Published On: Mon, Nov 25th, 2019

2019 Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic 30th Annual Weekend Wrap-Up

Barry Gibb and Chris Evert

Barry Gibb and Chris Evert

Boca Raton, FL – The 30th Annual Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic presented by Chase Private Client wrapped up a successful weekend by raising $800,000 for its ongoing campaign against drug abuse and child neglect.

The monies go toward programs that are funded through the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and through the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County.
“This was one of the most exciting events in our 30-year history,” said Evert. “Having Barry Gibb play at the Gala was a dream come true and really helped us reach our fundraising goal for this year!”
The latest fundraising totals push the 30-year total close to the $26 million mark. The weekend’s events included a Pro-Am and Charity Gala at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, where the legendary Barry Gibb performed to a sold-out crowd. The two days of tennis at the Delray Beach Tennis Center featured celebrities including Carson Kressley, Jon Lovitz, Gavin Rossdale, Kevin McKidd, Scott Foley, Tate Donovan, Shawn Hatosy, Helio Castroneves, Seal and David Cook. Tennis pros joining Chris included Martina Navratilova, Patrick McEnroe, Luke Jensen, Rennae Stubbs, Vince Spadea and Jesse Levine.
Jaquira Church became the 43 rd  young woman to be awarded the Vitas Gerulaitis Memorial Scholarship by Chris Evert Charities on Saturday, November 23 during Evert’s annual charity event.  The scholarship’s recipients are women who have participated in social service programs offered by the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, which partners with Chris Evert Charities in supporting at-risk children and families.
Tanya Thicke presented the Alan Thicke Scholarship, on behalf of her late husband, to Dana Tiek-Sosa. This scholarship began last year to recognize a young, single mother who needs financial assistance for college.
The Chris Evert Charities scholarship program began in 1995 and honors the late Gerulaitis, a friend of Evert’s who was ranked in the ATP Top 10 for seven straight years until 1983.
About Chris Evert Charities:
 Since 1989, Chris Evert Charities has raised more than $24 million in an ongoing campaign to provide a bright future for Florida’s most at-risk children. With the help of loyal and generous sponsors, participating celebrities, legions of volunteers and a dedicated staff, Chris Evert continues to raise monies to fund programs through the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. This multi-day event features a day of Tennis with Chrissie & Friends at the Pro-Am, back-to-back days of Pro-Celebrity Tennis and the annual Gala, an elegant evening of entertainment, dining and dancing at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The event is one of South Florida’s longest-running charity events hosted by a former professional athlete. For more information, visit www.chrisevert.org.

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