The Opening Night Gala is the major fundraiser for the important work of USTA Serves, where guests are treated to fine dining in the President’s Suite followed by courtside viewing of the Opening Night ceremonies and exciting tennis. It is an unforgettable experience that showcases the USTA, the US Open and USTA Serves in grand style.
The evening honored Billie Jean King for her outstanding legacy and trailblazing accomplishments, as well as Bob and Mike Bryan for recently becoming the most successful doubles team in tennis history. Celebrity auctioneer and two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey turned the live auction into an entertaining performance. The guests were in great spirits and bid generously on a variety of sports, fashion and entertainment packages. Other notable guests in attendance were tennis legend Jim Courier, fashion icon and editor Anna Wintour and Robin Roberts, the host of "Good Morning America."
One of the highlights of the evening was our student speaker from the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, Destiny Steward-Bowden, who spoke about the positive impact the program has had on her life. After her inspirational speech, Kevin Spacey commented, "I know we will be seeing a lot more of Destiny, as she has a very bright future."
Always striving to provide our nation’s youth with a brighter future, USTA Serves President Mary Carillo and Executive Director Dan Faber spoke about the ways in which USTA Serves is changing and enhancing lives through the integration of tennis and education programs. The tremendous success of the evening allows USTA Serves to continue to help build better and more successful lifetimes for many, as the proceeds from this event will support countless programs throughout the country that utilize the powerful combination of tennis and education.
The 2014 Opening Night Gala will take place on Monday, August 25th. For more information, please contact us at 914-696-7223.