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KidWorks 2021 Women’s Pickleball Tournament nets $40,000

More than 60 motivated Orange County women, including many players from Newport Beach, returned to the courts to play for a purpose in the 2021 Women’s Pickleball Tournament organized by KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that provides academic, spiritual and leadership programs for underserved children and teens. 

More than $40,000 was netted at the fundraising event, held April 23 at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, in support of KidWorks’ College Success Initiative that funds activities like its College Apps Academy, Campus Crash and mentorship program – all designed to support first-generation, low-income students on their journey towards college success.

Tournament committee members from Newport Beach were co-chairs Heather Gaughan and Corinne Morgenstern, along with Vivian Browne, Lori Junkins, Sharon Roy, Jill Schriber, Kyle Team​ and Leslie Montgomery of Corona del Mar. Team is also a KidWorks board member. Also participating in the event was Leslie Seidner, a member of the KidWorks Advisory Council and resident of Newport Beach.

KidWorks Susan Vigil

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Susan Vigil (far left), posing with friends, was the women’s pickleball tournament winner

Congratulations to tournament winner Susan Vigil.

Event sponsors include Queen Of The Court – Heather Gaughan, Sandy Wirta; Court Sponsor – Oltmans Construction; Amazing Aces – Anonymous, Helen Fedalan, Suzy Metcalfe, Leslie Seidner, Kyle Team; Lunch Sponsor – Newport Beach Country Club; Darling Dinkers – Empty Nesters Unite, Lori Junkins, Schriber Family Fund, Kathy Stuart; Lovely Lobbers – Holly Anderson, Anonymous, Anonymous, B.CANDY, Beach Hardwood Floors, Kim Carpenter, Pam Conner, Flint Family, Beth Hallett, Cate Hanley, Emily C. Mandrup, Mel Murray, Shelly Read, Claudette Shaw and Zotovich Wines.

Kidworks women

(L-R) Sandy Wirta, Ellen Mortimer, Claudette Shaw, Victoria Clement, Linda Patton and Darcy Bouzeous

“At the core of our College Success Initiative is a commitment to education because we know it leads to higher income, improved health and a better future,” said KidWorks’ Executive Director David Benavides. “We are developing life-ready learners who are leaders.”

For the past seven years, 100 percent of KidWorks high school students have graduated on time and 100 percent have gone onto higher education.

The committee would like to thank all of the amazing sponsors and players who came to support KidWorks students on the path towards college success. 

For more information, call Associate Director of Development Lisa Gels at 714.834.9400, ext. 126 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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