Mind, Body & Spirit

Gootter tourney targets sudden cardiac death

The 6th Annual Gootter Grand Slam weekend will take place March 26 and 27. The event has raised more than $1.5 million to endow the Steven M. Gootter Research Chair for the Prevention and Treatment of Sudden Cardiac Death at the University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center.

In 2010, the foundation, in partnership with the Sarver Heart Center, donated 40 automated external defibrillators to local public and private high schools and other public places such as the Tucson Children’s Museum. The foundation honors Steven M. Gootter, a member of the Jewish community who lost his life to sudden cardiac death at age 42 in 2005.

The March 26 event is a 6:30 p.m. gala dinner at Skyline Country Club. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased at www.gootter.org or by calling 615-6430.

The Grand Slam tennis tournament begins on Sunday, March 27 at 9 a.m. at the Reffkin Tennis Center, 50 S. Alvernon Way. It includes a pro-celebrity challenge match featuring Mats Wilander, former No. 1 ranked player in the world, and Mikael Pernfors, former No. 10 ranked player.

The event includes a health and wellness fair, food and live music. Spectator tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for ages 13 to 18/college students/military. Admission is free for children 12 and under.