Match point: 24th an­nual Chris Evert/Ray­mond James Pro-Celebrity Ten­nis Clas­sic set for Nov. 15-17

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Since 1969, ten­nis leg­end and South Florida phi­lan­thropist Chris Evert has hosted a pro-celebrity event as part of her on-go­ing cam­paign to raise funds to fight drug abuse and child ne­glect through­out Florida. Her ef­forts have re­sulted in con­tri­bu­tions in ex­cess of $20.6 mil­lion, in­clud­ing $600,000 in 2012.

The pop­u­lar “Chris Evert/Ray­mond James Pro-Celebrity Ten­nis Clas­sic” will re­turn for its 24th year, and kick­ing off the fes­tiv­i­ties will be a pri­vate pro-am cock­tail re­cep­tion at the Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club, Nov. 15, fol­lowed by two days of pro-celebrity ten­nis at the Del­ray Beach Sta­dium & Ten­nis Center on Nov. 16 and 17.

Celebri­ties com­mit­ted to at­tend in­clude ac­tors Jon Lovitz, Scott Fo­ley, Alan Thicke and Kevin McKidd; ac­tresses Lisa Rinna and Maeve Quin­lan; mu­si­cians Gavin Ross­dale and David Cook; and ten­nis jour­nal­ist and his­to­rian Bud Collins.

Martina Navratilova and Mats Wi­lan­der, a pair of in­ter­na­tional Hall of Fame play­ers, will high­light a group of for­mer pro ten­nis stars who will match up with celebri­ties on the ten­nis court. Pa­trick McEn­roe, Lisa Ray­mond, Brad Gil­bert, Pam Shriver and Ren­nae Stubbs are also re­turn­ing to par­tic­i­pate.

Chris Evert Char­i­ties part­ners with the Ounce of Preven­tion Fund of Florida, blend­ing state and pri­vate dol­lars to in­vest in in­no­va­tive, com­mu­nity-based pro­grams that give chil­dren a chance to live free from drug abuse and ne­glect.

Ti­tle spon­sor Ray­mond James Fi­nan­cial heads a group of ad­di­tional spon­sors that in­clude: All On Stage Pro­duc­tions, At­las Party Rental, Boca by De­sign, Mar­riott Boca Ra­ton at Boca Center, Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club, Broward Health Chris Evert Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, City of Del­ray Beach, Clear Chan­nel Ra­dio, Esurance, In­spi­ra­tions for Youth and Fam­i­lies, Lom­bardo & Part­ners, Merle Woods & As­so­ci­ates, Mike Sipe En­ter­tain­ment Events & Pro­duc­tions, Palm Beach Rat­tan, Printzilla, Rolex, Rooms to Go, Ruth’s Chris Steak House Boca Ra­ton, Shopify, Swiss In­ter­na­tional Air Lines, The Sea­gate Ho­tel & Spa, Wright By The Sea, Wyn­d­ham Deer­field Beach Re­sort and Wyn­d­ham Boca Ra­ton.

Tick­ets for the pro-celebrity ten­nis event range in price from $20 to $90. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets are $20. In­di­vid­ual club seats, with seat backs, are $40 per day, or $70 for the weekend. Plat­inum-level seat­ing is $90 per day, or $175 for the two-day ses­sion.

Tick­ets for the Esurance gala din­ner dance on Satur­day evening at the Boca Ra­ton Re­sort & Club, are $750.

A Blues Brothers trib­ute by the Jake and El­wood Blues Re­vue will pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment, while pro­ceeds from the evening’s live and silent auc­tions will also go to char­ity.

To pur­chase tick­ets, call Chris Evert Char­i­ties at 561-394-2400 or visit www.chri­sev­ert.org.

Chris Evert, left, and Martina Navratilova 2012 check pre­sen­ta­tion: Ren­nae Stubbs, left,Kevin McKidd, David Cook, Brad Gil­bert, Chris Evert, Alan Thicke, Martina Navratilova, He­lio Cas­tron­eves, Jon Lovitz, Maeve Quin­lan and Brenda SchultzMcCarthy (Photo by Su­san Mul­lane) Elis­a­beth Shue hit­ting a fore­hand at the 2012 Chris Evert Ray­mond James Pro-Celebrity Ten­nis Clas­sic

David Cook, left, and Mur­phy Jensen

He­lio Cas­tron­eves, left, and Adri­ana He­nao on the red car­pet at the 2012 Gala Din­ner Dance

Davis Guggen­heim, left, and Elis­a­beth Shue Guggen­heim

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