photos by Jason Shweiki

Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash

x_tennissmash2The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) and San Diego Aviators held the Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash in late July. Over 150 people attended the charity event, which included dinner, live entertainment by Steven Ybarra, and silent and live auctions. The Pillars of Hope Award was presented to four distinguished honorees in the medical field: Dr. John Crawford, Dr. Sanjay Ghosh, Glenn Frieder, D.C., and Gordon Merkle, L.Ac. San Diego Aviators coach John Lloyd and James Blake were special guests. The event raised $80,000 for MTF’s four programs: medical and home assistance, healing and rehabilitation, conversion mobility van program, and youth leadership.

x_tennissmash3“Hands down one of the most heartfelt, yet incredibly fun, charitable events that we have attended!” said guest Violet Abreo-Frear. “Being a part of and supporting such a beautiful charity was such a blessing.”

MTF works to support families whose children suffer from life-threatening illnesses, diseases, and disorders by providing financial, emotional, and resource support. To learn more visit