KidWorks’ Popular Women’s Pickleball for a Purpose event nets nearly $80,000 for the Nonprofit’s College Success Initiative™

Held April 11, the latest KidWorks’ Women’s Pickleball event drew women who came to play for a great cause on the pickleball courts at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club.

The highly successful fundraising initiative is the brainchild of a committee of dedicated women who want to assist the Santa Ana-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides academic, personal development, and leadership programs for children and teens in overlooked communities.

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Members of the tournament committee (L-R): Lori Junkins, Kathy Ursini, Wendy Hafer Cox, Beth Hallett, Lisa Gels, Debbie Trammell, Holly Anderson, C.C. Knowles, Janet DiChiro, Kim Carpenter, Sharon Rinker, Jill Schriber and Kyle Team

This time, the popular tournament raised more than $80,000 – a record for the event – for the KidWorks’ College and Career Initiative, which prepares first-generation college students for higher education beyond high school and includes the nonprofit’s College Apps Academy, Campus Crash along with engagement with KidWorks’ college counselors, care packages for its college students and more. Over the last four years, the KidWorks’ Pickleball event has raised more than $300,000 in total.

“Your support ensures our deserving students will continue to benefit from robust college and career programs,” said KidWorks CEO and Executive Director David Benavides. “Activities like our College Apps Academy, Campus Crash and mentorship programs are designed to prepare first generation, low-income students on their journey towards college success.”

The 2024 event committee members from Newport Beach are chair Debbie Trammell, along with Kathy Ursini, Lori Junkins, Heather Gaughan, Sharon Roy, Jill Schriber, Wendy Hafer Cox, Susie Luer, Beth Hallett, Sharon Rinker, Holly Anderson and Kyle Team, who is also a KidWorks board member. Other committee members are Janet Dichiro and C.C. Knowles of Corona del Mar and Betsy Flynn of Laguna Hills. Also participating in the event is Leslie Seidner, a member of the KidWorks Advisory Council and resident of Newport Beach.

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Men in foursome (L-R): Steve Zotovich of Corona del Mar, owner of Zotovich Vineyards & Winery; Tom Schriber of Newport Beach, chairman emeritus at Donahue Schriber and a KidWorks donor; Joe DiChiro of Corona del Mar and Doug Ammerman of Laguna Beach

Event Sponsors included: Presenting Sponsor – The Gaughan Family; Court Sponsor – Oltmans Construction Co., Champions Of The Court – The Ammerman Family, Frome Family Foundation, Jeri and Danny McKenna and the Schlinger Family Foundation; Darling Dinkers – Wendy Hafer Cox, Cathy Frandsen, Beth Hallet, MB Realty Solutions, Shelly Read and Claudette Shaw; Queens Of The Kitchen – Kathleen Bauer, Helen Fedalan, KPMG, Susie Luer, Schriber Family Fund, Kyle Team and Sandra Wirta; Lovely Lobbers – Heather Ashwill, Christine Anderson, Holly Anderson, Kim Carpenter, Victoria Clement, Tammi Cluck, Sandy DeYoung, Susan Graham, Irrelevant Team, Georgina Jacobson Group – Global Luxury Coldwell Banker Realty, C.C. Knowles, Heidi Lynn, Charlotte Saydah, Barb Siegel, Kathy Ursini and Veloz – Lori & Mitch Junkins. The rosé wine sponsor was Monette Zotovich, Zotovich Vineyards & Winery.

For the past decade, nearly 100 percent of KidWorks’ high school students have graduated on time and have gone on to pursue higher education.

Since 1993, KidWorks has helped children, youth and families living in under-resourced neighborhoods in central Santa Ana, California. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, KidWorks makes an 18-year commitment to its students walking with students from “Pre-K through B.A.”

KidWorks develops students who are:

–Life Ready: Developing the whole person so they can make wise decisions and thrive.

–Learners: Educating students so they have a brighter future.

–Leaders: Preparing young leaders who make a difference.

The outcome is self-reliant young adults who are equipped to succeed in life and are motivated to give back.

For nearly a decade, KidWorks has celebrated that almost 100% of their high school seniors graduated on-time and all continued their education. They are also proud to report that 75% of their college students returned to school this fall. In addition to their traditional after-school programs, they added supplemental support to better meet the needs of their students and families.

To learn more about the next event, which is set for April 24, 2025 at The Tennis Club at Newport Beach Country Club, visit

To learn more about KidWorks and to read its success stories, visit


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