Highlights from the 4th Annual Make Our Schools Safe tennis fundraiser
By Martin Lenkowsky
Registration is now underway for the 6th Annual Make Our Schools Safe tennis fundraiser.
The one-day charity tournament for female players 18 and over is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 8, at the Parkland Tennis Center.
Founded by Lori and Ilan Alhadeff, Make Our Schools Safe is a non-profit organization in memory of their 14-year-old daughter Alyssa, who was one of 17 students and faculty members killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas on Feb. 14, 2018, in the deadliest mass shooting at a high school in U.S. history.
Alhadeff, a Broward County School Board member, hopes to raise $50,000 through donations raised by the tournament. Make Our Schools Safe is not just for tennis players. Alhadeff says tickets can also be purchased for lunch, a raffle, and shopping options. She said last year’s tennis fundraiser also raised about $50,000.
Make Our Schools Safe aims to protect students and teachers and help create a culture of vigilance in the school environment. Alhadeff says their organization’s most significant accomplishment thus far was the passage of Alyssa’s Law, which requires public and charter schools to have silent panic alert systems linked directly to law enforcement agencies and first responders.
For more information about the organization, to make donations, and to register for the tennis tournament, visit makeourschoolssafe.org.
The Parkland Tennis Center is at John H. Quigley Park at 7901 Parkside Drive.
- Martin Lenkowsky moved to Coral Springs from NYC in 1982. He has a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College. He has been both writer and editor for a number of South Florida publications since 1983. He considers features writing his specialty.
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