July 7th, 2020- Dove Inc. Is celebrating 50 years. The organization is a coalition of religious organizations, volunteers, and advocates seeking to coordinate efforts to address unmet human needs in our community. What started as a mission to serve the poor and create educational opportunities for volunteers in the 1970’s has grown to offer a Domestic Violence Program, assistance for the homeless, financial assistance, and more says executive Director Tamara Wilcox. The theme for the anniversary year is “needed then, vital now” and the organization announced a new program called The Senior Companion Program. The program, which is an offshoot of the RSVP program, utilizes senior volunteers to assist other seniors who are homebound.
Listen to the podcast with Executive Director Tamara Wilcox as Dove Inc. celebrates their 50th Anniversary.
July 7th, 2020- The 22nd Annual USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic has been postponed until 2021.
“Due to the ongoing situation surrounding COVID-19, the United States Tennis Association has canceled all five ITF World Tennis Tour events taking place in the U.S. in August. This decision was made to ensure the health and safety of all those involved with these events” the USTA announced.
Tournaments in Lexington, KY, Landisville, PA, Concord, MA, Memphis, TN as well as Decatur, IL were all affected by the decision.
“This was a disappointing day for our tennis community and the City of Decatur. Unfortunately, ever since the announcement on opening professional men’s tennis with our $25,000 men’s event a couple of weeks ago, things seem to have just gone the other way for the tennis world. Several high-profile professional tennis players have contracted COVID-19 and the country as a whole has had more outbreaks. On the bright side, our committee was encouraged by the strong sponsorship pledged this year which nearly matched what we experienced in 2019” said Chuck Kuhle, tournament director. “To have that kind of support in a year like this was unbelievable. We look forward to returning to the Fairview Tennis Center in 2021.”