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From left, Jennifer Hamilton, a social worker with the Vanderbilt Childrenís Hospital Child Development Center accepts a check for $50,750 from country artist Martina McBride and Phran Galante, chair of the Music City Tennis Invitational Tournament. The check represents the amount raised during last yearís tournament. This yearís tournament will be May 5 and 6 at the Vanderbilt Tennis Center. (photo by Dana Johnson)

Music City Tennis Tournament set for May 5, 6

BY: JERRY JONES

3/30/2001 - Country artist Martina McBride helped present a $50,750 check to the Child Development Center at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital last week. The money was raised from the annual Music City Tennis Invitational Tournament.

McBride, the celebrity spokesperson for the tournament, praised the work at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and the Child Development Center (CDC).

“I can’t think of a better cause to be supporting,” McBride said. “I’m happy to present this check on behalf of the Music City Invitational Tournament to the Vanderbilt Child Development Center. We appreciate all the great work the CDC does for our community.”

The Vanderbilt CDC is a significant community resource for children with a wide range of learning difficulties, autism, mental retardation, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders.

This is the 28th year for the tennis tournament. It is the longest-running, music-related tennis tournament in the country.

Held at Vanderbilt, matches begin at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 5. Sunday matches begin at 9 a.m., with the awards presentation immediately following final playoffs. A kid’s carnival will be held on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“This is a family affair and we want to encourage all the players to bring their kids,” said tournament chair Phran Galante.

For more information and registration, visit their Web site at www.musiccitytennis.com.

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