• Searle wins 3rd annual table tennis classic -

    Forty-eight players in three divisions battled for more than five hours Jan. 28 in front of 300 guests, with Dr. Thomas Searle, OB/GYN of Flagler Hospital, eventually capturing honors in The Third Annual All American Air Table Tennis Classic staged at The River House.

    “Open Your Heart for the Arts” hosted by the All American Air Charitable Foundation provided participants and guests the opportunity to support three chosen local arts organizations: Children’s Museum of St. Johns, Limelight Theatre, and the St. Johns County Center for the Arts at St. Augustine High School.

    This year’s recipients each received a check for $8,000 to fund their programs, as the tournament raised nearly $25,000.

  • Table tennis event is hospice benefit -

    Steve and Christine Chapman’s St. Augustine Beach was transformed into a classic Valentine setting earlier this month to help raise funds for Northeast Florida Community Hospice and the Bailey Center for Caring on the Flagler Hospital campus.

    Celebrating the turn-of-the-century parlor game of table tennis, a full, competitive tournament, the Second Annual All American Air Table Tennis Classic, was hosted by the Chapmans and their new All American Air Charitable Foundation. The tournament is organized and run by Derek May, former publisher of The St. Augustine Record, and his father, Pete May, both of whom have impressive table tennis credentials. Derek is a former U.S. National Table Tennis team member and past alternate for the U.S. Olympic team for this popular sport. His father, Pete, is a seven-time Georgia state table tennis champion in the sport, which, in some circles, is known as ‘ping-pong.’

  • Some 300 attend project 2-4-20 event -

    On a recent Saturday evening more than 300 gathered for what was termed a night to remember -- a celebration of Project 2-4-20.

    The occasion was the inaugural ALS Gala charity event, a celebration to continue the journey toward achieving a mission Keith Jones created. Project 2-4-20 was his goal - to live one day past his 50th birthday.

    He did not reach his goal, as more than a year ago, at age 38, he lost his battle with ALS. However, a dedicated group of friends and relatives has united to continue Keith’s mission to raise funds for ALS in hopes of finding a cure and providing hope for patients diagnosed with this horrible disease.

    “It was a wonderful evening of dinner, dancing, a skeet shoot off, and lots of fun at the Rod & Gun Club,” Alicia Young Jones, Keith’s widow says of the recent celebration.

  • Table tennis event aids junior Services League -

    Christine Chapman silently thanked her house guests Saturday night. Chapman and her husband, Steve Chapman, hosted throngs of people Saturday at their Crescent Beach home for the All American Air Table Tennis Classic, benefiting the Junior Service League of St. Augustine.

    Christine Chapman, struck silent by laryngitis, carried calligraphic cards explaining her condition and thanking those in attendance.

    “It’s incredible,” Steve Chapman said. “We’re really pleased to have all these people here. “We’ve had a lot of charitable events here. But this one is competitive.”

    St. Augustine Record Publisher Derek May, a former alternate on the U.S. Olympic Table Tennis Team, played an exhibition match against his father, Pete, an erstwhile Georgia ping-pong champion.

    “I just know Steve and Christine are great people, and anything I can do for them, I’ll try to do,” said Jason Jahnel, who lost an early tournament match cheered on by girlfriend Laura Duke. “I just wish I was a little better of a player.”.