Countdown to 26th Evert Tennis Event


BOCA RATON, FL – The Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic, which raises funds to combat drug abuse and child neglect, will be holding its annual charity event the weekend of Nov. 20-22 in Boca Raton and Delray Beach. Since retiring from the professional game in 1989, tennis legend and South Florida philanthropist Chris Evert has raised nearly $22 million through the Pro-Celebrity Classic – including the $700,000 raised last year during its Silver Anniversary celebration. Evert enlists the help of celebrity friends who join the fundraising efforts, and the 2015 event already has commitments from a long list of celebrities: comedian and political commentator Dennis Miller, singer-songwriter David Cook, actors Alan Thicke and Timothy Olyphant, actress Maeve Quinlan, and former WTA pro and International Tennis Hall of Famer Pam Shriver. While Miller will be making his first appearance at the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Classic, Cook, Thicke, Quinlan and Shriver are frequent attendees. Olyphant, who is ending a six-year run as U.S. Marshal “Raylan Givens” on the FX TV series Justified, is returning for a second straight year. 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 children from the state of Florida a chance to live free from the ravages of drug abuse and neglect. Over the past 25 years, the charity also has funded 39 scholarships that have assisted recipients in attaining college degrees. Longtime partners Raymond James Financial and Broward Health Chris Evert Children’s Hospital continue to support Evert’s charity through the tennis event. Title sponsor Raymond James is a Florida-based financial services company, while the Children’s Hospital is a family-centered facility providing care for newborns, children and teens. The 2015 event will continue to feature a Tennis Pro-Am and Classic Cocktail Reception at the Boca Raton Resort & Club, Friday, Nov. 20, followed by Pro-Celebrity Tennis sessions at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21-22. The annual Charity Gala, an elegant evening of dinner and dancing that includes live and silent auctions, is scheduled for Saturday evening, Nov. 21, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Premium seating for the Chris Evert/ Raymond James Pro-Celebrity tennis event range in price from $40-$90. Club seats with seat backs are $40 per day or $70 for the weekend and courtside box seats (rows 1-8) are $90 per day or $175 for the weekend. General admission tickets continue to be $20 per session. Tickets to the Charity Gala are $750, and sponsorship packages of all levels are also available. To purchase tickets, call Chris Evert Charities at (561) 394-2400 or visit the website at