USO Paddle Day Raises $5,950

100% of proceeds goes directly to USO of Illinois

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this event a success!

Hinsdale Paddle Club’s participation in USO Paddle Day, February 1, was a great success! The event raised $5,950 with 100% going directly to the USO of Illinois to support the heroic men and women that serve our country. Throughout Chicagoland the event raised over $50,000! 

Thank you to everyone from the local paddle clubs that participated, including a special shout out to the Weekend Warriors. Additional thanks goes to Merrill Lynch Wealth Management for providing the food and volunteers, MillerCoors for the beverages and the many generous raffle donors.  Alison Ruble, Regional President for the USO was in attendance, along with Terry Lemke, former Marine, and current USO Midway Center Director.  We were honored to be joined by active duty LT Kate Woods and Major Alhaja Giwa Falana (Nikki) who graciously shared their stories about the USO’s impact on their lives during the party.  Hope to see everyone having a good time for a great cause again next year!   

Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz Take First at Hinsdale Women’s Challenge

32 Teams Participated in the 2020 Hinsdale Women’s Challenge

Pictured left to right: Winners Heather Prop/Wendy Shpiz and finalists Sandy Cvetkovic/Marina Ohlmuller.

Congratulations to Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz, winners of the 2020 Hinsdale Women’s Challenge NRT/Viking President’s Cup Qualifer. The event took place on Friday, February 7 with a full draw of 32 teams. The tourney highlight was a fiercely battled semifinal match of three hours pitting Sandy Cvetkovic and Marina Ohlmuller against Denise Murphy and Chris Maglocci. Cvetkovic/Ohlmuller eked out a win with a score of 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 and a 7-5 tiebreaker score. The other side of the draw was a hard-fought battle by Liz Hayward and Hallie Bodman against the top seeded team of Heather Prop and Wendy Shpiz. Prop/Shpiz won the tight match 6-3, 7-5. Then it was all Prop/Shpiz in the final against Cvetkovic/Ohlmuller with a score of 6-3, 6-1.

Billy O Red Zone Tourney Raises $3,600

100% of Proceeds go to Common Hope

Bill O’Brien congratulates Kevin Collins and Mike Cremmins winners of C Draw.

The Hinsdale men’s paddle tennis community rallied again to honor Bill O’Brien in the Billy O Red Zone tourney, raising $3,600 for Common Hope, an organization in Guatemala that focuses on the education of kids in poverty. The tournament was held on the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

A big thanks to Doug Brown for organizing this event and Private Vista for sponsoring the beverages!

Congrats to all the winners.

  • A Draw Winners: Dave Robare and Matt Guido
  • B Draw Winners: Tim Brankin and Chris Barb McKone
  • C Draw Winners: Mike Cremmins and Kevin Collins

Hinsdale Paddle Club Women Raise Over $1,000 for Common Hope

 Jane McCole and Margaret Hawn take home coveted Red Zone jackets!

The women of Hinsdale Paddle Club raised over $1,000 for Common Hope, an organization in Guatemala that focuses on the education of kids in poverty. Winners of the women’s Billy O Red Zone Tourney, held Saturday, November 30, were Jane McCole and Margaret Hawn who took home the coveted Red Zone jackets.