The Legends Ball - September 5, 2014

The premier social event during the US Open, The Legends Ball, presented by BNP Paribas, is always an extraordinary evening and serves as a beneficial fundraiser for the International Tennis Hall of Fame in the mission to preserve the history of this great sport!

Friday, September 5, 2014 at Cipriani 42nd Street, NYC
Reserve your seat today!

Silent Auction & Cocktails ~ 6:00 pm
Dinner, Awards, Entertainment ~ 8:00 pm
Cocktails & Dancing ~ 10:00 pm TO 11:30 pm
Festive Attire/Black-Tie Optional

For information: Please contact Charles Kehres at ckehres@tennisfame.com or 401-849-3990

 

 

 

About the Event Co-Chairs & Host Honorees Awards Auction

 About The Legends Ball
During one of the most exciting weekends of the tennis calendar, US Open finals weekend, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum will once again add to the festivities with The Legends Ball, presented by BNP Paribas, a gala event to be held on Friday, September 5 at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The Legends Ball will pay tribute to the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 and will honor will honor several additional people and organizations who have contributed greatly to tennis by presentation of special awards.

Proceeds of The Legends Ball, which has been held annually since 1980, will benefit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum and support the mission of preserving the history of the game, honoring the legends and inspiring the future.

Honorees
The Legends Ball will pay tribute to the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 which features former world No. 1 and 6-time Grand Slam champion Lindsay Davenport, 5-time Paralympic medalist Chantal Vandierendonck, legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, longtime tennis industry leader Jane Brown Grimes, and tennis historian and broadcaster John Barrett.


Eugene L. Scott Award
2014 Recipient: Pam Shriver

The Eugene L. Scott Award honors an individual who embodies Scott's commitment to communicating honestly and critically about the game, and who has had a significant impact on the tennis world. Scott founded Tennis Week magazine and wrote the most widely read and well-respected column about the sport, "Vantage Point" until his death in 2005. Past recipients have included Chris Evert, Dick Enberg, Andre Agassi, Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Billie Jean King, and Arthur Ashe.

Hall of Famer Pam Shriver was a top player on the WTA for more than 15 years. One of the best doubles players of all time, she won 112 titles, including 22 Grand Slams. Her record of 109 consecutive match wins with Martina Navratilova still stands. With Zina Garrison, she captured the 1988 Olympic Gold Medal in doubles. In singles, Pam was ranked in the world top-10 throughout the 1980s, reaching world No. 3 and winning 21 titles.

Pam’s ability to talk tennis, analyze a match, and draw fans into the broadcast is second to none. She has been a commentator for ESPN since 1990, including all four Grand Slam events. Her primary role at ESPN is sideline reporter, providing insights about the players and conditions, and she is also well known for her interviews with fans and celebrities. Whether talking strategy with a coach; discussing tennis with the likes of Tony Bennett, Alec Baldwin, or Anna Wintour; or mixing it up with the fans at Wimbledon, Pam’s work is always an enhancement to the broadcast.

A mother of three, Pam is active in a wide range of charities, including many in her native Baltimore involving tennis and/or physical fitness.
  

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award
2014 Recipient: Fila

The Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Award is given in honor of the man who served as president and chairman of the Hall of Fame from 1982-88, and was responsible for elevating the organization to worldwide recognition. The award recognizes an exceptional company that shares Cullman's enthusiasm for tennis and has also made a significant contribution to society at large- both philanthropically and through outstanding generosity of spirit. Past recipients have included BBC Sport, Campbell Soup Company, Tennis Channel, and Mercedes-Benz.

Fila has a long and storied history as an elite sports brand with its beginnings in textile and knitwear in 1911 in Biella, Italy. Fila introduced color to the world of tennis clothing in the 1970s through the grace and style of Hall of Famers Björn Borg, Guillermo Vilas, and Evonne Goolagong. For over five decades, Fila has adorned some of the best players during historic performances, including the inspirational comebacks of 2001 French Open champion Jennifer Capriati and 2009 US Open champion Kim Clijsters. From its earliest days in tennis, Fila has been known for its dedication to creating premium sportswear crafted to be as exceptional as its wearer, and for its support of the world of tennis through numerous event and other tennis-related sponsorships.                                                   

 

 Co-Chairs

  • John & Jody Arnhold, The Arnhold Foundation

  • Marget and Richey Reneberg

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Auction
Always a highlight of the evening, The Legends Ball auction will feature an array of exclusive experiences and luxury items that will excite tennis fans and non-tennis fans alike. In the past, auction items have included hit sessions with tennis luminaries Pete Sampras and Monica Seles; ticket and travel packages to Grand Slam events; golf at legendary courses like Winged Foot; autographed tennis memorabilia from Roger Federer and Andre Agassi; exotic vacation packages; and golf, baseball, hockey, basketball and football tickets and memorabilia. 

  

To learn more about The Legends Ball contact Charles Kehres at 401-324-4072 or via email at ckehres@tennisfame.com