HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- The 2016 Mayor's Cup took place Sunday afternoon with reigning champ Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle facing off against Madison Mayor Paul Finley. Proceeds from the charitable tennis match supported Susie's Wish, a non-profit organization that sends patients with cancer to the beach.
Susie's Wish was started in honor of Susie Edwards, a Huntsville television news journalist who was diagnosed with cancer at 34. Susie's last wish was to go to the beach, but unfortunately she never got the chance.
"Susie's Wish was formed, it's our way to send other people in her place who couldn't make it, so as of yet we've sent 11 patients to the beach with their families and we're hoping after this event we'll be able to send plenty more," said Susie's Wish founder and president Georgina Chapman.
Mayor Tommy Battle came back this year to defend his title as the reigning champ, but having another shot at the trophy isn't what's on his mind.
"Today's not about winning, losing, or anything else, it's more about raising money for a great cause," said Mayor Battle.
Mayor Battle said he was excited to play Mayor Finley in this light, because it takes some of the edge off of their working relationship.
"One city right next to the other, sometimes you have things you just have to talk out, and having the fun things in there helps you get to know the person and it's better to be talking to them beforehand than after," he said.
Mayor Finley agreed, saying it's so important for the two cities to come together, especially for such a great cause.
"Well we buried a hatchet in 2008 and it helps show folks the unity that our cities wanted to have, it's just one more event that shows that unity means something, it goes to the non-profits that help our community so much," said Finley.
And after a hard-fought match, Mayor Battle came away victorious once again, and gets to keep his Mayor's Cup trophy for the second year in a row. But, Mayor Finley said they'll be back next year, and he's looking forward to a rematch.