Alonzo Mourning
Distinguished Service

 

Katrina Adams
Champion of Tennis

Alonzo Mourning

Peter Work
Lifetime Achievement

2015 Tennis Ball

A Night to Remember

What an amazing night!  More than 675 guests gathered to hear from our three Champions for Children, generously bid on fabulous auction items and raise their hand to support Fund a Future.  Together, you helped WTEF raise more than $1 million to support our programs that serve more than 1,200 children and families each year!

The heart of the evening came from the words of our honorees and children.  Our 2015 honorees included Hall of Fame NBA player, Alonzo Mourning, USTA President, Katrina Adams, and longtime WTEF volunteer, Peter Work.  As each of these true Champions for Children accepted their awards, they spoke from the heart about their dedication to giving back to the community.

The event highlighted 25 current students of WTEF’s Center for Excellence, with the keynote being delivered by CFE graduate, Charissa Watkins.  She spoke to her participation in the program for eight years, how it helped her get accepted into the prestigious St. John’s College High School and subsequently admitted to Gettysburg College with a generous financial aid package.  “As I look back on my academic career, I see that WTEF was there for me at every critical juncture … Willis and his staff do an amazing job of encouraging excellence.  I feel so indebted to them for all the time and love they invested in me.”

The action and excitement of the evening was provided by the auctions and Fund a Future.  The auctions generated nearly $100,000 in first-time mobile bidding.  One of the most sought after auction items was the 2015 Ultimate Citi Open Experience.  As the beneficiary of the Citi Open for 45 years, WTEF is thrilled for this year’s tournament with World #3 player Andy Murray playing.

The energy of the room was high when hundreds of guests pledged their additional support for WTEF children through the Fund a Future.  There is still time to make a donation to Fund a Future and help WTEF reach its $300,000 goal.  All Fund a Future gifts support WTEF programs that provide a safe environment our student/athletes trust, where they can excel in academics and tennis. 

Thank you to all 2015 Tennis Ball sponsors and attendees for their generous support and for making this year’s event one of the most successful ever.