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2015 Tennis Ball - Celebrating 60 Years of Champions!

The 2015 Tennis Ball is Coming on May 8

On Friday, May 8, 2015, friends of WTEF will gather at the Tennis Ball to show their support of the children we serve.  This year will be something special because this year, we are celebrating WTEF's 60th anniversary.

We began 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 premiere academic and athletic organization serving disadvantaged children and youth.

Please be a part of the 2015 Tennis Ball on May 8 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.  It promises to be our most successful event ever!  Past galas have each raised more than $1 million to support WTEF’s innovative afterschool and community programs. Purchase tickets today!

Sponsorship opportunities are available from $3,000 to $25,000 and come with an array of benefits including box seats or suite tickets at the Citi Open, player spots in our VIP Round Robin Tournament, advertising and publicity before and during the Ball, and, of course, seats at the Tennis Ball. 

Best of all, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that your support is helping children and youth achieve brighter futures.

The evening will be delightful. 

Sponsors 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, held earlier in the day.  A general reception takes place at the same time in the foyer of the Ritz-Carlton Ballroom.

During the next hour and a quarter, you can peruse an expansive display of enticing Silent Auction items, including weekend getaways, signed sports memorabilia and fine wines.  There will be a Mini-Live Auction  of half a dozen wonderful items, such as a five-day stay in any Marriott Hotel in North America.

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 Auction, when hundreds of guests pledge their additional support to the children at WTEF.  Last year, Fund a Future raised over $230,000 in about five minutes.  This year, we are engaging our entire community of supporters, including the thousands who cannot attend the Ball, to try to break the $300,000 mark.

The really special items – like tickets to Wimbledon – will be offered during the Live AuctionThe evening is capped off by the presentation our Champion of Tennis, Distinguished Service and Lifetime Achievement Awards.

We hope you will join us at the 2015 Tennis Ball.  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 – that WTEF provides.  Individual Tennis Ball tickets are available for $500 each.

Join 700 generous friends of WTEF at the 2015 Tennis Ball!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Can't attend the Tennis Ball? Make a donation today!