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Benefits planned for women's shelter

(ran East, South, Beach)

Last year, CASA of St. Petersburg sheltered 800 battered women and their children, served 27,000 meals and took some 15,000 phone calls.

Now the group needs help paying its bills.

"The need for funding is critical because it's a crime that's not going away," development coordinator Renee McInnis said.

To raise money for the organization, CASA is holding its second annual Sportstacular. Registration for the events is requested by Friday.

They are:

A black-tie optional dinner at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on April 4. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:30 p.m. The evening includes dancing, live entertainment and an auction. Tickets are $75 for individuals and $1,000 for a table of 10.

A mixed doubles tennis tournament April 5 at Treasure Island Tennis and Yacht Club, 400 Treasure Island Causeway. Sign-in is at noon, and play begins at 1 p.m. The cost is $50 per team or $200 for a court sponsorship.

A basketball 3-on-3 tournament April 5 and 6 at Ferg's Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave. Anyone 10 and older can play. Divisions are planned for all skill levels. The cost is $80 per team (three players and an alternate).

A golf tournament at 1 p.m. April 7 at Bayou Country Club, 7979 Bayou Blvd. in Largo. Players can register as individuals or four-person teams. The cost is $165 per person or $660 per four-member team. Other packages are available.

"It's a fun-filled weekend for a good cause," McInnis said.

Last year's event raised almost $35,000, and this year's goal is $50,000.

"This is teamwork at its best," McInnis said. "Survivors of domestic violence and their children are the real winners."

Call CASA at 895-4912 to register for any of the events.

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