Fundraiser combines craft beer, live music and tennis

2014-07-30T06:00:00Z 2014-07-31T10:00:04Z Fundraiser combines craft beer, live music and tennisBy JACI WEBB jwebb@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

For once, George Moncure can combine all of his passions — craft beer, music and tennis.

“Fixing Our Parks One Court at a Time,” set for Saturday, includes an all-ages tennis clinic from 9 a.m. to noon at Pioneer Park followed by a tie-break doubles tournament at 1 p.m. and a live show by the Chicago Afrobeat Project at the Garage Pub, which opens at 4.

Proceeds from the events will go to resurfacing the city’s tennis courts, beginning with North Park.

Moncure, who owns Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co., and fellow tennis advocates Boris Krizek and Robert Powell are working with the North Park Task Force, the Billings Tennis Association and other organizations and businesses to help raise money to fix the city’s tennis courts.

The tennis courts at Pioneer Park and Rose Park are being resurfaced, but Moncure and others want to get to all the city’s courts. The Billings Tennis Association contributed $42,000 to help repair the courts at Pioneer and Rose Park.

“My friends and I play tennis at different parks, but we gravitate to the solitary tennis court at North Park,” Moncure said. “There is always a lot of happiness happening right there among the historic beautiful trees. Despite the fun, the North Park tennis court and basketball court is in need of repair.”

Chicago Afrobeat Project weaves the unique qualities of the Chicago music scene into Western-influenced Nigerian music, adding in elements of hip-hop and exploration of jazz, rock and funk. Formed in 2002, the ensemble includes seven to 14 members working to cultivate social awareness and cultural unity using dance and music.

The all-ages tennis clinic is $30 for adults or $10 for kids. Admission to the clinic also includes admission to the live concert. The doubles tournament in the evening costs $25 to enter. Admission to the tournament also includes admission to the live show.

To register or to find out more, go to www.billingstennis.org.

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