La Grange teen hosts 9th annual tennis fest to fight cancer

The Crofton Kelly 9th Annual Tennis Fun Fest held Aug. 16 raised about $5,500 for The Treasure Chest, an organization that buys toys for children going through cancer treatments.

The event, which included tennis drills, raffles and a Rally for Cure where kids get pledges on how many hits they accomplish in a row against a pro, had a record 80 children participate.

This year’s pro in the rally was Eddie Grabill, the Illinois State Champion for the past two years in high school tennis.

Crofton Kelly, Hinsdale Racket Club director Tom Cahill and Treasure Chest founder Colleen Kisel gave heartfelt speeches of their motivations for doing this event, their gratefulness, and a push for every kid there to turn around and do something of service themselves.

Last year, Kelly became one of the charity’s top fundraisers and a treasure chest in his name was dedicated at Med Star Georgetown Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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