CONGRATULATIONS DESIGN ONE AND GAYLORD COMMUNITY SCHOOLS overall winning sponsor and team players of the First Annual Gaylord Open!
WOW! What an event it was! As measured by the hoops and hollers of fun that echoed throughout the Otsego Grand Event Center last Sunday, the unique Gaylord Open was a huge success! Not only were we able to thank all who made our new courts possible, we were 160 adults and kids strong playing tennis games and watching our own Gaylord Squares in action. We celebrated: the participation of groups like Kiwanis, Gaylord Community Schools and Johannesburg Lewiston Schools all of whom have been our local program partners in reigniting the excitement of tennis in our schools; the attendance and work of our elected state legislative leaders Triston Cole and James Stamas who endorsed our application for the DNR grant; the presence of our tennis community in Steve Asher, President of the Northern Michigan Tennis Association and George Lowe of the USTA Midwest Division who both enthusiastically welcome ARTA into full membership in the established tennis community; our county commissioners who believed in ARTA's mission, provided the Sportsplex as a site and, in partnership with ARTA, made application for the DNR grant; and the entire local tennis community who came together to give, volunteer and celebrate bringing more tennis to our region. IT WAS AWESOME!
Importantly, we want to again thank those who helped to make this particular event happen - our team Sponsors Art Van Furniture, Bennethum's Northern Inn, Design One, Hartmann/Powerhouse, Otsego Memorial Hospital, RSW Construction, Sojourn Lakeside Resort, and the Otsego Sportsplex. And our thanks to our very special set of "Squares" who bedazzled their audience with questionable tennis knowledge but superb humor - our own celebrities: Lisa McComb, Janice Lampert, Mike Reling, Phil Alexander, Ken Glasser, Ryan Wojan, Dana Bensinger, Mayor John Jenkins, and Christie Perdue - all encouraged to be square by Treetops VP Kevin McKinley.
Our tournament fare was provided by Gary and Wendy Kosch of the Otsego Grand Event Center and served by their fabulous staff headed by Patty Binette; our special Gaylord Open drink, the "ARTA ACE", was created especially for the event by Rebekah Bennethum; our sponsor and bracket sheets were created and provided by Dunn's Business Solutions; first place prizes were provided by Treetops Resort, participant games, door prize, and silent auction items were provided by Art Van Furniture, Main Street Market, Alpine Tavern, Dave Johnson, Mike Ziska, Biggby Coffee, Sunfrog, LivnFresh, Bennethum's Northern Inn, Culver's, Image Factory, Alpine Chocolat Haus, Goodwill, Home Depot, and Monte’s Car Wash.
THANK YOU TO ALL!!!!! This tennis complex would not have happened without the help and support of so many.