York, PA (October 2, 2020) – The Country Club of York today announced the results of their fund-raising efforts from the 6th Annual UPMC Health Plan Mixed Doubles Charity Classic tennis tournament, held July 18-19, 2020. A record amount of $76,000 was raised in support of the York Opioid Collaborative, whose mission is to reduce overdose deaths and to minimize the impact of the opioid epidemic in the York community.
“This amount surpassed not only our goal, but all expectations given the limitations and reduced scale of the event this year. We are so happy to be able to provide this support to our community,” said Mike Groff of CCY.
The tournament, now in its 6th year, continued the tradition of providing high-quality competition, though it did look slightly different this summer due to the pandemic. Players and spectators were required to maintain social distancing and masks were worn by all except those actively playing.
The tournament featured 16 mixed doubles teams, including collegiate and nationally known players, and was livestreamed to allow fans to attend remotely. Defending champions Holden Koons of York, who plays for James Madison University, and the University of North Carolina’s Elizabeth Scotty of Annapolis, Maryland retained their title, defeating Eva Frissora and Sanam Singh.
“As the world has been focused on the COVID 19 global pandemic, the opioid epidemic the United States has continued in our communities and even gotten worse. From March through August, York County saw an increase of 53% in deaths attributed to substance use disorder, with 138 lives lost year-to-date in 2020,” said David Sunday, York County District Attorney and York Opioid Collaborative Board Member. “Our mission is more crucial than ever. The funds raised will help the York Opioid Collaborative continue to prevent substance abuse and to provide our community the resources and strategies necessary to deal with its effects.”
Brittany Shutz, Executive Director of York Opioid Collaborative, said “We are so fortunate that this tournament was able to be held and we thank our sponsors – UPMC Health Plan and all of the other businesses and individuals who contributed – for helping us to continue our work. Thanks also to the Country Club of York for hosting and making this event a reality.”
UPMC Health Plan continues its commitment to members and communities struggling with opioid use disorder by employing holistic care strategies, providing access to behavioral health care and evidence-based treatment, and supporting community organizations.
The 7th Annual Mixed Doubles Charity Classic will be held in the Summer of 2021.
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