Record crowds at celebrity match

-Melissa McRobbie
Saturday September 21, 2002

A step in the fight against breast cancer was made last weekend, when sports and entertainment celebrities raised $200,000 at Berkeley’s Alta Bates Summit 2000 Celebrity Classic. 

The celebrity lineup included KTVU-TV’s Faith Fancher as master of ceremonies, comedian Bob Sarlatte as the headline entertainment and a variety of exhibition matches including a face-off between tennis greats Tracy Austin and Zina Garrison. 

“People loved the quality of the tennis, it was a beautiful day, and the energy from the crowd was electric,” said Steve Lundin, president of the Alta Bates Summit Foundation. 

Proceeds from the event will go to the Comprehensive Breast Center, a soon-to-be built breast cancer diagnostic center and prevention clinic at Alta Bates Summit, at 2450 Ashby Ave. 

Lundin said breast cancer screening at the new center will be “unparalleled in Northern California” in its speed and accuracy.