As the nation’s lone nonprofit organization with the mission of saving infants’ lives by improving pediatric care, the R Baby Foundation has provided $8 million to hospital programs to date and saved over one million lives. The group’s tennis tournament first happened in 2010. Explained founder Jason Pinsky, “Six years ago I saw the foundation was doing a golf event, and I suggested we should do a tennis event. The first year was sort of a test and it went well, and the demand has been high ever since. We bring together a great group of competitive guys for a great cause.” In 2015 and 2016, the group raised more than $500,000 for childcare initiatives including telemedicine with pediatric experts and mobile simulation training programs, along with symposiums, noted Dmitry Druzhinsky.
On Saturday, April 16, MatchPoint NYC hosted the R Baby Foundation’s annual tennis tournament fundraiser for the second consecutive year. The establishment’s co-founder, Dmitry Druzhinsky is pleased to announce at least $250,000 was raised at the event, which saw tennis professionals as well as Wall Street’s leading financers.
Along with sports fans, politicians, business and media professionals, and celebrities gather every year to witness the fast-paced competition. Local figures from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing the ball to the wall since 2015 in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament at MatchPoint NYC. Dmitry Druzhinsky points out that the cross-town rivalry is led by both Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and engages inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity. The event also benefits the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. Celebrating the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO and inspiration behind the creation of the association the tournament originally formed in 2012. Dmitry gladly welcomes this opportunity to support organizations that encouorage a healthy lifestyle to the complex.
Local personalities including politicians, business and media professionals, celebrities, and sports fans gather each year to watch the fast-paced action. Since 2015 leaders from Brooklyn and the Bronx have been smashing the ball to the wall in the Johnny Ray Memorial Pro Wall Ball Tournament, which takes place at MatchPoint NYC. Dmitry Druzhinsky says that the cross-town rivalry is fostered by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. with the goal of engaging inner-city and under-served youth in physical activity, and also benefiting the U.S. Wall Ball Association’s education, anti-violence and anti-obesity initiatives. Started in 2012, the tournament celebrates the life of Jonathan Ray, the late brother of the USWA CEO, and inspiration behind the forming of the association. Dmitry celebrates the opportunity to support organizations which promote a healthy lifestyle at his complex.