Since 2007, Diana Fiske has organized a round robin tennis tournament at Fishers Island’s Hay Harbor Club to raise money for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. “Pretty much everyone I know has a parent or friend who has been afflicted with Alzheimer’s,” says Fiske.
Hay Harbor Club member Alison McCance was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2004, and Fiske learned about Cure Alzheimer’s Fund through Alison’s husband, Henry McCance, a co-founder of the organization where “every single penny goes directly toward finding a cure.”
Seven years ago Fiske rallied a group of women to support the cause, and every July they fill all 11 courts, playing to raise money for a cure—starting with the $25 entry fee. Every uttered “sorry” during a game costs $1 and expletives cost $10 each. “This year we had 44 players ranging in age from 20 to 84,” Fiske notes.
At the start of the tournament Fiske reminds everyone why they’re there—to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. “Over the years, a remarkable 125 women have participated, and we’ve donated more than $23,000 to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. It’s been a real team effort, from our pro, Ramsey Hoehn, donating his time and tennis balls, to the club providing the courts and refreshments. It’s a lot of fun, too,” says Fiske.