The inaugural Pickle for Pink Pro-Am Charity Pickleball Tournament hosted by E11EVEN Vodka generated over $60,000 for the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation. The event was hosted at the private residences of Nikki and Michael Simkins (Nikki is the CEO and Chairwoman of E11EVEN Vodka. It featured eight teams competing in a single-elimination Pickleball tournament; each group consisted of one pro Pickleball player and one amateur. E11EVEN Vodka tapped Matt Manasse, Pickleball coach to the stars, to host the tournament. Participants included top-ranked professional players Parris Todd (Top 5 Pro Women’s Singles), Ryan Sherry (Top 10 Pro Men’s Singles), Heather Nobler, Martina Kochli, Joey Farias, Milan Rane, Brandon Hubshman and Taylor Niss.
Pro player Heather Nobler and her teammate Mark Groussman won the tournament after exciting matches against pro player Parris Todd and her teammate Michael Simkins. Throughout the day, guests enjoyed bites from Miami hotspots Bottled Blonde and Bodega Taqueria y Tequila, and specialty cocktails courtesy of E11EVEN Vodka with mixers and garnishes by Fever-Tree, Filthy Food and South Beach Syrup. While presenting the winners with their trophies, Nikki Simkins announced that E11EVEN Vodka would be donating over $60,000 to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation; the funds were generated from the proceeds from both the Pickle for Pink event as well as 11% of sales of the brand’s special edition pink bottles during October.
Other sponsors included E11EVEN Miami, E11EVEN Crypto, Braman Miami, JS Jems showcasing the art of Jonathan Schultz, Brooklyn’s Best, Joola, Zhantra, and Morelia Paletas, and Cali Water.