2015 Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic 26th Annual weekend wrap-up


BOCA RATON, FL: The 26th annual Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic wrapped up a successful weekend by raising $600,000 for its ongoing campaign against drug abuse and child neglect. The monies go toward programs that are funded through the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida and through the Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County. The latest fundraising totals push the 26-year total over the $22 million mark. The weekend’s events included a Pro-Am, a Charity Gala and two days of Pro-Celebrity Tennis. Included in the $600,000 was the $110,000 raised on Saturday evening at the Charity Gala’s Silent and Live Auctions at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Here are a few of the items that sold in the Gala’s live auction: • 2 VIP tickets to attend a speech by President Clinton, including a meet-and-greet and photo with the 42nd president, went for $11,000 • A pair of Swiss International Air Lines tickets to any Swiss-operated destination in Europe went for $10,000 • A Wimbledon package that include semifinals and finals tickets and 4 nights hotel accommodations netted $9,000 • A 4-day, 3-night adventure for 2 at the Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa in Tuscon, AZ or Lenox, MA raised $7,000 Vitas Gerulaitis winner Is Asha Davis  Asha Davis became the 40th young woman to be awarded the Vitas Gerulaitis Memorial Scholarship by Chris Evert Charities on Saturday during Evert’s annual charity event. The scholarship’s recipients are women who have participated in social service programs offered by the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, which partners with Chris Evert Charities in supporting at-risk children and families. Davis, of Orlando, is currently finishing her AA degree at Valencia College. She hopes to attend the University of Florida and major in sociology with the scholarship provided by Chris Evert Charities. Raised by a single mother and now the mother of 6-month old son Jerad, Davis recently completed the City of Orlando’s Parramore Kidz Zone “Baby Institute” program. The nine-week, 54-hour program is designed to help parents build knowledge and skills that result in better parenting. The Chris Evert Charities scholarship program began in 1995 and honors the late Gerulaitis, a friend of Evert’s who was ranked in the ATP Top 10 for seven straight years until 1983.