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UUSTA FOUNDATION CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL JUNIOR TENNIS AND LEARNING AND RAISES $1.2 MILLION AT THE 19Th ANNUAL OPENING NIGHT GALA AT THE 2019 US OPEN….!
NEW YORK(SMI-SPORTS,08.26-09.089.19)-The USTA Foundation, the national charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), raised $1.2 million at the 19th annual Opening Night Gala on Monday, Aug. 26, at the 2019 US Open benefiting the National Junior Tennis and Learning network.
Co-hosted by actor/comedian Alec Baldwin, and award-winning journalist Katie Couric, the event celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the National Junior Tennis and Learning network by honoring the co-founders Arthur Ashe (posthumous), Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder with the Serving Up Dreams Award. Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Dan Snyder joined Pasarell to accept the award. Eleven-time Grand Slam champion and International Tennis Hall of Famer Rod Laver was honored with the Trailblazer Award.
Baldwin, the USTA Foundation's Celebrity and Player Advisory Council Chair, and Couric a member of the Council, led the evening's live auction that offered multiple exclusive items for guests to bid on. The auction wrapped up with the highest-paid item sold for the evening at $25,000 for dinner with both co-hosts at a famous New York City restaurant.
USTA Foundation Chairperson Chris Evert was joined by other members of the Celebrity and Player Advisory Council including Good Morning America co-hosts Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, co-host of ABC’s “Shark Tank” Daymond John, celebrity fitness motivator Shaun T, and other celebrity supporters such as fashion designer Vera Wang, actor Chazz Palminteri, former New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, R&B singer Maxwell, former New York City Mayor David N. Dinkins to name a few.
For the fifth consecutive year, ESPN, the exclusive domestic telecaster of the US Open, served as the presenting sponsor for the Opening Night Gala.