Seventies-Style Tournament Becomes Fundraiser for At-Risk Youth
March 8, 2013 (Burlington, VT) – Dealer.com, a leading provider of digital marketing and operational products and services for the automotive industry, proudly announced today that its annual Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic event will serve as a fundraiser to benefit the King Street Center this year. Dealer.com is aiming to raise at least $40,000 to help the King Street Center in its mission to serve the needs of Burlington at-risk youth through its academic, social and recreation programs.
“King Street Center is a very important part of our community and has been such a positive influence on the youth in Burlington,” said Mark Bonfigli, founder of Dealer.com. “We have been a long-time supporter of them, and we are thrilled to be able to dedicate our annual event to raising funds to help them continue to do their great work.”
The event, scheduled for August 9-11, 2013, at the Burlington Tennis Club, is a throwback to the ‘70s where players compete using classic wooden rackets and some even celebrate in retro attire. It’s a family-oriented event where people of all ages can enjoy tennis, swimming and refreshments throughout the weekend. New this year will be the Rally for King Street Raffle and full slate of DJ-fueled family-oriented entertainment such as Groovy Guy, Champ & Dux the Balloon Man as well as a wide array of complimentary food & beverages provided by generous sponsors.
“We are so grateful to Dealer.com for supporting King Street Center through the Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic,” said Vicky Smith, executive director of the King Street Center. “Dan was so committed to growing the game of tennis and making it more accessible. We echo that effort at King Street Center, not only as we get rackets into the hands of our kids each week, but also as we strive to create opportunities in the communityfor so many of our youth and families. Dealer.com is helping to make that possible.”
Both Dealer.com and King Street Center are actively recruiting sponsors, players and volunteers for the event. King Street Center kids will participate as ball-boys and ball-girls, and they will have an on-site lemonade stand. Corporate sponsorships are available at three levels: Grand Slam for $10,000; Match Point for $5,000; and Ace for $2,500. All proceeds will go toward King Street Center.
“We are delighted to host the Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic again this year, and are thrilled that the tournament has evolved to support such an important community resource as the King Street Center,” said Chip Hart, president of the Burlington Tennis Club. “Our members and the public look forward to the Woody every summer as the word spreads among tennis aficionados around New England. Dealer.com’s generosity is a tribute to the company and I hope we can all pitch in for King Street.”
“This event is always enjoyable and memorable, but this year it will be even more so because all of our efforts are going toward supporting the amazing work of the King Street Center,” continued Bonfigli. “We invite our friends in the business community to join us as sponsors and help keep the Center’s Burlington at-risk youth programs alive and well for the future.”