Cupid Courts Misericordia brings together paddle players to rally for a cause

By HM Staff

One Friday every February, the paddle community of the western suburbs put aside their competitive nature and enjoy a day of fun paddle tennis play for a good cause. For the past 12 years, a group of women passionate about the game of paddle tennis and lead by Gretchen McCarty and Katy Lee, have hosted Cupid Courts Misericordia, a day of friendly paddle play to raise money for Misericordia Home. This event has grown in popularity and raises over $75,000 a year. Participants include almost 150 women from Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, LaGrange, Western Springs, Oak Brook and Burr Ridge. Paddle tennis pros from the area donate lessons, equipment and time to this event each year along with over 50 business and families who sponsor and donate raffle items.

Patti Cella, Katie Hartigan, Sarah Estep, Emily Collins, Colleen Murphy, Colleen Quinn at the 2021 event

Misericordia’s rich history of care is a credit to the kindness of thousands of generous supporters. Founded in 1921, Misericordia currently supports over 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities from diverse racial, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. This most vulnerable population lives in an environment of respect and beauty where they are challenged to be their best, thanks to the loving care of Misericordia staff and volunteers. This year, organizers are anticipating over 150 women will support and participate in this all-lever paddle tennis mixer on Friday, February 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.. Lunch will be served following play and raffle prizes. A men’s evening event began in 2021 and will be expanded this year to three local area clubs. Visit for more information.

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