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The 2 top pictures are of me at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece!  Unforgettable and priceless memories! :)
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Dear LATTA Members & Table Tennis Friends:
 
I hope you all are aware & understand the difficulties LATTA & I are experiencing during COVID-19 pandemic.  Since end of March, LATTA has suffered a big financial loss of $3,000-$4000/month due to COVID-19.  Some have said “Try to hang in.  A vaccine may be available by the end of the year.”  I don’t know if we can continue to endure big losses for that long.  Plus, even if there’s a vaccine, gyms and all other businesses have been forever changed & effected!  I will re-evaluate the situation in the near future to decide on the fate of LATTA.  It’s truly very heartbreaking, as LATTA has been a sanctuary of fun, family, health, & safety for countless people to play at.  Numerous friendships have been formed for a lifetime.  Many LATTA activities has been either canceled or reduced drastically while we still have to pay big LATTA monthly rent and all utilities.  LATTA Landlord is NOT reducing rent despite my pleas.
 
Canceled LATTA  Activities:
 

  1. Monthly USATT sanctioned tournament (this was a major factor in paying rent)
  2. No weekend group lessons because parents are afraid to bring their kids
 
Reduced LATTA  Activities:
 
  1. Monthly & Annual Membership revenues are down by at least 50-60% 
  2. Coaching for myself and other LATTA coaches is down by 25%-50%
  3. 1 day pass visitors from recreational strangers are down by 60%
  4. Coaching floor fee revenues from LATTA Coaches are down by 25-50%
  5. Equipment sales are down by 20%
 
We have about $7500 in fixed costs per month that will not be covered with our current revenue.  LATTA MEMBERS, PLEASE CONTINUE TO PAY MEMBERSHIP FEES REGARDLESS IF YOU ARE COMING TO PLAY OR NOT.  We rely greatly on membership fees to stay open & pay big rent and all utilities.  PLEASE HELP MAKE A FINANCIAL DONATION TO LATTA.  A list of Donor’s names & amount will be posted at LATTA and in upcoming email newsletters. 
 
For players in CA, it is essential that LATTA remains open for years to come.  For clubs around the country, it is essential that we stay open.  Why? LATTA has been operating full-time for 22 consecutive years (since 1998)!  We have been based in El Monte for the last 11 years! From 1998 to 2008, we have produced 2 US Olympic Team Members, myself, Tawny Banh (2000 & 2004) and Crystal Huang (2008).   LATTA is one of the most recognized clubs promoting our beloved sport, running one of the best monthly tournaments and weekly round robins, as well as finding new ways to recruit and bring people together in a family-friendly environment of fun, fellowship and exercise.  We believe that LATTA will continue to grow more and more in the years to come, with the goal of reaching 30 yrs in business and service to the entire U.S. table tennis community.  However, we CAN’T do it alone! We need your help!  Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
 
Again, please help make a donation to LATTA.  We need it now more than ever! 
 
  1. Mail a check, please make it payable to LATTA
LATTA
10180 Valley Blvd.
El Monte, CA 91731
 
  1.  Zelle:  tawnybanh@yahoo.com
  2. Paypal:  lattatb@yahoo.com (please select friends)
  3. Gofundme page will be developed in the upcoming days.
 
Thank you for your continued support,

 

Tawny Banh
LATTA President
2004 & 2000 US Olympian
1994-2007 US National Team
Pan Am Games Gold/Silver/Bronze Medalist (7 Total)
3-Time US National Women’s Doubles Champion
US & CA Table Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee (2014)
USATT West Region Tournament Sanctioning Coordinator (2018 to Present)

 

Address:
LATTA
10180 Valley Blvd.
El Monte, CA 91731
(behind El Monte Car Wash)
Cell:  626-927-8670

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