PIONEER dAYS 1999 

16th Annual Police Benefit Tennis Tournament
Friday, Oct. 1

I did not attend this event, and so I have no pictures.

Above 1889 photo of Sierra Madre's first Tennis Club was provided by the Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society

The 16th Annual Louise Corp Memorial Police Benefit Tennis Tournament took place Friday, Oct. 1st. from 8:30 to 12 noon, with lunch served immediately afterwards.  Play was round-robin doubles on both public and private courts.  Cost for tennis and lunch was $30, lunch only was $15.  Non-tennis players were encouraged to come by the recreation center at 611 E. Sierra Madre for the delicious catered lunch.

Proceeds from past tournaments have purchased safety cages in patrol cars, bullet proof vests, disaster equipment, more police phones, and paid for community crime prevention programs and more.  Police Chief King Davis has earmarked proceeds from this year's tournament to purchase needed safety equipment for police reserves and to fund outreach programs in local schools, more important than ever in the wake of the tragedy at Columbine.

The tournament was founded in 1983 by the late Louise Corp, an avid tennis player and community volunteer.  When her husband Charles was mayor of Sierra Madre, she learned of important police department needs that the City was unable to include in its operating budget.  She began the tournament as a way to meet those needs.  Since her death in 1991, the tournaments have continued in her memory.  Charles serves as honorary chairman, and Corp family members are always in attendance.   This year's tournament fell on what would have been Charles and Louise' 56th wedding anniversary.  Be sure to make your plans to attend next year.  
 

Pioneer Days Logo Art Copyright Aimee Dozois, 1997, Sierra Madre, CA
 

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