On Monday night, The USTA Foundation hosted its annual dinner before the audience went wild during Serena Williams’s victory match at Arthur Ashe. Hugh Jackman, Anna Wintour, Vera Wang, Katie Couric, Rebel Wilson, Mike Tyson, Gayle King, Mike, Bob Bryan, and more were among the night’s many notable guests.
Over $330,000 was raised at the gala, thanks in large part to the free-flowing cocktails and Champagne served before dinner and a special live auction. ESPN’s vice president of corporate responsibility, Kevin Martinez, was honored with the Serving Up Dreams Award from the United States Tennis Association Foundation (USTAF).
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This year’s gala was extra memorable because it raised more than $3 million, a previous high. The money goes toward maintaining the National Junior Tennis & Learning program, which serves over 160,000 disadvantaged kids annually through tennis instruction in locations around the country.
The evening, hosted by Anthony Anderson, was full of energy and enthusiasm for the work of the USTAF. USTA foundation board president Kathleen Wu remarked, “This was a wonderful night that saw everyone join together to support our aim of improving lives through tennis and education.” The donations raised tonight will have a significant impact on thousands of underprivileged children through USTA Foundation-supported community projects.
Guests then made their way to the President’s Box to see the evening’s featured player, Serena Williams, in what would be her final U.S. Open appearance. That was one unforgettable evening.
David Scharf, Cheryl Scharf, Deborra-Lee Furness, and Hugh Jackman
Dan Faber and Kathleen Wu
Laverne Cox and Gayle King