TONY BENNETT’S ALL-STAR TENNIS EVENT AND BENEFIT GALA
At Tony Bennett’s All-Star Tennis Event & Benefit Gala, star-studded match play at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne was followed by an intimate evening of charitable giving at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. All proceeds benefited Exploring the Arts, Team Bryan and the Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation. 17-Time Grammy Award Winner, Tony Bennett, with his wife Susan Benedetto and tennis duo Bob and Mike Bryan, hosted the All-Star Tennis Event. On the eve before the Sony Ericsson Tennis Tournament, pros including Novak Djokovic, the Bryan Brothers, Ana Ivanovic, and Kim Clijsters served up four exciting hours of round-robin games—a lucky duo of spectators even had an opportunity to bring their game to the court and compete with the pros. The event culminated with an exquisite evening at Tony Bennett’s Gala and Concert, hosted by Mr. Bennett and Ms. Benedetto, Latin Grammy award-winning artist Alejandro Sanz, the Bryan brothers and Sean and Ana Wolfington.
In 1999, legendary American singer Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto, founded Exploring the Arts (ETA), a non-profit organization close to their hearts. As they say, “We have been lucky to see our greatest dreams come true, and now it gives us great pleasure to help the next generation of artists and leaders fulfill their own dreams.” ETA’s mission is to strengthen the role of the arts in public high schools, connecting private funders, individual artists and cultural institutions with partnering schools to distribute resources and opportunities for children of all means and backgrounds. Founded in 2006 by Ryan Wolfington with the support of Sean and Ana Wolfington, Team Bryan provides mentoring programs for at-risk youth. The students who demonstrate the best attitude, character and grade point average are invited up to an elite travel team created by tennis duo Bob and Mike Bryan. To date, close to 40 players have earned college scholarships for both academics and to play division one NCAA tennis. The Greater Miami Tennis & Education Foundation originated in 1974 to introduce tennis to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn the sport. Since then, more than 33,000 children’s lives have been enriched on and off the court through GMTEF programs.
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