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