The long-standing Ladies Day Doubles Tennis Tournament raised over $27,000 in support of Crossroads Safehouse. The event was spearheaded by a committee of nine women including Helen Dungan, Eileen Heath, Sara Heskin, Peggy Johnson, Armelle Kesler, Jessica MacMillan, Trudy McCraken, Ingrid Parsons and Diane Westlind who came together to support the event and cause. Held on Saturday, June 1 at the Colorado State University Tennis Complex, the tournament brought together a group of over 100 women who were motivated to give back through the game of tennis.

“We all recognize the need for assistance in this area,” said Diane Westlind. “As a women’s only event, we all can identify with victims of abuse. Crossroads Safehouse is established as a professional and well-run facility in northern Colorado that we are always extremely happy to support.”

This charitable tennis tournament dates back to the 1980s, however the majority of the current committee members have been working on this annual event since 2009. Each year at the event they continue to learn more about the extreme need in our community to provide resources to victims of domestic violence. In realizing the vital services that Crossroads Safehouse provides, they have no doubt that their efforts and funds are going to an organization that can help those in need.

“There is something so powerful about the notion of a group of strong women joining forces to support a population of others in need,” said Lisa Poppaw. “Although Crossroads Safehouse does provide services for both women and men, predominantly the victims that seek shelter at Crossroads are female. We are incredibly grateful for this group of tennis players for taking it upon

themselves to give back to a community in need and supporting Crossroads Safehouse’s work to put an end to the vicious cycle of domestic violence.”

Learn more about Crossroads Safehouse at crossroadssafehouse.org.