MTVAC Members Swing for Fun and for Pink at 12th Annual Charity Event

Mount Vernon Athletic Club’s Annual Swing for Pink Charity Event raises $17,253 for Local Families in Need

Mount Vernon Athletic Club (MTVAC), Alexandria VA fitness and tennis club, donated the money raised during the 2017 “Swing for Pink” tennis charity event. The annual event is held every October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  2017 marked the 12th year for the swing for fun and pink event, and by far the largest amount raised in one year.

MTVAC Swing For Fun and Pink Check Presentation to Inova Hospital

Pictured left to right: Maggie Britvec; Sharon Timmons, SFP Committee Chair; Megan Cooke, Donor Relations Advisor, Inova Hospital Foundation; Deb Oelschlager, SFP Chairperson; Jennifer McGihon, Executive Director, East Region Development for Inova Health Foundation; Loretta Johnson; Brandon Coleman, MTVAC Membership Manager; Kathleen OBrien, MTVAC Director of Digital Marketing

With the 2017 total, MTVAC has now raised over $153,000 for the cause. The event began in 2006 as a way for members to swing for fun and for breast cancer awareness. What sets this fundraiser apart, and likely what makes members want to contribute, is that Swing for Pink funds are used directly in the local community.  In January 2018,  the Breast Care Institute at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and the Inova Alexandria Hospital Cancer Center were both presented with the $17,253.00 check from MTVAC.

Local Funds for Local Families in Need

What’s unique about this fundraiser is that the funds raised from the Alexandria community go directly to local families who are fighting breast cancer and seeking care.  Whether the patient needs money for rent and utilities after the expense of medical treatments, or help getting to appointments, the funds raised by MTVAC go directly towards helping those who need it most.

Sponsors & Supporters Swing for Fun

Swing for Pink is a true collaboration between Mount Vernon Athletic Club, its amazing members/supporters and generous local sponsors. The local sponsors are in fact key, as they allow for event activities to include not just the famous tennis round robin, but also a dinner, wine tasting, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, FREE childcare and more. A special thank you goes to the 2017 primary event sponsor, Joan Van Metre, as well host sponsor Kihomac, Inc.

swing for fun at 2017 SFP charity event for breast cancerAdditional major sponsors included: United BankSolutions Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, The Carol Farquhar Family, Matthew McCarthy, Local Geico AgentRex Reiley of Re-Max Allegiance Group, Mount Vernon Physical Therapy, Blue Chip Tennis Academy and Dr. Brian Bodnar of Bodnar Chiropractic, Community Sponsor, Joe Viar, Club Sponsors, Alan Edelstein and Sheldon Richman.

We would also like to thank Gordon and Anita Murchie, long time Swing for Pink supporters formerly with the Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association provided the wines and they managed the tasting and toast-worthy wines of the evening. They have supported the event from year one and it would not be the same without them! And thank you to MTVAC member Stephanie Melvin of  Wisteria Florals – her elegant arrangements continue to elevate the evening.

Swing for Fun and for Pink Breast Cancer Charity Check PresentationIt is events like these that truly make a community. Members swing for fun, swing for pink and raise funds for their neighbors, sisters, mothers, daughters and friends. Almost everyone is touched by breast cancer and our community’s passion to help those in need is so inspiring!

To see more photos from this event, click here!

Mount Vernon Athletic Club has been a community fixture for 40 years. Providing outstanding Tennis programs, the facility is also a comprehensive health club offering a full fitness facility, exercise classes, expert personal training and an onsite Wellness Spa. Mount Vernon Athletic Club is located at 7950 Audubon Avenue in southern Alexandria. More information can be found at
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