Published On: Mon, Oct 14th, 2013

Celebrities Announced For Next Month’s Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Event

BOCA RATON, FL ­- Comedian Jon Lovitz and ABCTV’s Scandal star Scott Foley headline a group of celebrities who will attend the 2013 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, assisting the tennis legend in her annual fundraiser to prevent drug abuse and child neglect.

Lovitz, the former Saturday Night Live star who has been a regular at the Pro-Celebrity event for the past decade, and Foley, who plays “Jake Ballard” on the highly-rated drama series, will be joined by actors Alan Thicke and Kevin McKidd;  actress Maeve Quinlan; and musicians Gavin Rossdale and David Cook. Longtime tennis journalist and historian Bud Collins is also on the guest list.

Four members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame are among the group of former pros who will be matched with the celebrities.

In addition to the former world No. 1 Evert,  7-time singles Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander, 18-time singles Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova and Navratilova’s former doubles partner, Pam Shriver, will be attending the event.  Other former or current pros assisting with the fundraiser include WTA perennial doubles champions Rennae Stubbs andLisa Raymond, USTA manager of player development  Patrick McEnroe and former Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray coach Brad Gilbert. Seven of the eight pros are ESPN or Tennis Channel commentators, while Raymond is still active on the WTA Tour.

The 24th annual event will be held the weekend of November 15-17 and includes a Tennis Pro-Am and Classic Cocktail Reception at the Boca Resort & Club (Friday, Nov. 15), followed by two days of Pro-Celebrity Tennis at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center (Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 16 & 17).

The annual Charity Gala is scheduled for Saturday evening (Nov. 16) at the Boca Resort & Club, highlighted by a Blues Brothers tribute by the Jake and Elwood Blues Revue. The 90-minute show integrates the humor and songs from the original 1980 film “The Blues Brothers,”  and includes Aretha Franklin and Cab Calloway impersonators.

Evert has hosted the charity event since 1989 and contributions have totaled more than $20.6 million, including $600,000 in 2012.

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

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, and platinum level seating is $90 per day or $175 for the two-day session.

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