennis director for the Kingwood Country Club; Tanya Robinson, friend of the Hayes;’ Michele Dykstra, also a friend of the Hayes’, holding baby Arielle whom she has been caring for since Katy’s hospitalization; and Mike Feilds, the GM for the Kingwood Country Club.