On the eve of U.S. Open Finals Weekend, tennis champions, industry leaders and supporters of the game gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for The 2011 Legends Ball. The event honored the greatest legends and supporters of the sport of tennis and raised funds to support the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in their mission to preserve tennis history and inspire its future.
Class of 2011 Hall of Famers Andre Agassi and Peachy Kellmeyer were honored at the event. An incredible collection of tennis champions and Hall of Famers joined in the celebration, including Stefanie Graf, Billie Jean King, Tracy Austin, Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Pam Shriver, Tony Trabert, Maria Bueno, Vic Seixas, Stan Smith and Dick Savitt. Additionally, some of the sport's most influential contributors attended, including Hall of Famers Donald Dell, Butch Buchholz and Russ Adams. Also joining in the festivities was 2012 Hall of Fame nominee Jennifer Capriati.
Also at the event, legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg was presented the Eugene L. Scott Award, a tribute to his 50-year career in sports broadcasting and long-time support of tennis. Campbell Soup Company was presented the Joseph F. Cullman Third Award, in recognition of their years of support for tennis at all levels.
The crowd was treated to a special performance by Grammy Award winner Marc Cohn, who dazzled the crowd with his always popular "Walking in Memphis."
A live and silent auction of exclusive tennis experiences, travel and memorabilia raised more than $150,000. Additionally, many attendees contributed more than $25,000 to a special fund which will provide free admission to the Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum for kids ages 16 and under for a full year, in support of the Hall of Fame's mission to inspire the future of tennis.
The event was made possible with the generous and dedicated support of the three Legends Ball co-chairs, as well as event sponsors, BNP Paribas, Fila, Rolex and Transamerica Retirement Management. The 2011 Legends Ball co-chairs were Mark Ein of Washington, D.C., founder and CEO of Venturehouse Group LLC and owner of the Washington Kastles of World TeamTennis; Mike Goss of Westport, Conn., who is managing director and COO of Bain Capital; and Bob Jeffrey of New York City, worldwide chairman and CEO of J. Walter Thompson.
Credit all photos to Anne Marie McLaughlin/International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum
2012 Tennis Hall of Fame nominee Jennifer Capriati arrives at The 2011 Legends Ball
Grammy Award-winning artist Marc Cohn performs his hit, “Walking in Memphis”
Former New York Mayor David Dinkins and Murphy Jensen pause for a photo
Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert chat with Andre Agassi
Mary Carillo (right) interviews members of the 2011 Tennis Hall of Fame Class, Andre Agassi (left) and Peachy Kellmeyer (center)
Longtime broadcaster Dick Enberg (left) chats with Harry Cicma (right) at the 2011 Legends Ball
Brad Gilbert arrives to show his support for the Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2011