As some of you know, my father was a national tennis champion and I grew up playing tennis competitively. When I graduated from college and went into magazine publishing, I had the wonderful experience of working for Tennis Hall of Famer Gene Scott at TENNIS WEEK magazine.
While there, I met so many players I still consider dear friends. One of my colleagues was a former pro tennis player named Melissa Brown — who had a win over a second seeded Steffi Graf in a qualifying match for the U.S. Open back in 1983 — still considered one of Graf’s ten top losses! (Read more HERE)
Now married, with three children and five dogs, Melissa and her family divide their time between New York and Florida. She and her 16-year-old daughter, Brianna Subin, created BAKE BACK AMERICA (bakebackamerica.com) in response to the hardship created by Covid-19. Initially, they baked goods for first responders and those in need. Then, quickly expanded their platform to inspire and facilitate individuals and communities to perform acts of kindness showing our collective gratitude.
Their site is a forum to encourage people to bake — or contribute in other ways if baking isn’t possible. They have delivered thousands of meals and baked goods over the past few weeks as well as hundreds of face masks, gloves, beaded bracelets, clothing and thank you cards.
Bake Back America is committed to building bridges between individuals, businesses and communities to assist first responders and those in need.
In addition to helping the sick and hungry, they are also dedicated to providing medical needs for children with diabetes and have partnered with Help a Diabetic Child Foundation.
Hopefully, this concept will reach many people in states throughout the country.
If you don’t bake, you can order a pizza to be delivered, or simply make a financial contribution.
The recipients have been so appreciative!
Check our their web site HERE.