Pickleball-A-Thon Charity Tournament


pickleball players


Thank you to our participants, sponsors, and the local community for supporting our inaugural Pickleball-A-Thon Charity Tournament hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Aurora and the Fox Valley Park Foundation on July 15, 2023, at Hupp Park in Aurora! Participants had a great pickleball experience and enjoyed the camaraderie and celebration of community spirit.

Together we raised over $17,000 to help local kids! More kids will learn to swim, go to summer camp, receive a warm coat, enriching books to read, and nourishing food to stay healthy. Thank you for helping us put smiles on their faces!

48 teams competed in pickleball and fundraising, and we congratulate the following winners: 

Division  1st Place  2nd Place 
Men’s Recreational  Dinking Problem 

Jonathan Buettner, Barrett Hickerson 

Golfing Picklers 

Michael Montminy, Jeff Andriga 

Women’s Recreational   BD’s 

Trish Gentry, Michelle Diorio 


Theresa Bryant, Mary St. Jules 

Men’s Competitive  Dill Pickles 

Adam Schroeder, Ron Bowers 

Long Shots 

John Jira, Rodney Johnson 

Mixed Recreational  SORRY 

Christa Mabry, Mike Camiliere 

It’s Mutual 

Christine Leyden, Jeff Gennarelli 

Mixed Competitive  Kinda a Big Dill 

David Worst, Heather Worst 


Brad Bristol, Diane Bristol 


Top Fundraisers 
1st Place  2nd Place  3rd Place 
Gray & Howe 

Clark Gray, Kevin Howe 


Matt Casper, Ben Draus 

Pickled Printers 

Kim Woodin, Matt Woodin 

 We also want to thank our very generous sponsors:  

Dunham Foundation, Oberweis Foundation, Fairview Dental, Kirhofer’s Sports, Alderman Carl Franco, Alderman Bill Donnell, Alderman Ron Woerman, Weldstar, AC’s Pub, Scientel Solutions, Llamas St. Jules LLP, JMM CPA 

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE FOR 2024! The 2024 tournament will be held on Saturday, July 20, with Sunday, July 21 as a rain date. Stay tuned for information next spring about the event.

View our gallery of photos from the event here.