St. Helena Hospital’s Healthy Heart Tournament a Grand Slam Success, Event Raises Over $100,000 for St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley

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St. Helena Hospital’s Healthy Heart Tennis Tournament, Featuring Ronnie Lott and Carmen Policy, Raised More Than $100,000 to Benefit the St. Helena Hospital Heart and Vascular Center.

Fun, tennis, and new friends helped create a memorable fundraising event for 90 guests at the May 1, 2011 dinner following the St. Helena Hospital’s Healthy Heart Tournament at The Napa Valley Reserve. The event raised more than $100,000 and an estimated $75,000 will go directly to the hospital. Proceeds will benefit the St. Helena Hospital Heart and Vascular Center.

“It was such a fun weekend, great tennis, meeting new people, all for a good cause,” said tennis participant Ericka Iten. “But most of all, it was fun meeting new faces and feeling that community sense.”

Welcomed by Fred Miller and Dick Kramlich, tournament co-chairs, guests enjoyed remarks from Terry Newmyer, St. Helena Hospital President and CEO, Andreas Sakopoulos, MD, a leading cardiothoracic surgeon at the hospital, and Nancy Baty, USTA chair umpire.

Spirits ran high as Doug King, tournament director, awarded trophies to the day’s winners. The highlight of the evening was the Q & A session emceed by Steve Herber, MD, featuring Ronnie Lott, former San Francisco 49er, and Carmen Policy, past president and CEO of the 49ers.

Ronnie, an All-American who started his career at University of Southern California, was 49ers’ first round draft pick. Ronnie shared his memories of his football days, while his Super Bowl XVI ring was being passed from table to table, admired and photographed by dinner guests.

Carmen, who was named the National Football League (NFL) Executive of the Year by The Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly, also spoke about his time with the 49ers’ and his amazing career with the NFL. Both Ronnie and Carmen continue to garner respect as successful businessmen and philanthropists.

"It was the best fundraiser I've ever been to in my 56 years," said Nancy Baty, a speaker and USTA chair umpire, whose own father battled heart disease his entire life. "It's fundraisers like this that helped my father beat the odds to live to the age of 78."

About St. Helena Hospital: With its many innovative wellness programs and other top quality health care services, including the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center and Coon Joint Replacement Institute, St. Helena Hospital is one of the nation’s premier health care destinations. The Napa Valley based hospital serves its local communities with comprehensive medical care, including cancer, cardiovascular, orthopedic and behavioral health. For more information, visit

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