The story of the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic (PTATC) is an amazing one. Ron and Mary Ann Peterson created the PTATC in 1986 when their 12 year-old daughter Julieann was diagnosed with leukemia. Their mission was to raise money to provide the medical professionals at Children’s Minnesota a means and a way to research, while still being able to perform the crucial efforts of treating children with cancer.
At that time, there were no meaningful tumor registries and protocols for how to treat many cancers with a high degree of success. The Peterson’s wanted to give back after receiving such great care for their daughter and contribute towards the fight to end pediatric cancer. The Jacobson family of the Pine Tree Apple Orchard stepped up to provide the “seed” money to start the event which raised $15,000 in 1986.
Thirty-three years later, the PTATC now hosts more than 110 of the area’s top men’s and women’s tennis players during this annual, mixed doubles tournament. To date, the PTATC has raised over $5 million for children’s cancer research.