The MIPIM LandAid Tennis Classic 2016 in association with BNP Paribas Real Estate has raised a record £16,710 for the children's charity LandAid.
And as sponsorship monies continue to roll in, the event founders say there's still time for people to contribute to the fund raising venture.
This year organised by White Label Creative, the second annual 'Make A Racket' event at Cannes Tennis Club (Wednesday, 16th March) has already more than doubled the amount raised last year for LandAid, the property industry charity that works to improve the lives of children and young people in the UK.
Now the delighted founding partners, Anthony Tokatly from JPW Real Estate, James Lugg of Folio UK, Martin Skinner of Inspired Homes and Anthony Lorenz of The Lorenz Consultancy, are planning to make the event even bigger for next year.
"A lot of people come to Cannes and have a lot of lobster and a lot of champagne and caviar, so we thought we would put something back into the community by staging Make a Racket for LandAid," said Mr Tokatly.
"This year's tournament was really good fun and we raised a lot of money. Long may it continue and I hope we make double the amount next year."
And fellow founding partner Mr Lorenz said: "Today was the result of a crazy idea which we had when four of us were playing tennis at MIPIM two years ago. In the first year we raised £7,000 and this year we are almost at £20,000. We plan to make it a regular feature at MIPIM and I hope people continue to give generously and sponsor the event, as LandAid is a really good charity."
More than 100 spectators braved a cold wind and rain to watch 28 property industry players compete for the LandAid MIPIM Tennis Classic 2016 'Make A Racket' Shield. After two hours of a round-robin tournament, Steven Skinner (pictured above, right) of BNP Paribas Real Estate emerged as overall winner, following a hard fought final. Second place was taken by Matt Paulson-Ellis, third place by Paul Monaghan and fourth place by James Lugg.
Make A Racket combined top flight amateur tennis and superb hospitality at one of the oldest tennis clubs in the world, where spectators sipped champagne while listening to a live jazz band. The event was hosted by broadcaster James Max, Executive Director and Member of the Board of BNP Paribas Real Estate, who described it as a "fun event that has raised a great sum for charity."
An additional £500 was raised on the day through a champagne raffle. While a further £800 was donated to Cannes Community Fund.
Commenting on behalf of headline sponsor BNP Paribas, CEO John Slade said: "We've had a lot of fun today – it was really very good. We were delighted to sponsor the tournament – the rain just about held off and we enjoyed some really good tennis. It was a great way to spend Wednesday morning here at MIPIM, to raise some money for LandAid which is an extremely worthwhile charity."
Play started with an exhibition match between John Slade of BNP Paribas Real Estate, James Lugg of Folio UK, Darryl Flay of Essential Living, and Ben Hall of Loft Interiors.
Liz Peace, Chairman of LandAid and former chief executive of the British Property Federation, and Max Artuso, First Officer of the Mayor of Cannes' Office presented the trophies to the prize winners.
After the prize-giving John Slade presented the cheque for £16,710, to Paul Morrish, Chief Executive of LandAid, who said: "I would like to thank the organisers, the players and the sponsors for raising this fantastic amount of money for LandAid. We are hugely grateful and I think people had a brilliant day despite the fact that it was a little chilly and wet."
Make A Racket donated £800 to the Cannes' Community Fund and a delighted Mr Artuso commented: "Thank you for the donation. I would like to congratulate you and your colleagues for having been able to hold your charity event, despite those bad weather conditions. Winter is winter, even in Cannes! I hope the nice atmosphere of the award-giving contributed a little bit to help forget the cold!"
Anyone still wishing to donate to the fund, can still do so by sponsoring the players online at www.mipimtennis.org
The players who competed were: David Barry, Anthony Epenetos, Darryl Flay, Mark Granger, Ben Hall, Simon Heilpern, Andy Jansons, Randa Khayyat, Andrew Knight, James Lugg, Tim Macpherson, Mark McAlister, Paul Monaghan, Will Hicks, Matt Paulson-Ellis, Nicholas Proctor, Mike Prosser, Steven Skinner, Martin Skinner, John Slade, Anthony Tokatly, James Waterhouse, Amy Hope-Smith, Charlie Hustler, Paul Noall, David Rabee, Michael Magee, and Anthony Lorenz.
As well as the founders – JPW Real Estate, Folio UK, Inspired Homes and The Lorenz Consultancy – the event was sponsored by: Arc & Co., Assael, Essential Living, Estates Gazette, hyperoptic, Lendinvest, Loft-Interiors, London at MIPIM, and RGB Group. Special thanks to Daniel Killoran of Nudge Point.