The RITA (Research Is The Answer) Foundation was started in 1997 to help raise funds for breast cancer research and programs in the Jacksonville area. To date, the foundation has donated over $ 4,600.000.00. It grew from its humble beginnings of one event by Chuck and Nancy Jantz to several different events ranging from tennis tournaments, black tie galas, 5 K run/walks, and a golf tournament. SenioRITAs at Sawgrass was developed in 2000 under the RITA umbrella, catering to age appropriate tennis ladies 40 and over. In October, 2017 SenioRITAs matches were held at Sawgrass Country Club with the event raising $ 113,000. 100% of the proceeds from RITA events remain local.
With the addition of our new Mixed Doubles event at Sawgrass and The RITA Championships at Deerwood Country Club, all proceeds will be funding Cancer Research and Endowments. Dr. Al Copland at Mayo Clinic received $ 45,000 for his NNN cancer research and the balance went into our endowments; $ 180,000 at Mayo and $ 400,000 at the Baptist Foundation. Our primary recipients, UF Health (Shands) has received $ 1,500,000, and both Baptist and Mayo have received over $ 1,000,000 each in grants since 1997..
The RITA Foundation is an all-volunteer 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) public non-profit corporation registered with the State of Florida and the Internal Revenue Service. Last year, the Deercreek Women’s Alliance supported both The RITA Championships and SenioRITAs at Sawgrass with a bronze level sponsorship as well as over twelve ladies playing in the weekend matches. We are grateful to donate to this wonderful organization. Thank you to Chuck and Nancy Jantz for their continued fundraising efforts. To learn more about The RITA Foundation, please visit their web-site at www.the-rita-foundation.org.