At the Orange County Chapter meeting, President Jill Behrle presented the “No Pucker Challenge” to raise awareness of the devastating disease of childhood Alzheimer’s (Sicker Cell Disease). The
OC Members took the challenge by eating a lemon without puckering, and to continue awareness challenged their sister TSO LA Chapter Members to do the same. Visit our Instagram or Facebook site to view the challenge. To learn more about this disease and what you can do to help, visit

On a sad note, the Orange County chapter recently lost member, Betsy Banker, who quietly suffered from ovarian cancer. In her memory, TSO Board Members coordinated a charity round robin that raised $1245.00 for The Ark of San Juan Capistrano, a local animal rescue dear to Betsy’s heart. Thank you to Marcia Patterson, Carol Walsh, Kat Frost, Morgan Amirani, Jeanne Petrik, and head coach Scott at Marbella Tennis Club for coordinating a memorable day in our dear friend’s honor. Thank you also to Peter Cousins for his generosity and support.

On September 1st, TSO held another charity round robin benefiting Laura’s House, an Orange County based nonprofit whose mission is to support those who have suffered from domestic violence. Laura’s House was one of two runner up’s from last year’s Wimbledon Grand Slam Beneficiary vote, so it was very rewarding to play tennis and raise funds and awareness in their name. Thank you to Mike Thoeresz, Director of Tennis at Racquet Club of Irvine, for allowing this TSO event to be held at their club. Thank you also to Janet Zahl, Cathy Bass, Kelly Altuzarra, Laurie Cook and Marcia Patterson of our OC Chapter who made this a fun event that connected us to more potential TSO members and ladies who love tennis. And to everyone who played in the crazy heat, we commend you for your
“Love All” attitudes!

TSO gives back to Public Law Center, a non-profit that provides justice for lowincome residents of OC. PLC attorney, Sarah Efthymiou, worked with us in the beginning stages to establish TSO.

In August, the LA Chapter raised $1,750.00 at a TSO Charity Round Robin benefiting Pete Brown Junior Tennis League. It was a fun day as LA Members rallied to play at Harvard Park with great
raffle items and a social lunch. Kudos to the LA Chapter for making such a big difference in the life of young tennis players. A big thanks to Ellie Kanner for her generous donation. And another
big thanks to Tanisha Byrd Mason and her husband for sponsoring lunch for 28+ TSO members.!