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Pam Copeland - President

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Laura Roberson - Treasurer 

Craig Cannon

Michele Duffy

Nicole Millsaps

Nneka Nwakoby

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OTA’s Lucky Charms

Last month the Ocala Tennis Association sponsored and hosted a long overdue social for its adult members. 50 participants gathered together March 13th for a Saint Patrick’s Day green ball mixer at the Fort King Tennis Center.  Beautifully organized by Nicole Millsaps, Michele Duffy, Laura Roberson, Ebony Evans-Molock, and Pam Copeland, players enjoyed a fun play format along with food, a live 50/50 raffle, and a DJ pumping out tunes - thanks Dwayne! Participants were invited to bring their own drinks. The event was free to all OTA members and 13 non-members simply paid $10 and automatically became members. CDC and USTA safety guidelines were in place as evident by the already assembled and packaged meals, and treats in leprechaun hats, the socially distanced tables and sitting areas. Eight players sat out from play to minimize gathering at any one time. A fast paced “Upriver/Downriver” format was used:  Rotating every 13 minutes, the losers moved and split while the winners stayed and split.  OTA Sponsors were recognized with yard signs featuring their names and businesses placed all around the facility. Michele and Todd Duffy and Wanda Simpson posed by their respective signs with our thanks for their generous sponsorship. A rainbow of balloons culminating in a pot of gold adorned the grounds and many players came dressed in their lucky Irish greens. A hit with the players were the specially designed cookies, and the requisite mini boxes of Lucky Charms. Each participant received a St. Paddy’s Day necklace, while four lucky players won door prizes.  Rhonda Sangster won the 50/50 raffle and promptly donated her winnings to the Ocala Tennis Association. The OTA recognizes and appreciates her generous spirit! The evening came to a close with about 20 ladies dancing the cupid shuffle. What fun, and we suspect everyone was charmed with the event and enjoyed themselves. Stay tuned for the next OTA Adult Social!

Article written by Marianne Marcoux and Nicole Millsaps

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