Childhelp Desert Classic Tennis tournament


For the third year in a row, the Childhelp Desert Classic Tennis Tournament has been drawing professional players and crowds to the Missions Hills Country Club in Mission Hills, California.

Organized by Lornie Kuhle, and Jackie Cooper, proceeds from the tournament benefit Childhelp’s Merv Griffin Village based in Beaumont, California. The Village is a residential treatment facility providing a home and therapy for 80+ children that have been severely abused or abandoned by their parents. The Village exists to meet the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of the children in its care.

"Merv Griffin was a personal friend of mine and Jackie's,” said Lornie Kuhle. “Before Merv passed, he asked Jackie and me to continue this work to benefit the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village, on his behalf. We feel lucky to be a part of such a worthy cause."

The tournament is a $25,000 USTA Pro Circuit Challenger and open to the public. Qualifying for the tournament took place Sunday and Monday with main draw matches starting Tuesday, February 8. Admission is free.

This year’s guest spectators included Andrew Guiliani and Sarah Hughes, photographed above (Photo l to r: Lauren Albanese, Sally Peers, Lorne Kuhle, Roy Emerson, Sarah Hughes and Andrew Guiliani).

Childhelp is extremely grateful to our ambassadors and supporters for helping us raise funds in support of our Mission to prevent child abuse.

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