The Grand Slam for Children
benefit concert, presented by Genworth Financial, was a huge success
raising over nine million dollars. A star-studded†line-up came
together at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in an event to benefit the
Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation (AACF).
Agassi stated, “I
am grateful that there are so many people dedicated to helping kids.
I’m thrilled with the turnout from the public, the generosity of our
sponsors, donors and bidders, and the commitment and talent of the
performers who so graciously give their time to the Grand Slam. It
was one of the greatest nights of the year.”
Agassi Charitable Foundation is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit public
charity. It was created to provide recreational and educational
opportunities for at-risk boys and girls. The Foundation strives to
assist those underprivileged, abused, and abandoned children who may
be deprived of basic options in life. The AACF also offers a
combination of emotional, physical and academic programs designed to
enhance a child’s character, self-esteem and career possibilities.
Over 8,200 excited, energized, eager fans and VIP guests packed
the†arena to see a parade of spectacular STAR performers.
Opening the show was the
unparalleled Tony Bennett who was better than ever. He brought the
house to a standing ‘O’ with each song. Truly phenomenal! The
celebrated 80 year-old veteran who has been singing for more than 50
years, is the last of the legendary performers of his day. He has
sold more than 50 million records and received 15 Grammy Awards.
What a star--He is actually a galaxy!
A special performance
by observational comedian Jerry Seinfeld brought thunderous laughter
to the arena. He is best known for the most successful television
series in history, “Seinfeld,” which also earned him Golden Globes
and Emmy Awards. He brought tears of laughter to every ones eyes. He
is still on-top-of-his-game and perhaps one of the funniest comics
of our time! Brilliant!
The original American Idol
winner, Kelly Clarkson, not only thrilled but also made the crowd go
wild, singing her hits with total style and confidence. Clarkson has
won 2 Grammy’s, 4 American Music Awards and 11 Billboard Music
Awards with her first 2 albums.
Switching music genres, Rob
Thomas with “Matchbox Twenty” has sold over 29 million records
worldwide and won 3 Grammy Awards. Thomas gave a stellar performance
and the energetic screaming fans loved every minute of it.
Ladies, for me the night was complete just looking at hunky
Johnny Rzeznik, lead singer of the Goo Goo Dolls. This group is
mesmerizing! Well, I for one was excited and so was the roaring
crowd. Johnny is breathtaking to look at and his voice and
performance are extraordinarily out-of-this-world. Catch him on New
Year’s Eve at the House of Blues in Vegas.
Up next was
legendary rock duo, Hall and Oates—they brought the house down! They
were more than amazing. The crowd was cheering throughout their
entire performance of hits. They sound, look, and performed as they
did in the 80’s, phenomenally!
Fans were also treated to
stellar performances by 10-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist and
member of the Rock-and-Roll-Hall-of-Fame Carlos Santana, the ever so
funny George Wallace and Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger and
composer David Foster--who served as musical director for the 12th
In addition to the stars above, the adoring fans who
lined up outside before the show got to see on the red carpet “CSI
Miami” detective Emily Proctor, tennis pro Mark Philippoussis,
“Dancing with the stars” Julianne Hough, and celebrity chef Emeril
The VIP sponsors attended a pre-concert reception
and dinner followed by a live auction. The exclusive items included
a Porsche Cayenne from the Sopranos--signed by James Gandolfini and
Edie Falco; along with Robin Williams’ movie premiere/after-party
and countless other items.
The Grand Slam for Children
concert fundraiser benefits the AACF, a not-for-profit foundation
established by Andre Agassi in 1994 to assist at-risk youth in Las
Vegas, where Agassi was raised. The past 12 Grand Slam events raised
more than $70 million for charity. Wow, you go Agassi!
Specific charities benefiting from the AACF fundraiser
include the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a model
charter school in West Las Vegas, Andre Agassi Boys & Girls
Club, Assistance League of Las Vegas’ Operation School Bell, Boys
Hope/Girls Hope of Nevada, Child Haven, Cynthia Bunker and Joy
McClenahan Memorial Scholarship Fund, I Have A Dream Foundation,
Greater Las Vegas After-School All-Stars presented by Inner-City
Games, Las Vegas Philharmonic’s Youth Concert Series, Las Vegas Sun
Summer Camp and YMCA of Southern Nevada.
U.S. tennis player
Andre Agassi is known as one of the greatest in his game's history.
In two decades of playing tennis, Agassi won more than 850 singles
matches, including 60 titles, 8 Grand Slams and an Olympic Gold
Medal. Despite his phenomenal talent, it is his heart that makes him
an admirable American.
For more information on the charity
or to donate, visit http://www.agassifoundation.orgor contact the
Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation at 702-227-5700.
1. Tony Bennett
2. Andre Agassi
Goo Goo Dolls
4. Celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse
Photos by Robin Roth