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USTA hosts event to honor Lucy Garvin

USTA South Carolina and USTA Southern hosted a special event at Thornblade Country Club in Greer October 22 to pay tribute to Lucy Garvin, 2009-2010 United States Tennis Association President and Chairman of the Board.  Over 170 friends and dignitaries, including members of the USTA Board of Directors and senior staff, attended.  During the evening, Lucy received numerous accolades from USTA district, section and national representatives, as well as the following proclamations and awards:
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-Letter of congratulations from Francesco Ricci Bitti, International Tennis
 Federation President
-Proclamation from the City of Greer
    -Proclamation from the City of Greenville
    -Proclamation from Greenville County
    -Proclamation from the South Carolina Legislature
    -Proclamation from the United States Senate
    -A college scholarship presented to a South Carolina junior tennis player was
 named in her honor
    -The Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest volunteer honor.  Senator Garry
     Smith presented the award and read a letter from Governor Sanford

A special portrait commemorating Lucy’s USTA presidency was unveiled.  The portrait, done by renown artist Wayland Moore of Atlanta, will hang in the USTA South Carolina office in Columbia until January when it will move to the USTA Southern office in Atlanta.  The portrait will be returned to the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame in June where it will remain.  The Hall of Fame is located in the train depot in Belton.

The program ended with a champagne toast by Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation chairman Jeff Gray.  Thanks to the generosity of many sponsors and contributors, $19,000 was raised to be shared by the South Carolina and Southern Tennis Patrons Foundation in support of junior tennis in the state and eight other southern states.
 
 

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