Crofton Kelly’s 7th Annual Tennis Fest Benefits Children Fighting Cancer

The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation was awarded $3,750 recently thanks to the tireless work of 16-year-old La Grange resident Crofton Kelly. The hard-working teenager organized, implemented and coordinated a community Tennis Fun Fest at the Hinsdale Racquet Club. More than 55 children and 10 tennis professionals participated in the event which included round robin matches, fun-drills, raffles, refreshments and prizes and ultimately benefited children fighting cancer. This marks the seventh consecutive year in which Crofton has organized a tennis event to help a worthy charity and over that span the events have raised a total of $20,300.


Crofton said, "I really like everything about the Treasure Chest Foundation, but I especially like the feeling that even a small donation makes a difference in a kid's life-the life of a child in need. And if we can put together a lot of small donations, we can make a BIG difference in the lives of a LOT of kids. That is why I love the Treasure Chest Foundation, because I can make a direct impact on the lives of kids who really need it."


"We had an amazing turnout," said Alison Kelly, Crofton's Mom. "I'm sure the kids receiving cancer treatments and their families are thankful for this event and for the generosity of all those who participated."

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Alison Kelly (left), and Tennis Fest organizer Crofton Kelly take a break during the raffle portion of the festivities at Hinsdale Racquet Club.