Charities & Activism

ANDRE AGASSI CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

Founded in 1994 by former professional tennis player Andre Agassi, the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation (AACF) was created to provide recreational and educational opportunities for at-risk children in Southern Nevada. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported more than 20 organizations and raised more than €44 million for programs designed to enhance a child's character, self-esteem and career possibilities. Because all of the Foundation's operating costs are underwritten, every penny raised goes directly towards improving the lives of at-risk youth.

Website: http://www.agassifoundation.org/


Activities: multiple donations, concert


Events

2003 - The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's "Grand Slam for Children(R)" has teamed with StubHub.com, the leader in secondary ticketing, to host an online charity auction and sell special ticket packages to the eighth annual, star-studded benefit held in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on Saturday, October 4, 2003. Each winning bidder will receive two premiere seats, a commemorative program and an autographed photo of Andre Agassi. The evening includes a star-studded cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live and silent auction, and intimate performances by Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, and Dennis Miller. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, which aims to change the lives of underprivileged, abused and "at-risk" children in the Las Vegas community by supporting local educational and recreational programs.

Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News - Andre Agassi and a superstar lineup of entertainers took the stage Saturday evening at the Grand Slam for Children presented by Aramis and Designer Fragrances to benefit at-promise youth organizations in Southern Nevada. The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation (AACF) raised €9.306 million during the weekend benefit, which featured a black-tie VIP dinner, live auction and sold-out concert held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

More than 6,300 fans crowded the facility Saturday night to see Sheryl Crow, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Dennis Miller, Robin Williams, along with surprise appearances by Sarah McLachlan and Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal of the legendary musical group, Tears for Fears.

Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster served as the musical coordinator for the eighth year. The evening was highlighted by the unexpected donation by Ty Warner, the mastermind behind the Beanie Babies' phenomenon. Warner, the founder and chairman of Ty, Inc., matched the initial €4.65 million raised earlier in the evening, bringing the total fundraising efforts to €9.306 million. "Once again, I am overwhelmed by the ongoing support the Grand Slam for Children receives each year from fellow Las Vegans, national business leaders like Ty Warner and the entertainment industry," Agassi said. "It is gratifying to know that the money we raised tonight will directly benefit children who require our immediate assistance." More than 2,100 VIPs and corporate sponsors attended a pre-concert reception and dinner.

Following the pre-event celebration, the AACF hosted a live auction with items including a private tennis clinic with Agassi and Stefanie Graf; a FAO Schwartz sleepover for 12 children in Los Angeles with guest appearance by Shaquille O'Neal; a custom-designed, seasonal food and wine pairing for up to 12 people in the winning bidder's home with Chef Emeril Lagasse; a Mercedes-Benz 2004 CLK55 AMG Cabriolet; and a trip for two to attend Sir Elton John's private "White Tie and Tiara Ball" in London. The Grand Slam for Children concert fundraiser benefits the AACF, a not-for-profit organization established in 1994 to assist at-risk youth in Las Vegas, where Agassi was raised.

More than 70,000 fans and VIP guests have attended eight sold-out Grand Slam events, raising more than €26.66 million for charity. Specific charities benefiting from the AACF fund raiser include: The Andre Agassi Boys & Girls Club; Assistance League of Las Vegas' Operation School Bell; Child Haven; Cynthia Bunker Memorial Scholarship Fund; The Las Vegas Inner-City Games; Class! Publications; Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp; Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Nevada; I Have a Dream Foundation; and the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a model charter school in West Las Vegas



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