PARKLAND, FL- Make Our Schools Safe will host their second annual Tennis Round Robin and Shopping Boutique Event on Friday, May 10, at the Parkland Tennis Center.
Make Our Schools Safe Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was founded by IIan and Lori Alhadeff after the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on February 14, 2018, the day they lost their 14 year old daughter, Alyssa. The mission of Make Our Schools Safe is to strengthen the weaknesses in school security and safety in honor of Alyssa and the 16 that died that day.
Make Our Schools Safe has a student division known as the Dream Team. They meet with the Superintendent and Principal to make recommendations, ask questions and assess progress. They served as safety activists for their schools. “Students can have a voice for school safety,” stated Lori Alhadeff. “Our goal for this year’s fundraiser is $50,000.”
Money raised from the event will benefit the work Make Our Schools Safe is doing to improve school’s safety and security initiatives such as: specialized fencing to produce single point of entry, ballistic glass on schools, stop the bleed kits and training, Alyssa’s Law (silent panic alarms in schools), mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
The Tennis Round Robin and Shopping Boutique Event presented by Hilton Software and sponsored by Coldwell Banker Coral Springs opens with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the boutique opens at 9:00 a.m. The event begins with the first of two women’s round robin sessions at 9:00 a.m. The event also features an exhibition match with local tennis professionals. This year the event added a youth division. Youth registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with round robin play starting at 6:00 p.m. The night finishes with dinner and raffles.
Mayor Christine Hunschofsky will lead the dedication of a local bench in Alyssa’s memory. The bench will be placed at the park where Alyssa played soccer. This event serves as a way to celebrate Alyssa’s life and make changes for the safety of our schools. Co-founder Lara Jordan-Kalidyn stated, “This particular event is special to me because Lori was my tennis partner in a competitive tennis league before the tragedy and before becoming our school board district 4 representative. My co-chair and I felt this event would allow our tennis community to bring Lori a day of friendship, sunshine, fun, tennis and smiles all while participating in and supporting such a worthy cause of making our children safe at school.”
Tickets to attend the second annual Make Our Schools Safe tennis event luncheon and watch the pro exhibition are $40. Cost to attend and play is $65.00.
To register for the event or for more information please visit: makeourschoolssafe.org