Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis is scheduled for November 21 – 23, 2014 at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444. The event features Pro Celebrity Tennis, the Classic Cocktail Part, Tennis with Chrissie and Friends, and the Pro-Celebrity Gala.
Last year, the 2013 Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic raised an amazing $600,000 dollars. Since 1989, Chris Evert's efforts have contributed over $21.2 million in an ongoing campaign against drug abuse and child neglect in Florida. With the help of loyal and generous sponsors, participating celebrities, legions of volunteers and a dedicated staff, Chris Evert continues to raise money to fund programs that ensure a bright future for at-risk children and their families.
Chris Evert retired from tennis in 1989 with her final match being the U.S. Open. She hosted her first Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Boca Raton, FL. The first fundraiser for Chris Evert Charities drew widespread attention in the international press. It was proclaimed the most successful, first-year benefit in tennis history. The 1989 event raised more than $350,000 before a sold-out crowd and a widespread tv audience.
That inaugural event benefited drug treatment facilities in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Florida. The treatment facility was built by The Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County. It offered treatment and prevention programs at all levels for the patients. The facility was built with practically all labor and materials donated from the community. With the funds provided by Chris Evert Charities, the facility was able to open its doors in early 1991. Later, Chrissie joined up Raymond James, the events title sponsor, to help at risk kids and their families.
Founded in 1962 a public company since 1983, Raymond James is a "Florida-based diversified financial services holding company with subsidiaries engaged primarily in investment and financial planning, in addition to investment banking and asset management". Raymond James is pointedly involved with many charitable organizations, especially those focused on health and human services, education and the arts.
To download an invitation to this year's 25th Annual Pro-Celebrity Gala at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, 501 East Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL please click here.