|NEWPORT, R.I., August 31, 2011- On the eve of the US Open women’s final, tennis legends, industry leaders, and dedicated fans of the sport will gather at Cipriani Wall Street for an exciting celebration of tennis to honor the greatest champions of the sport, particularly the newest inductees to the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Andre Agassi and Peachy Kellmeyer. A highlight of the event will be a live and silent auction featuring incredible packages ranging from Centre Court tickets for the 2012 Wimbledon finals and autographed racquets from Hall of Famers Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl to an exciting Canadian Heli-Skiing Adventure and exclusive tennis training vacations.All proceeds of the event will benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, inspiring junior tennis development, and providing a landmark for tennis enthusiasts worldwide.In addition to honoring the Hall of Fame Class of 2011, a number of tennis legends are scheduled to attend, including Chris Evert, Tracy Austin, Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, Bud Collins, Tony Trabert and many more. The event will also salute two great contributors and long time supporters of tennis, Dick Enberg and the Campbell Soup Company. Former WTA star Mary Carillo will serve as emcee.
More than 60 unique items will be offered in the live and silent auctions at The Legends Ball. Auction items may be previewed online, and advance bids may be submitted at: http://www.biddingforgood.com/tennisfameauction
Absentee bids are now being accepted and may be submitted via the website, or by contacting Gibby Harnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-324-3061.
Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Client Relations for Sotheby’s, will serve as auctioneer during the Live Auction. The following packages will be up for bid in this “Tribute to the Slams.”
Topping of the Live Auction of Grand Slam tickets, an incredible five-day heli-skiing adventure in British Columbia will be up for bid. The package includes accommodations and skiing at the winning bidder’s choice of three spectacular destinations and is valued at more than $11,000.
A diverse selection of event tickets, luxury vacations, exclusive experiences, and unique collectible memorabilia will be offered in the silent auction. Highlights include a week-long stay in a six-bedroom villa in Jamaica, an exotic cruise on the luxe Azamara Cruise Line with ports ranging from Mumbai to Singapore to Buenos Aires; tickets to tennis events around the world including the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters Series in Monaco and the 2012 WTA Championships in Istanbul; autographed memorabilia from Hall of Fame tennis stars and other athletes including NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire and NHL star Brandon Dubinsky; golf at exclusive courses; tennis industry internships and much more.
A highlight of the silent auction will be a one-of-a-kind piece showcasing Andre Agassi’s career and Hall of Fame induction created by renowned sports and entertainment painter Malcolm Farley.
Additional highlights of the silent auction will include:
Luxury Vacation Packages: Several dream vacations for tennis fans including an escape to the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club; a five-night stay with tennis and spa services at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort in Nevis, West Indies; and a four-day getaway to Longboat Key Club & Resort; a one-week stay in a downtown Paris apartment; a one-week stay at a luxe resort in Tortola or Antigua; family ski trips to Park City, Utah and Aspen, Colorado; and multiple getaways packed with amenities in Vermont, Delaware, and Memphis.
Autographed Memorabilia: Tennis racquets signed by Hall of Famers Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl; an autographed photo collection highlighting the great rivals of tennis, Agassi and Sampras, McEnroe and Borg, and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal; and jerseys singed by New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire and New York Ranger Brandon Dubinsky.
Tennis Camps & Academies: One week session for a junior player at the Chris Evert Academy; one week session for a junior player at the Mark Weil Tennis Academy; plus a weekend for adults at the nearby Ojai Valley Inn & Spa; one week for a junior at the IMG Academy of choice, including tennis, golf, football, baseball and more; and a one week at Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, along with an autographed racquet bag from doubles superstars Mike and Bob Bryan and a Prince EXO3 racquet.
Much More! Including apparel packages from Fila, Reebok, and Loriet Sports Apparel and membership at CityView Racquet Club.
A preview of all auction items, and advance bidding, is available now on http://www.biddingforgood.com/tennisfameauction