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Superstar John McEnroe to Highlight The Kennedy Funding Invitational Tennis Tournament, July 9-13, 2008

Sponsorship Proceeds Will Benefit The Leslie Simon Breast Care Center at

Englewood Hospital, and Nyack Hospital

HACKENSACK, N.J., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- John McEnroe, former World No. 1 player, will make his highly anticipated debut in The Kennedy Funding Invitational for 2008, July 9-13. The Kennedy Funding Invitational is a benefit tournament for two area hospital breast care centers. Co-Directors James Miller, Mitch Klein, and Kevin Wolfer have put together one of the finest competitions in the U.S., which will feature top competitors from around the world who are ranked in the ATP top 100 -- including last year's Invitational winner Michael Russell, Justin Gimelstob, Sam Querry and others. Also featuring a special appearance by former tennis great Aaron Krickstein in a celebrity doubles match.

2008 is the third year of the annual Kennedy tournament, which is becoming recognized by pundits and fans alike as one of the pre-eminent tennis events of the year in the New York Metro area. Proponents involved in the fight against breast cancer see it as a welcome venue for donated funding. 2007's Invitational resulted in over $625,000 being donated to the breast care centers at Englewood Hospital in New Jersey and Nyack Hospital in New York. The legendary Pete Sampras, former Men's #1 player, came to the tournament to play an exhibition Celebrity match against Justin Gimelstob and said, "I'm happy to be a part of it. I'm happy to help. Breast cancer is something that's been a part of my family. It's a tough disease, and I'm just happy to help out a little bit and play a little tennis." The crowd was delighted to see Sampras, and cheered wildly while he was on the court. All tickets for the Sampras Celebrity match were spoken for long before day of the event.

As a special added bonus for 2008, The Kennedy Funding Invitational will feature an appearance by another legendary former World No. 1-ranked player: the unforgettable John McEnroe, playing in an eagerly awaited celebrity exhibition match on July 13. During his acclaimed career, McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles -- three at Wimbledon and four at the U.S. Open -- nine Grand Slam Men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He is remembered for his shot-making artistry and supreme volleying, for his matches against Bjorn Borg, for his fiery on-court temperament, which frequently landed him in contention with umpires and tennis authorities, and for the catchphrase 'You cannot be serious!' He was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1999. After a 12-year absence from the professional tour, McEnroe returned to top-level doubles competition in 2006, and became the oldest male player to win a top-level title in 30 years at San Jose, California.

The setting for the tournament will once again be the prestigious Dellwood Country Club in New City, NY, with its 12 Har True tennis courts, 18-hole Tilinghast-designed golf course, sumptuous banquet facilities, and beautifully landscaped surroundings. Players will be competing for over $250,000 in prize money during a week-long event inspired by the passing of a beloved friend and valued member of the community.

Leslie Simon lost her battle with breast cancer early in 2006. Says Kevin Wolfer, "Leslie was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, and a dear friend to everyone who knew her. Thanks to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, she was treated by the pre-eminent facility in the country, and everything available was done to help her during her painful transition. Knowing that Englewood Hospital is on the forefront of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, Kennedy Funding conceived The Kennedy Funding Invitational both as a fitting tribute to Leslie, and to ensure that Englewood Hospital will receive the financial support necessary to continue fighting this insidious disease." In honor of Leslie Simon, Englewood Hospital's breast care facility was re-named The Leslie Simon Breast Care and Cytodiagnosis Center in 2007.

Also benefiting from The Kennedy Funding Invitational for 2008 is Nyack Hospital in New York. The Union State Bank Cancer Center at Nyack Hospital was the 2005 recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, given to only 9% of programs surveyed. The center's comprehensive breast cancer program features a one-stop experience for breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and support, with access to both 'high technology' clinical research protocols and 'high touch' supportive therapies. The Breast Care Program professionals believe that caring for women right in their own community makes a tremendous difference in both their own and their family's health.

Admission to The Kennedy Funding Invitational is free to the public. Admission to the John McEnroe Celebrity matches requires tickets. All proceeds will go to The Leslie Simon Breast Care Center at Englewood Hospital and Nyack Hospital Breast Care Center.

Sponsorships for The Kennedy Funding Invitational 2008 are now available. For more information, call Kevin Wolfer at (800) 342-8500 or Mitch Klein at (845) 634-4674 or online at

Kennedy Funding is a commercial real estate lending company that specializes in unconventional financing where speed and attention to special circumstances are critical. Their unique lending program has made Kennedy Funding one of the largest direct, private lenders in the country. Kennedy Funding recognizes the importance of speed, and that loans must often be structured around each client's unique set of financial circumstances. Their program has been providing lightning-fast service and creative funding solutions throughout North America since 1987.

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