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Prize Money Totals $25,000 in USTA Event benefiting Childhelp Merv Griffin Village

Some of the world's top women's professional tennis players will be in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Feb. 2-8 for the Childhelp Desert Classic women's tennis tournament benefiting Childhelp Merv Griffin Village in Beaumont, Calif.
    PALM DESERT, CA, January 26, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Mission Hills Country Club will play host to the Childhelp Desert Classic women's tennis tournament benefiting Childhelp Merv Griffin Village in Beaumont, Calif. The tournament was announced by co-chairs Jackie Cooper and Lornie Kuhle and will be held at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage Feb. 2-8. It is a United States Tennis Association sanctioned women's Pro Circuit event with prize money totaling $25,000.

"As one of only two professional tennis events in the Coachella Valley, this will give women's tennis tremendous visibility as we bring together 96 of the best up and coming female players from all over the world," Kuhle said.

The Childhelp Desert Classic will attract players ranked in the top 100, some of who are previous competitors at the U.S. Open. The qualifying tournament, taking place Jan. 31-Feb. 1, will determine the final four singles players in the field. A "Childhelp Opportunity Tournament," which will provide the winner with a slot in the tournament will be held the Jan. 24- 25 at the Palm Desert Resort & Country Club. CIF-Southern Section girls' tennis champion, Pam Montez of La Quinta High School, is scheduled to appear in the Opportunity Tournament.

"This is an event the whole tennis community can be proud of supporting" Cooper said. .Kuhle and Cooper were both long time tennis friends of Merv Griffin which gave the idea for the event.

"Merv always talked to me about doing a tennis event for Childhelp," Kuhle said "Merv had a personal history deep into tennis. Merv's father was a tennis pro and Merv's uncle, Clarence Griffin, is a member of the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. Merv would be proud of this event."

Childhelp Merv Griffin Village provides a home for 80-100 children that have been severely abused or abandoned by their parents. Several of the participants in the event will be visiting the facility and conducting a tennis clinic for the children.

Admission to the Desert Classic is free.

For information on contributions to Childhelp email to EKuhle@aol.com.


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