York, PA (October 7, 2022) – The Country Club of York today announced the results of their fund-raising efforts from the 8th Annual Groft Charity Classic Mixed Doubles tennis tournament presented by UPMC Health Plan. The tournament was held July 16-17, 2022, and a record amount of $99,000 was raised in support of the York Opioid Collaborative, whose mission is to coordinate and create collaborations that raise awareness and advocate for support to collectively implement solutions and programs for substance use disorders.
“The outstanding results of this year’s event is a tribute to all the sponsors, members and staff of the Country Club of York and last but not least, the players that exhibited their special talents. We are extremely thankful for the tremendous work in our community by the York Opioid Collaborative, the sole beneficiary of the $99,000 donation,” said Mike Groft, GCC Fundraising Chairperson.
The tournament, now in its 8th year, continued the tradition of providing high-quality competition, but with a slightly new look. This year’s tournament highlighted a new name, The Groft Charity Classic, and introduced players, spectators, and sponsors to a fresh new look to the tournament with an updated logo, website, social media content and more. Tonja Wheeler, as chairperson of the GCC, and her committee were instrumental to the success of this year’s event.
The tournament featured 15 mixed doubles teams, including collegiate and nationally known players, and was live-streamed both days to allow fans from all over to view remotely. We had a new team claiming the title, with first time tournament players Guillermo Nunez and Gabriella DeSanits, defeating defending champion Holden Koons and his new partner, Aubrey Nisbet.
“The York Opioid Collaborative is eternally grateful to the County Club of York, tennis participants, and its generous sponsors and individual donors. Their incredible support will allow us to raise awareness, advocate for support, implement solutions and programs for substance use disorders and most importantly, save lives,” said Kyle King, York Opioid Collaborative Board Chair.
UPMC Health Plan continues its commitment to members and communities struggling with opioid use disorders by employing holistic care strategies, providing access to behavioral health care and evidence-based treatment, and supporting community organizations.
The 9th Annual Mixed Doubles Charity Classic will be held mid-July 2023.