Colin White, of Darien, and Rob Blosio Jr., of New Canaan, defeated New Canaan residents R.P. Beuerlein, Nick Bognon and Brian O'Hara for the title at Battle with a Paddle, a platform tennis tournament benefiting AmeriCares on March 7.

Twenty-five teams competed in the event at The Country Club of New Canaan -- the first of its kind to benefit the emergency response and global health organization. Players raised more than $7,000 for AmeriCares health programs worldwide. Eliza Kontulis and Robbie Bland, of New York City, took home the consolation prize.

"Our goal was to energize supporters in a community where AmeriCares has deep roots, and we exceeded our expectations," said Holly Donaldson, of AmeriCares. "We are thrilled with the success of the inaugural event and hope to make it an annual competition."

AmeriCares was founded in New Canaan in 1982 by longtime residents Bob and Leila Macauley. Over the years, the organization has helped people in crisis in 164 countries with its global health programs and medical aid deliveries.

Donaldson, a New Canaan native, organized the tournament along with AmeriCares Young Leaders Blosio and Sara Krivoshik.

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