Tennis matches raise money for MS Society

Organizers present a check to Sharon O’Keiff of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Keystone Branch office in Duncansville. They are (from left): Emre Cardakli, David Auerbeck, Shreeman Pericherla and Will Tyndall.

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The fourth annual Matches for MS Awareness Charity Tennis Tournament took place on June 16, 17 and 18 at the Tiger Tennis Center in Hollidaysburg.

The tournament brought together more than 40 sponsors and 70 players from counties across the state.

Participants in the event ranged in age from competitors in the 8-and-under category to adults.

In all, the tournament raised and donated a total of $7,836.20 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society this year and more than $25,000 over the past four years.

The tournament was directed by Emre Cardakli, with the help of David Auerbeck, Shreeman Pericherla and Will Tyndall.

Cardakli, a recent graduate of Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, organized this event to benefit the National MS Society in memory of his cousin, who developed multiple sclerosis at a young age and later passed away from complications associated with the disease,

Cardakli would like to thank all of the tournament sponsors for their generous donations.

These sponsors include New Pig, The Algan Family, Eyedoc Associates LLC, Altoona Kidney — Dr. Pawan Gupta, Betar Dental & Associates, Sheetz, The Hite Co., Dr. Paul R. Barton, Altoona Center for Clinical Research, University Orthopedics, Blair Gastroenterology Associates, the Rose Family, Dr. Carlos M. Wiegering DC, Carnegie Equipment, Bloom Yoga & Wellness, the Sky Family, the Cobler Family, Ultimate Concrete Resurfacing of Scotch Valley, Supp Physical Therapy, The Award Man, Sweet Frog, Creative Kids, Gallagher Insurance Agency, Benchmark Therapies, TEAM Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Inc., Blair Surgical Associates, Pediatric Healthcare Associates, Mount Union Lumber & Supply, Inc., Courtesy Motors, The Khalouf Family, Beerbower Jewelers, Dr. Stephen Yanoshak, The Martinelli Family, the Brozack Family, Stiffler McGraw, Keystone Dermatology, and Friends of Golden Tiger Tennis.

Cardakli would also like to give thanks to all of the volunteers that made this event possible, especially Auerbeck, Pericherla, Tyndall and coaches Brian and Amanda Denis.