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Doubles players have a chance to aid clinic

Test your doubles skills this weekend at the Westin Innisbrook Resort and benefit the Good Samaritan Health Clinic in Pasco County.

Registration is available through Wednesday for the fifth annual Pasco County Medical Society Alliance Tennis Classic. Last year, the competition raised nearly $25,000 for the non-profit clinic.

Working with co-chairs Melanie Nyman and Melissa Payne-Fahy to coordinate the event are veteran volunteers Lynn Goldman, Judy Murphy, Margaret Ayub, Joell Keim, Mercedes Ubillus, Shirley Miller, Lori McDowell, Vee Dayton, Karen Buck, Madeline Cafaro and Barbara Holton. T.J. Meachum, Vicky Zikorski and Angela Johnson are first-year volunteers.

"The clinic has answered a real need in Pasco County," said Holton, who became the executive director of the Good Samaritan Health Clinic 21 months ago. "Last year we helped 2,100 people. We count on donations and grants for financial support and rely almost exclusively on volunteers for services. We average 710 hours a month of volunteer time."

The free clinic was the brainchild of cardiologist Dr. John Dormois, who opened it in 1990 to provide medical care for local needy people who do not qualify for either Medicare or Medicaid, or have no insurance. When Holton heard of Dormois and the clinic, she became a volunteer.

"The idea of the free clinic just snowballed. Many people have no idea how much the doctors in this area contribute to the clinic," said Holton. "At some point, over 30 doctors see people in the clinic and more than 40 see them in their office pro bono."

Richard Webb, longtime teaching professional in the area, is directing the tennis competition. Three divisions in each doubles format are offered, with the winners and finalists receiving awards. All players receive a commemorative T-shirt. Sixteen-year USTA official Robert Fastiggi of Port Richey is the tournament official.

To register for the tournament or to support the clinic, call 869-7341 by Wednesday.

JUNIOR DOUBLES: Wesley Chapel's Chris and Shane Kampanat won the boys 18 doubles in three sets, as did Marty Fish and Martin Fritz the boys 16 in last month's Designated Doubles Bowl at the Cheval Country Club in Lutz. Stacia Fouseca of Lutz teamed with Tampa's Rebecca Edwards to win the girls 12 title.

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