New twists abound when animal lovers and tennis fans converge on the Clubhouse Restaurant at the Boca Grande Club at 6 p.m. Wednesday to celebrate and raise money for the Suncoast Humane Society at the Tennis Ball.
At least 60 percent of the $100 ticket will go to Suncoast. Artwork, photography, wine and jewelry baskets, golf and party packages are among the silent auction items. The Silent Auction and Tennis Ball opens the 14th annual Professional Tennis Exhibition Series.
In addition to 20 silent auction items, the Tennis Ball will feature "Tombola," Italian for lottery. For $20 partiicpants receive a numbered tennis ball and corresponding prize.
This photo of a long-billed curlew munching on a crab was taken by island photography enthusiast, Peter Hellman, and is one of 20 items up for bids in Wednesday's Silent Auction and Tennis Ball at the Boca Grande Club.
"It's a great way for someone to walk away with a great prize and participate in the fundraiser for a small amount of money," said Cathy Parkes, club volunteer. "There aren't any clunkers among the prizes. It's a great deal."
An Italian food station, French food station and Asian food station will accompany cocktails, beer and wine, music and dancing in the price of admission. Many participating tennis pros will be on hand to meet patrons.
Tickets are available at the Suncoast Humane Society and the Boca Grande Club.
The Professional Tennis Exhibition Series begins at 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Boca Grande Club. Four area teaching pros will play three sets of doubles with the top two players in games won advancing to the semifinals in a seven-week ending in the finals March 14.
The finale will include a street party and barbecue for $15. Call 964.2211.