Over the course of nearly the past 30 years, Chris Evert has been raising money for at-risk youth with programs like An Ounce of Prevention and Palm Beach County Drug Abuse Foundation. With the support of steadfast sponsors, volunteers, staff and the assortment of VIP personalities, more than $24 million dollars have been raised.
This past weekend marked the 29th annual Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, one of South Florida’s longest-running charity events. It was held at the Boca Raton Resort and Club in Delray Beach, Florida. This 3-day event included both pro vs. amateur tennis matches and pro vs. celebrity matches.
Celebrity Figures that attended 2018’s event included:
Actors/Actresses: Chris North (Best known as “Biggs” on the hit TV show Sex & the City), Shawn Hatosy, (Animal Kingdom), Tate Donovan (The Man in The High Castle) and Jamie McShane (Marvel’s Avengers & Thor, Bloodline and Sons of Anarchy), Maeve Quinlan (The Bold and the Beautiful), Kevin McKidd (Grey’s Anatomy, Trainspotting & Brave)
Musicians: Seal (“Kiss from a Rose”) and David Cook (Season 7 winner of American Idol)
Comedians/TV Celebrities: Carson Kressley (Dancing with the stars & Queer Eye For The Straight Guy) and Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live, A League Of Their Own and Rat Race)
Tennis Pros: Chris Evert, John McEnroe, Patrick McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Jesse Levine, Rennae Stubb
The evening ended with a charity gala ball hosted by ESPN Sports Center Co-Anchor Chris McKendry and featured a musical performance by popular American rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears notorious for their hit “Spinning Wheel”.
This year’s event raised a $400 thousand dollars and with the organization “An Ounce of Prevention” graciously offering to match the proceeds raised, $800 thousand dollars was donated to at-risk children in South Florida.
It is because of charitable events such as this, allow for today’s youth who would otherwise be unable, the opportunities to become successful members of society.