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Chase Benhom with Rod Laver at 2016 HNC event (courtesy photo)

HNC Tennis ProAm with Rod Laver Admission Begins at $15

Carlsbad CA— Two-time Grand Slam winner Rod Laver will welcome tennis legends, amateurs and aficionados to Hospice of the North Coast’s second annual Mary Laver Memorial Tennis Event on April 8, 2017 at the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad. Information and registration are at

The tennis event is open to the public. Admission prices begin at $15 for an all-day grounds pass.

Also available are meet-and-greet reception tickets; an opportunity for amateurs to play with tennis greats such as Bob Lutz, Larry Stefanki and others; opportunity drawing tickets; a VIP dinner at the home of event sponsor San Diego Aviators owner Fred Luddy and tennis icons; and an auction of unique collectibles, including a racquet autographed by Roger Federer, who earlier this year won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Also available for purchase are one-on-one coaching sessions with the event’s Honorary Chairman, Rod Laver. Laver’s wife, Mary, experienced HNC’s caring and compassionate services before she died in 2012 at age 84.

Laver and Shelly Dew, HNC’s Director of Philanthropy, are featured on the March edition of KOCT’s “Oceanside Spectrum.” The show airs on TV and on-demand throughout March at

According to Dew, the inaugural 2016 Mary Laver Memorial Tennis Event was an overwhelming success, leading to its perpetuation as an annual event. She reports, “We were delighted to see people of all ages in attendance. The tennis legends had a great time enjoying friendly competition on the court and speaking with guests, many of whom were ardent amateurs who remember these athletes’ heyday. They were thrilled not only to watch them play, but to meet their heroes and speak with them about tennis and life.”

She adds, “This is a signature event you don’t want to miss. The money raised at this fundraiser, at other HNC events and through direct donations is very important to us as a North County-based nonprofit. The support of community members helps HNC provide care for terminally ill veterans, homeless people and others who do not have funding for hospice care. Our goal is to maintain dignity, comfort and the highest quality of life for those we serve, regardless of their ability to pay.”

Nonprofit Hospice of the North Coast was established in 1980 to fill the need for comprehensive, compassionate hospice care in North County San Diego. Since its inception, it has grown in services These include global partner Nkhoma Palliative Care in Malawi, a resale store in Encinitas, Pathways Palliative Care, Hope Bereavement Center and Pacifica House, the only in-patient acute symptom management facility in North County.