SUPPORT THE OJAI TENNIS TOURNAMENT
The Ojai Tennis Tournament is a wonderful and unique tradition dating back to the first event in 1896. It is put on each year by the Ojai Valley Tennis Club, Inc., a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization (the “Tennis Club”), whose charitable mission is the promotion of interest in tennis and physical fitness as well as the provision of recreational facilities for young people and the combating of juvenile delinquency. Traditionally neither the Tennis Club nor The Ojai Tournament has ever had any paid employees or staff, a tradition that we hope to maintain. For an event this big, this fact is truly amazing. But The Ojai doesn’t just happen. It requires the dedicated efforts of literally hundreds of officials and volunteers, not only at tournament time but throughout the year. And it requires money. Alas, each year, tournament expenses have been increasing, especially as the Tennis Club continues its efforts to expand and modernize The Ojai Tournament and generally improve The Ojai experience for players and spectators alike. While most of these expenses are offset by event entry fees, ticket sales and sponsorships, the Tennis Club, like many other nonprofit organizations, is beginning to turn to public fundraising to help close the gap between expenses and revenues.
In 2015, for the first time in the long history of The Ojai Tournament, the Tennis Club hosted several fundraising events during the Tournament and in 2015 honored legendary Hall of Famer Stan Smith at a wine reception and dinner that raised thousands of dollars for the tournament. These inaugural events were very successful, and the Tennis Club plans to create a new tradition of public fundraising to support the many activities of the Tennis Club, the principal activity being the continuation of The Ojai Tournament. Proceeds from these fundraising events were and are being used to make enhancements to the venerable Libbey Park and other capital improvements to various tennis facilities used for tournament activities. These facilities not only are essential to the continued conduct of The Ojai Tournament, but are used throughout the year by thousands of young people throughout the Ojai Valley and surrounding areas. Fundraising proceeds also have been, and will be, used to continue and expand the “Youth Tennis” activities of the Tennis Club carried on throughout the year. Check out the “Youth Tennis” tab elsewhere on this website for more information.
WE NEED YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO CARRY ON THE GREAT TRADITIONS OF THE OJAI TOURNAMENT AND TO SUPPORT THE OTHER YOUTH TENNIS ACTIVITIES OF THE TENNIS CLUB.
Please make your tax-deductible PayPal contributions to the Tennis Club on this website page, by following the instructions set forth below, or by mailing your check to the following address:
- Ojai Valley Tennis Club, Inc.
P.O. Box 482
Ojai, CA 93024