By Kirk Sanderson
The Mitchell Thorp Foundation (MTF) says this year’s Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash at the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad raised $95,000.
The money goes to the foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by Carlsbad residents Brad and Beth Thorp in honor of their teenage son, Mitchell, who died of an undiagnosed illness in 2008.
The Mitchell Thorp Foundation, Beth Thorp says, has four programs “that have given families relief from their desperate situations. Ninety-three cents of every dollar goes to these programs to help families and their children. MTF pays the vendor directly to ensure children receive all the care they need. MTF programs include the Medical and Home Assistance Program, Healing and Rehabilitation, the Conversion Mobility Van Program and the Youth Leadership Council, empowering our youth through MTF’s Leadership Training program to make a difference in the community in which they serve.”
Beth Thorp in an email to supporters writes, “Thank you to everyone who came out to the Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash Party on July 16, 2017. It was a huge success, and we could not have done this without your help. We wanted to also thank San Diego Aviators World Team Tennis, Pillars of Hope Award recipients Dr. Andrew Accardi and Dr. George Tidmarsh, and Auctioneer Darren Diess.”
According to Beth Thorp, more than 150 people attended this year’s Pillars of Hope Tennis Smash Party, and 26 kids took part in the tennis clinic.
The Thorps discussed the pain and stress of losing their beloved son, Mitchell, to an undiagnosed disease and explained how important it is to encourage, support and uplift families going through similar situations.
Guests bid on both silent and live auction items, ate a gourmet dinner, and enjoyed auctioneer Darren Diess. Professional tennis players Shelby Rogers and Darija Jurak also made an appearance at the Tennis Smash Party before the match, urging the attendees to give to this cause.
The Pillars of Hope award was handed to Dr. Andrew Accardi with Scripps Hospital and Dr. George Tidmarsh with La Jolla Pharmaceutical. After the Tennis Smash Party, attendees met with their children at the professional tennis match where Shelby Rogers of the San Diego Aviators faced off with Maria Sharapova of the Orange County Breakers.