COSTA MESA — South Coast Plaza was likely to be out of tennis gear this weekend because practically every player and spectator at the 12th annual Wood Racquet Classic was rocking white shorts, polos and crazy socks. Seriousness was checked at the door, but style was definitely required with the RSVP.
Held at co-founders Clay Peterson and Johnny McCray's adjoining homes on East 20th Street, the yearly event attracted an estimated 1,000 people — more guests than last year by about 30% — to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.
Becca Peterson, Clay Peterson's wife, said every year the day raises $15,000 to $20,000.
Representatives from the John Wayne Cancer Foundation were on hand, even putting a bedazzled racquet up for auction. The racquet is part of the foundation's Children's Healing Project, an art therapy program designed for pediatric cancer patients.