Friends of all ages gathered for the Argentine Society’s inaugural Raqueta Rally.
The Argentine Society of St. Louis held its inaugural tennis fundraiser, Raqueta Rally, at Frontenac Racquet Club on September 7. More than 50 people signed up to play a fun form of tennis called raquet rally, while raising funds for the Society’s long-time beneficiary, Hogar San Roque, a children’s home outside of Buenos Aires.
“We thought a tennis fundraiser would be a great fit for our group because it’s such a popular sport among Argentines, and so many of our members play tennis year-round,” said Gloris Xynos-Taylor, president of the Society.
Members played for two hours in teams of six, and it was evident this was a competitive group! “The teams were well balanced, except for in the finals. Clearly, someone had the inside line and stacked their team,” joked Danny Theodoro, whose team made it to the finals but lost.
Following play, members stayed for drinks and food, and the awards ceremony. Winners received goody bags with every Argentine’s favorite sweet, a jar of dulce de leche.
The group raised $1,000 for San Roque, said Xynos-Taylor. Next year, the Society’s goal is to double attendance and double the funds raised. ”This is a great cause. I’m thrilled our first event was so successful.”
Organizers making some last-minute changes to the teams.
Family-members played alongside, and sometimes against, one another.
Players listened attentively to instructions!
Teams were made up of young players and older ones.
Stretching before the Rally.
Explaining the rules of the game wasn’t as easy as it looked, but Dany made sure we all understood.
Some players showed their allegience to the home country by wearing blue and white.
Being with friends was the best part of the night!
Gloris Xynos-Taylor, president of the Argentine Society of St. Louis.
Strategy sessions took place before play commenced.
Congratulating opponents at the end of a game.