Festive Christmas luncheon at the Westin

The Westin at Bridge Street was the setting for the Annual HWTA Holiday Luncheon on December 2nd. It provided a wonderful venue for our tennis family to celebrate the holiday season. Cathy Myrick opened the event with the invocation followed by a warm welcome from Karen Morris, President. The attentive staff at the Westin served pecan encrusted chicken or portabella stack, with a fruit tart for dessert. Tables were decorated with glass vases filled with ornaments and snowflake party favors for the 150 guests that attended. Sue Chatham did her digital magic with the name tags and table numbers that used Caroline Wang’s donated artwork. Thank you, ladies! A stream of door prizes that included tennis bags, Bridge Street Gift Certificates and a night at the Westin were given away throughout the event. A big “thank you” goes to all of the teams that provided these prizes, as well as Betsy DeCelle and Brenda Dawkins for organizing. Cindy Younger shared her hilarious thoughts on being one of the “Real Housewives of HWTA.” Also, we need to recognize Topspin Tennis for the lovely fashion show using the Bob Jones High School Girls’ Tennis Team. Melissa Laughlin coordinated with the Marines for our Toys for Tots donations. The ladies of HWTA were able to send over 150 toys to kids in the Tennessee Valley – thanks again for your continued generosity. One of the many highlights was recognizing Jeff Burns for his 15 years of service to USTA in Huntsville. Pam Deerman did a lovely presentation of pictures from the old tennis center and present day HTC that included several ladies in both photos! We were so glad that he and Jerrie were able to attend and share this with the members of HWTA. The officers for 2014 were inducted and presented with serving trays to thank them for “stepping up to the baseline to serve!” The event ended with a group picture to be used in the much-anticipated HWTA Cookbook that will be available in July. Thanks again to the Holiday Luncheon Committee that included Sally Warden, Jody Bowhay, Betsy DeCelle, Brenda Dawkins, Cindy Younger and Melissa Laughlin. We are already looking forward to and planning for next year! Submitted by Sonja Griffith

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