NEWPORT - During the U.S. Open fortnight, on Sept. 6, more than 450 tennis enthusiasts and industry leaders gathered at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City for The Legends Ball presented by BNP Paribas, raising more than $330,000.
The social event hosted by the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates tennis and honors some of the sport's greatest champions and contributors.
The event honored the Hall of Fame Class of 2013 - former world No. 1 Martina Hingis, Australian tennis great Thelma Coyne Long, and dedicated tennis industry leaders Cliff Drysdale, Charlie Pasarell, and Ion Tiriac, who were all enshrined in July.
In addition, The Legends Ball featured the presentation of the Eugene L. Scott Award to Rod Laver and the Joseph F. Cullman Award to ESPN, both honored for their commitments to tennis.
Hosted annually since 1980, The Legends Ball serves as an important fundraiser for the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of tennis and inspiring its future.
In its first year under the presenting sponsorship of BNP Paribas, the 2013 edition of The Legends Ball raised more than $330,000 in net proceeds to support the Hall of Fame's mission. In addition to taking part in the event, guests showed their support for the Hall of Fame through a silent auction that featured exclusive experiences at all four Grand Slams, golf and tennis outings with Hall of Famers, autographed memorabilia, and much more.
Guests also contributed to a fund to underwrite free admission for all children ages 16 and under to visit the museum at the Hall of Fame.
"We were particularly honored to be the presenting sponsor of this fantastic Legends Ball recognizing the 2013 class of Hall of Famers, and we are delighted that the event was such a success for a cause we so greatly support," said Jean-Yves Fillion, CEO of BNP Paribas North America.