2011 Legends Ball
On the eve of US Open Finals Weekend, tennis champions, industry leaders and enthusiastic supporters of the game gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for The Legends Ball. The extraordinary event honored the greatest legends and supporters of the sport and raised funds to support the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in their mission to preserve tennis history and inspire its future. CLICK FOR PHOTOS.
Class of 2011 Hall of Famers Andre Agassi and Peachy Kellmeyer were honored at the event. An incredible collection of tennis champions and Hall of Famers joined in the celebration including Stefanie Graf, Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Pam Shriver, Tony Trabert, Maria Bueno, Vic Seixas, Stan Smith and Dick Savitt. Additionally, some of the sport's most influential contributors attended, including Hall of Famers Donald Dell, Butch Buchholz and Russ Adams. Also joining in the festivities was 2012 Hall of Fame nominee Jennifer Capriati.
Also at the event legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg was presented the Eugene L. Scott Award, a tribute to his 50 year career in sports broadcasting and long-time support of tennis. Campbell Soup Company was presented the Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award, in recognition of their years of support for tennis at all levels.
The crowd was treated to a special performance by Grammy Award winner Marc Cohn, who dazzled the crowd with his always popular "Walking in Memphis."
A live and silent auction of exclusive tennis experiences, travel, and memorabilia raised more than $150,000. Additionally, many attendees contributed more than $25,000 to a special fund which will provide free admission to the museum for kids ages 16 & Under for a full year, in support of the Hall of Fame's mission to inspire the future of tennis.
The event is made possible with the generous and dedicated support of the three Legends Ball Co-chairs, as well as event sponsors, BNP Paribas, Fila, Rolex, and Transamerica Retirement Management. The 2011 Legends Ball Co-chairs were Mark Ein of Washington, D.C., Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Venturehouse Group, LLC and owner of the Washington Kastles, the World TeamTennis franchise in Washington, D.C.; Mike Goss of Westport, Conn., who is Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Bain Capital; and Bob Jeffrey of New York City, Worldwide Chairman & CEO of J.Walter Thompson.
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Thank you to all who participated in and supported a wonderful event!