Local charities net $385,000 from W&S tennis tournament

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Michael Fisher, CEO of Cincinnati Children’s, and Elaine Bruening, CEO of the Western & Southern Open.

The 2015 Western & Southern Open netted $385,000 for local charities, bringing the total over more than four decades to $10 million.

During a luncheon held at Cincinnati Children’s new “T” Building, the tournament presented a $200,000 donation to the hospital. This year’s gift to Cincinnati Children’s brought the total from the tournament to $8.3 million.

Since 1987, donated funds have been appropriated for the Cancer Survivor Clinic within Children’s Hospital. Each year, players from the ATP World Tour and WTA visit the hospital to interact with patients, including Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker, James Blake, the Bryan Brothers and Petra Kvitova.

Barrett Cancer Center at the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute received a donation of $150,000, bringing the lifetime total for the center to $903,500, since 2004. Western & Southern Financial Group chairman, president and CEO John Barrett and UC Cancer Institute director Dr. William Barrett were on hand to acknowledge and accept the donation.

Tennis for City Youth, received a gift of $35,000, bringing the total since 1991 to $809,000. Proceeds from the tournament represent the sole funding source for the local National Junior Tennis League chapter that provides lessons and equipment to kids who could not otherwise afford to learn the game.

This year’s Western & Southern Open will be Aug. 13-21 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. Tickets go on sale to the general public March 1.

Photo: Tony Wagner

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