January 7, 2020
Pine Tree Apple Classic Fund Supports Children’s Cancer Research With $220,000 Gift To Children’s Minnesota
A friendly, yet highly competitive, mixed-doubles tennis tournament takes place each August at Life Time in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. Known for its good food, family fun and exceptional tennis, the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic (PTATC) has been raising funds for children’s cancer research since 1986.
On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the Pine Tree Apple Classic Fund (PTACF) Board presented Children’s Minnesota staff with a check for $220,000 from funds raised at the 2019 PTATC tournament
We’re grateful to the players, sponsors, donors and volunteers that make the PTATC so successful. Because of them, we are able to support targeted research programs at Children’s Minnesota that are benefiting children here in Minnesota and around the world,” said Kevin Werwie, Pine Tree Apple Classic Fund president.
Dr. Kris Ann Schultz, Medical Research Representative at Children’s Minnesota said, “Children who undergo treatment for cancer deserve to not only survive their disease, but also to thrive both during and after treatment. Pine Tree funded research supports both of these critical goals. We are so grateful.”
Since its inception, the PTATC has raised over $5.7 million for cancer research at Children’s Minnesota. This year’s tournament will take place August 6-9, 2020 at Life Time in White Bear Lake. All are welcome to attend and celebrate 35 years of playing for a cure. Details can be found at ptacf.org.
December 18, 2018
Pine Tree Apple Classic Fund gives $260,000 to Children’s Minnesota for Childhood Cancer Research
Each August, over 110 of the area’s top men’s and women’s tennis players take to the courts at Life Time in White Bear Lake, Minnesota to participate in the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic (PTATC), an annual, mixed-doubles tennis tournament that raises funds for childhood cancer research at Children’s Minnesota.
On Thursday, December 13, 2018, the Pine Tree Apple Classic Fund (PTACF) Board presented Children’s Minnesota staff with a check for $260,000 from funds raised at this year’s PTATC. “In this 33rd year of the PTATC and first operating as our own non-profit organization, we’re thrilled to make this contribution to Children’s Minnesota on behalf of our PTATC 2018 players, sponsors and donors,” said Kevin Werwie, PTACF President. “This is the second largest fundraising year in our event’s history.”
Funds raised by the PTATC support research to find better ways to treat children with cancer and to keep them active and strong during and after their treatment.
Dr. Kris Ann Schultz, Medical Research Representative at Children’s Minnesota explained, “Children's cancer research isn't only what happens in the lab. Real advances happen when we all pull together-- tennis players, sponsors, donors, researchers, coordinators, children and their families. When we all work together, we really can improve outcomes for kids with cancer. Pine Tree is a wonderful example of that-- so many advances made possible by this inspiring group,”
Since its inception in 1986, the PTATC has raised over $5.5 million for cancer research at Children’s Minnesota.