Play for Paula

This year’s Play for Paula event will be bigger than ever! Carmel Country Club members, mark your calendar for the evening of November 15 and morning of November 16!


Wednesday, November 15th 6 – 9PM — Pro Tennis Exhibition & Silent Auction

This will be a fun evening for the whole family, emceed by Frank Garcia (WFNZ host and former offensive lineman for the Carolina Panthers) and DJ’d by Split Second Sound Entertainment! Bring the family to watch some great tennis action while you enjoy wine, beer and the Carmel Pizza Truck by member signature.  Enjoy a chance to bid on some great auction items all in the name of finding cures for sarcoma! There is no entry fee for this evening event!

We opened up the bidding on a few of our silent auction items so please come by the Carmel Pro Shop to check them out!

Here are just a few…

Behind the scenes Vip tour of Hendrick Motor Sports Racing
Venus Williams Signed Racquet
Golf trip to Eagle Point
Golf at Quail Hollow Country Club
Private Wine tasting by Caymus Wines
Distillery Tour and tasting
Private Yoga for 10
Double decker pontoon boat rental (with a slide)

This evening event may also be enjoyed by members of Meyers Park Country Club, Olde Providence Racquet Club, Quail Hollow Club, Providence Country Club, and Charlotte Country Club! There is no entry fee for this evening event!


Thursday, November 16th 9AM – 2PM — Play for Paula

Join us for a fun morning of Ladies’ tennis followed by lunch at Carmel Country Club. (Carmel Country Club members only. Click here for the registration form.)

9:00-9:30      Check in and Breakfast at the Carmel Pro Shop

9:30-11:30    Tennis Play

12:00-2:00    Lunch on the Terrace


Paula Takacs was a phenomenal athlete and beloved member of Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC. Through the generosity of this incredible club and its Women’s Tennis Association, an annual Play for Paula tennis tournament raises very substantial funds for our foundation’s mission.

The ladies tennis teams have held the annual Play for Paula tennis tournament since 2011, donating over $40,000 to date! The 2016 tournament was held on August 26th with almost 40 members in attendance! The ladies enjoyed a continental breakfast, a fun tennis match, and a slew of door prizes and goody bags. Thank you to Dr. Kim, Chair of Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigative Therapeutics, Levine Cancer Institute, for updating our attendees about the various sarcoma research projects at the Institute that they are passionately helping to fund. Thank you also to Julia McGrath, leiomyosarcoma warrior, for her soulful account of her diagnosis and treatment story. We honor her courage to speak at the gathering. We are sure that it gave everyone a better understanding of what is like to be diagnosed “like a bolt out of the blue” with this aggressive and rare cancer.

We thank Carmel Country Club and its tennis members for honoring the memory of our fearless friend Paula Takacs with this very special event!