Thursday, March 21st, 2019

G Gathering Cape Henry Racquet Club Celebrates 40 Years

Cape Henry Racquet Club Celebrates 40 Years



The Cape Henry Racquet Club held its 40th anniversary celebration in grand fashion, offering an event for members and friends to enjoy food, music, and a presentation by newly inducted International Tennis Hall of Famer Nick Bollettieri. Nick talked about getting back up after a fall to prove the critics wrong, while also speaking to empowering today's youth. As Cape Henry Racquet Club Owner Darryl Cummings announced the name of the new facility


The event was a nice time for many friends to catch up while supporting their local racquet club. From left: 9th Circuit Court Judge Jeff Fairbanks, Virginia Beach Sports Club Co-President Claudy Barnes, and Sabrina Fairbanks.

From left: Sarah Jones and husband Howard Jones, with Judy Maragon. Howard Jones has been playing tennis at the Cape Henry Racquet Club since 1978, along with Judy's husband, John.

Despite the threatening weather, Cape Henry Racquet Club's 40th anniversary brought out a crowd

From left: 9th Circuit Court Judge Jeff Fairbanks, Cape Henry Racquet Club Associate Ron Nusbaum, The Shopper Director of Sports Information Heather Ireland, Cape Henry Racquet Club Founding Member Bill Fanney, and Virginia Beach Sports Club Co-President Tom Barnes

Members of the Cape Henry Racquet Club enjoyed a chance to mingle off the courts as well. From left: Wayne McCoy with wife, Ginny, and Bill Dullaghan.

Virginia Wesleyan was well-represented at the event as seen here with two staff members in one picture. From left: Virginia Wesleyan Athletics Gift Officer Jack Ankerson, Virginia Wesleyan Head Tennis Coach Darryl Cummings, and U.S. Termite & Pest Control's George Pilkington.

From left: Darryl Cummings, U.S. Termite & Pest Control's George Pilkington, Nick Bollettieri, and Jack Ankerson

The Shopper Director of Sports Information Heather Ireland got the chance to meet world-renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri

Providing musical entertainment for the event, Lewis McGehee took a break to chat with The Shopper Account Executive Amy Garrett. Lewis also performed at Amy's daughter's graduation.

Nick Bollettieri was available for signing his latest book Changing the Game throughout the event

Nick Bollettieri spoke about preparing the children of today to deal with the temptations of the world and giving them the confidence to stay true to themselves

A true Italian, Nick Bollettieri used his hands throughout his inspirational speech

Unveiling the new name of the indoor tennis facility put the spotlight on the major players involved. Back row: Cape Henry Racquet Club Owner Darryl Cummings, with front row, from left: Independent Lighting Owner Chris Carpenter, International Tennis Hall of Fame Nick Bollettieri, and Vice President of Beskin and Associates Roy Beskin, who also coaches Virginia Wesleyan Tennis with Darryl.

Running into each other at event after event, no one's sure who's following whom. The Shopper Director of Sports Information Heather Ireland, with the

From left: The Shopper Account Executive Amy Garrett with two William & Mary alums, Claudy Barnes '64 and Jack Tucker '68. Jack is an associate at the Cape Henry Racquet Club.

The event was not only enjoyable, but also well decorated, including themed pillar candles