Alice B. Worley Memorial Tennis Tournament ahead

Susan EspirituHalls, Our Town Neighbors

Hope Springs Adult Day Care Center is a life-giving resource for many caregivers who are striving to keep their loved ones in their own homes for as long as possible.

After working years in healthcare and skilled nursing facilities, Vicki Worley conceptualized Hope Springs Adult Day Center as caregivers must keep working themselves or need an option for a care-giving resource in order for their own personal selfcare.

She says, “Our goal is to come alongside families and caregivers providing high quality day services in a safe and inclusive environment so that the caregivers can continue working or have respite.”

Vicki’s husband and children were intimately involved in the initial phase, from helping with establishing a budget, assisting with re-modeling the building and working on fundraising events which took approximately a year to opening day. Worley’s friends with friends of friends donated supplies, funding plus labor and she says without all of those individuals, the center would not have been possible.

Hope Springs Adult Day Center is a 501©3 nonprofit and thus managed by an active board of directors. This year the board decided to begin the process of expanding services to an adjacent county that is not currently being served by an adult day program. The board is seeking to lease property and funding to achieve this goal.

Alice B. Worley

The upcoming Alice B. Worley Memorial Tennis Tournament will both raise awareness and funds for this endeavor. The tournament is named after Vicki’s mother-in-law, Alice B. Worley, who was an avid tennis player and well known in the local tennis community. She also taught Bible studies for years in several different locations. Alice began showing signs of cognitive decline in her late 50’s and at the time of her death was in the last stages of dementia. Because of the care provided by her husband, she was able to remain home until her death.

The tournament will also benefit Twilight Wish Foundation of East Tennessee, another 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, whose motto is “Celebrating Seniors and Making Dreams Come True.” It’s like a Make-a-Wish for seniors instead of children. Its mission is to honor and enrich the lives of deserving seniors through intergenerational Twilight Wish celebrations. The website is: Twilght Wish Foundation of East Tennessee.

The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, at Beaver Brook Golf and Country Club, which is one of the places Alice played interclub and took lessons. There will be divisional play for women’s singles and doubles, novice/intermediate level and intermediate/advanced level as well as mixed doubles with a two match guarantee for each.

Registration for singles is $50 and for a doubles team is $75.

Register at Alice B. Worley Memorial Tennis Tournament. Each participant will receive a goodie bag and first place winners will receive gift baskets. Registration deadline is 08/11/23.

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