According to The Elisa Project Open Chair Kim Bannister,
Lucky for us, there are great tennis players in Dallas and they have a love for The Elisa Project (TEP). Plans for the 8th annual TEP Open tennis tournament are in full swing, save the date for Friday, November 8, for a fun-filled day hosted by Northwood Club.
The tournament has raised over $80,000 that has allowed TEP to help more than 400 individuals access the care and treatment they require for recovery from eating disorders and other serious mental health issues. This is one of our favorite events of the year because TEP Open is competitive play among friends combined with a life-saving mission.
One person dies every 62 minutes from an eating disorder illness and those living with the disease are 12 times more likely to die by suicide; however, recovery is possible. The earlier treatment begins, the higher the likelihood of recovery, but the journey is long and expensive; an average of 90 days in treatment can cost up to $5,000 a day.
Pick up your racket and enjoy us for a delightful morning of tennis and fun, bits and bites, a delicious lunch, prizes and fabulous raffle items. Team tickets are $250 and individual tickets are $125. For more information on the tennis tournament or to register a team call 214.369.5222 or visit http://theelisaproject.org/events/tep-open/.”
The Elisa Project was founded in 1999, in memory of Elisa McCall, a Dallas high school graduate and University of Texas student, who battled an eating disorder that eventually took her young adult life. Elisa’s parents, Leslie and Rick McCall, founded The Elisa Project, a growing nonprofit passionately committed to the prevention and awareness of eating disorders, promote awareness education of the warning signs, provide access to treatment, and provide support resources for friends and loved-ones.
* Graphic/photo provided by The Elisa Project