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Featured Picklers: Girls Night Out attendees

Pickleball and toy drive highlight Girls Night Out

More than 40 women pose with items they brought for a toy drive on Girls Night Out.
More than 40 women brought items for a toy drive on Girls Night Out.

Pickleball for charitable causes is nothing new for Marilyn Coffey, a Plant High teacher who helped found Dinking for Donations for students.

Coffey also is part of Girls Night Out with women meeting weekly to play at Hillsborough Community College. Having led that group in a Thanksgiving food drive to benefit Metropolitan Ministries, she was at it again. This time it was a toy drive for that nonprofit


Cathy Kaufman, who along with Maggie McClintock organizes Girls Night Out, welcomed Coffey’s idea for the toy drive. Apparently so did others, with more than 40 women turning out. That represents a substantial increase from the 20-plus players who typically come out.

“An unbelievable turnout. It was incredible,” Kaufman said.

Everyone brought something for the toy drive. Items included games, musical instruments and stuffed animals. Kaufman noted that one woman even donated a microwave and another brought 60 toys for special needs children.

“Everyone has such a big heart from this group,” Coffey said. “We’re helping and we’re having fun.”

Coffey was so intent on playing in the charity event that she missed her daughter’s soccer game. Kelsey, who plays for Plant, occasionally plays pickleball with her mother on Girls Night Out.

“She was obviously very understanding,” Coffey said.

Photo courtesy of Maggie McClintock

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