May 6, 2016
Sponsors Build Life Champions
Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) will hold the 16th annual Tennis Ball on Friday, May 6, 2016, at The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC.
It is our largest fund-raising event of the year. Sponsors, in particular, provide critical support for WTEF’s award-winning afterschool programs that help underserved children achieve their potential. WTEF builds life champions!
Please be a part of the Tennis Ball. Sponsorship opportunities are available from $3,000 to $25,000. Sponsors who commit by March 21 will be included in the printed event invitation mailed to more than 4,000 supporters.
Sponsorship comes with an array of benefits including box seats or suite tickets to the Citi Open tennis tournament in late July, player spots in the VIP Round Robin Tournament, advertising and publicity before and during the Ball, and, of course, seats at the Tennis Ball.
Best of all, sponsors have the satisfaction of knowing that their support is helping underserved children and youth achieve brighter futures.
The Tennis Ball is chaired this year by Manuel Ortiz and Kristin Solheim, and Henry and Lee Fonvielle. Mr. Ortiz and Mr. Fonvielle are volunteer leaders of WTEF, with both serving on the Executive Committee of the Board. In addition, Mr. Fonvielle is our Vice President for Development. Mr. Ortiz is shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Shrek and considered one of Washington’s top lobbyists. Mr. Fonvielle is President of Rappaport, a leading commercial real estate company.
A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of our awards to our distinguished honorees:
Jackie Joyner-Kersee, recipient of the Life Champion Award, is one of the most decorated athletes of all time and winner of six Olympic medals, spanning four Olympic Games. She helped create the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Center to assist underserved youth in her hometown of East St. Louis, IL, and co-founded Athletes for Hope.
U. S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, is Co-Chair of WTEF’s annual Congressional Charity Tennis Tournament. In the Senate, she represents West Virginia and serves on the Appropriations, the Energy and Natural Resources, the Environment and Public Works and the Rules and Administration committees.
WTEF is honored to bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award on the late philanthropists Sylvia and Saul Ritzenberg. Without their leadership and extraordinary generosity, it is hard to imagine that WTEF would have been able to build our impressive East Capitol Campus with its 15 courts (6 indoor) and educational wing.
Tennis Ball 2016 promises to be a delightful evening. To add to the fun, this year we’ll have a live band and dancing after the dinner program!
Top sponsors will gather at 6 p.m. in a private VIP reception to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and swap tales of their adventures during the Round Robin Tournament, a spirited competition held earlier in the day. During the next hour and a quarter, guests will peruse an expansive display of enticing Silent Auction items, including weekend getaways, signed sports memorabilia, and fine wines.
A gourmet dinner in the ballroom will be highlighted by brief remarks from a current WTEF student. Following that will be our annual Fund a Future portion of the program, when hundreds of guests pledge their additional support to the children at WTEF. Last year, Fund a Future raised over $200,000 in about five minutes. This year, we are engaging our entire community of supporters to try to break the $250,000 mark; so, even if you cannot attend the Tennis Ball, you can make your presence felt by your donation to Fund a Future.
The really special items – like tickets to Wimbledon – will be offered during the Live Auction.
We hope you will join us at the Tennis Ball 2016. Please become a sponsor and invest in the remarkable children and youth who we serve. These youngsters deserve the opportunity to achieve their potential – in school and in tennis – through the support WTEF provides.
WTEF began more than 60 years ago as an effort to provide a healthy outlet for youth and a means of supporting talented young players who couldn’t afford tournament fees. Today, we are Washington, DC’s premier academic and athletic organization working with underserved children and youth.
Join 700 generous friends of WTEF at the Tennis Ball 2016! We look forward to seeing you there!
Can’t attend the Tennis Ball? Be a part of the action by making your donation to Fund a Future today!
2015 Platinum Sponsors
Manny Ortiz and Kristin Solheim/Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP
Mary and Dave Stevens/Mortgage Bankers Association
2015 Gold Sponsors
Ambassador Michael Moussa-Adamo
Arent Fox LLP
Tom and Hillary Baltimore
Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP
Marcia and Frank Carlucci
Choice Hotels International
Clark Charitable Foundation
Habib Debs/Advanced Technology Systems Company
Ginsberg Helfer & Boyd, PLLC
Dalbert and Nancy Ginsberg
Marcella and Terry Jones
Anne B. Keiser and Douglas Lapp
Sharon Marcil and Tom Monahan
Michael and Sandra Meyer
Ann Pelham and Bob Cullen
Rappaport/Henry and Lee Fonvielle
Vijay and Vibha Ravindran
Trisha and Jim Ritzenberg
Cathy and Scott McCulloch
Ranvir and Adash Trehan
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
Sam and Marie Woddall
2015 Silver Sponsors
Carol and Gary Berman
Don Brown and the Hon. Ann Brown
Crowell & Moring LLP
Edison Electric Institute
Cynthia and Leonard Glassman
Graham Holdings Company
Guest Services, Inc.
Nancy and John Harris
Highline Wealth Management
Sarah Jackson and Ian Glazer
Jerry and Isabel Jasinowski
Steve and Linda Jenning
Chad Loube/Woodmont Country Club
McGraw Hill Financial
General and Mrs. William Y. Smith
Dick and Jane Stoker
United States Tennis Association
United States Tennis Association/Mid-Atlantic Section
Washington Financial Group
Wells Fargo/Eastdil Secured
2015 Bronze Sponsors
Luanne Adams and Murrell Smith
ASCII Group, Inc./Alan Weinberger
Joe and Patricia Barta
Byron and Andrea Boston
Lisa Brown and Kevin Cullen
Thomas Katherine Brunkow
Capitol Counsel LLC
CTIA-The Wireless Association
CMG Mortgage Foundation Diane and Lowell Dodge
Essent Guaranty, Inc.
Foley & Lardner LLP
David and Diann Frantz
Henry and Altomease Kennedy
Beth and Daryl Libow
McLean Mortgage Corporation
Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation
The Normandy Group
Project for Healthcare Integration
Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC
Regions Financial Corporation
Susan and David Reichardt
Wayne and Terry Rusch
Securities Industry and Financial Markets
Elizabeth Shiver and Jonathan Blake
Chan and Paul Tagliabue
United States Telecom Association
David Wilmot and Vanena Ralay