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The 37th Annual Ladies Invitational and Gala

2023 Event Committee from Bayview Golf & Country Club: (L-R): Sheila Furlong, Tracy Yang, Anne Baston, Janet Murphy, Catherine Eustace (Chair), Geoff Bower (Head Tennis Professional)

Philpott Children’s Tennis is thrilled to announce that the  37th Annual Philpott Ladies Invitational Tennis Tournament raised over $80,000 for children in Toronto’s priority needs neighbourhoods! 

Big thanks to 2023 Event host, Bayview Golf & Country Club and their amazing Event Committee pictured above.  

On January 25th and 26th, over 250 female tennis players and Philpott supporters attended the 37th Annual Ladies Invitational tournament in support of Philpott Children’s Tennis.   
After a 3-year hiatus due to Covid-related cancellations, everyone was thrilled to have this tournament back on their tennis calendars!  With wide support from the Toronto ladies tennis community, players from 9 tennis clubs participated in two days of tennis culminating in a spectacular evening gala.
Thank you to everyone from Bayview G&CC, Boulevard Club, Badminton and Racquet Club, Donalda Club, Granite Club, Lambton G&CC, Mayfair Lakeshore, Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club, and the Toronto Lawn Tennis Club, who supported the event.   
The two-day tournament took place at various clubs across the GTA, who generously provided court time for 7 divisions of competition.  In anticipation of the Gala evening themed “A Night in Colour”, the players brought their colourful outfits to the courts as well, with many of the teams dressing in their division colours! 

Time for the Gala!

Big thanks to for sponsoring the event and sending all of our participants home with a brand new Puddle Jumper Tote Bag! What a Treat! We love our Lugs! 

The dinner was themed “A Night in Colour” and everyone had fun celebrating with colourful food, cocktails, decor, and team outfits! The gala was a time to meet and greet opponents and friends, enjoy a delicious dinner, a spectacular wine raffle, and bid on some fabulous silent auction items.  Thank you to Barb Hillary from Bayview G&CC for being the wonderful MC for the night.  

Wine Raffle Extraordinaire! Participants had the chance to win one of three incredible wine collections in a popular raffle!

The Silent Auction featured amazing items including sporting tickets, jewellery items, art, restaurant experiences and more! Big thanks to all of the local businesses who made donations. 

A big thank you to everyone at Bayview Golf & Country Club for their hard work and generosity in putting on an incredible event.  Special mentions to Geoff Bower (Head Tennis Professional), and the entire event Committee: Catherine Eustace (Chair), Anne Baston, Sheila Furlong, Janet Murphy, and Tracy Yang. Thank you as well to all the Head Tennis Pros and all the clubs who participated. The charity is also sincerely grateful to the major Event Sponsors: Doncaster Foundation,, Rogers, and Tennis Canada.

You helped us raise over
$80,000 for Toronto’s priority needs children!

The Annual Ladies Invitational Tournament is the largest and longest standing fundraiser for Philpott Children’s Tennis.  Through this event, the ladies of the Toronto tennis community have been supporting the work and mission of Philpott Children’s Tennis for decades; our important work could not continue without their continued support.  
This event allows us to introduce tennis to over 4,500 inner-city kids annually who otherwise would not be able to afford a tennis program. The charity is working hard to create more female role models for young women tennis players through their enhanced leadership program that allows youth from the community to train as instructors and go on to become paid Philpott employees. 
The success of our Kids’ Tennis programs over the past thirty years is the result of hard work and continued donor support. These programs are possible thanks to dedicated individuals who, like you, wish to make a difference in the lives of thousands of kids living in priority neighbourhoods across Toronto.  
Together, we are making sure that there is A PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO PLAY!


 The Philpott Board of Directors, the instructors, the volunteers and the children say THANK YOU!

See you next year!!

Philpott Children’s Tennis is looking forward to next year’s tournament, hosted by the Badminton and Racquet Club.  To learn more on the Annual Ladies Invitational Tournament, check out the Ladies Invitational Page.