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The Barbara Mandell Tennis Group

On Thursday, Oct. 15, over 70 people gathered at Tulip Restaurant on Welwyn Road in Great Neck, to show appreciation to Barbara Mandell for arranging their tennis games. Barbara has been organizing tennis groups at Memorial Field for over ten years, according to players’ abilities and compatibilities. The group is comprised of more than 50 men and women ranging from beginner to advanced levels.

The party was fun filled with live entertainment by group members, including professional singers, authors and even a harmonica player. But most of all, players spoke from their hearts, offering dedications and poems to let Barbara know how much she is appreciated for keeping the group together.

The question asked most often of Barbara, “Why do you do this?” was summed up best in husband Gary’s dedication: “I suppose I do it because I can….and I tell you no lies, Barbara, really loves you guys.”

Plans for next year’s party are already underway, and the group is looking forward to the 2010 tennis season.