And I'm going to the one in Atlanta, TRUST
Are Venus and Serena Coming to Your Hometown?
9/27/04 5:52 PM
Venus and Serena Williams take their historical sibling rivalry to Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta;to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® in conjunction with McDonald’s World Children’s Day®
The McDonald’s Williams’ Sisters Tour, featuring Venus and Serena Williams as well as other celebrities in a series of three one-night events, makes it debut in Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta.
The McDonald’s Williams’ Sisters Tour begins in Chicago at the UIC Pavilion (November 17), moves to Detroit at The Palace at Auburn Hills (November 18) and finishes in Atlanta at Philips Arena (December 2). A portion of the proceeds from each tour stop will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities and other local charitable organizations in each city.
ESPN will accompany the tour with plans to broadcast a behind-the-scenes special event on the McDonald’s Williams’ Sisters Tour.
Prior to the match, Venus and Serena will spend time in each community, visiting local Ronald McDonald Houses, visiting schools, hospitals and participating in local community activities.
“We want to promote the game of tennis while supporting worthwhile causes in each of these cities,” said Serena Williams. “We’re excited to be working with McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities to be able to give something back to communities throughout the United States.”
“We are excited about bringing professional tennis to Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta, three cities that support the sport strongly but do not regularly host tour events,” added Venus Williams. “We plan on creating a fun evening of exciting, entertaining tennis for fans of the game and our fans. Neither of us likes to lose, ever, so you will see a hard-fought match in each city.”
Tickets will go on sale for all three dates Friday, October 1 at 10AM EST/9 AM CST and will be available through Ticketmaster at 800-326-4000, the arena box offices and ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices start at $15. A limited number of VIP courtside tickets are available which include an invitation to a VIP reception attended by Venus and Serena. USTA and ALTA members (Atlanta) are entitled to special McDonald’s Williams Sisters Tour ticket discounts.
In addition to McDonald’s, other sponsors include Hilton Hotels, Coke (Powerade), Walmart, Exelon, Colgate-Palmolive, AFLAC, The Detroit Free Press, WXYZ-TV (Detroit), WSB-TV (Atlanta), Co-Op Optical, Nike and Wilson.
CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS :
Organizations that are making charitable contributions in association with The McDonald’s Williams Sisters Tour include McDonald’s, Robin Hood Foundation, AFLAC, Walmart, Exelon and Tennis Corporation of America.
Charitable organizations that will benefit from the McDonald’s Williams Sisters Tour include Ronald McDonald House Charities, AFLAC Cancer hospital (Atlanta), Lamont Bryant’s Love To Serve Program (Chicago), Perfecting Community Development Corporation (Detroit) and others to come.
McDonald's is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 30,000 restaurants serving nearly 47 million people in more than 1200 countries each day. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women. For nutritional information, please visit www.mcdonalds.com
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a nonprofit, 501(c)3, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Its programs are grassroots-driven to enable the Charity to offer help where children need it most, right in their own communities. RMHC fulfills its mission by creating programs that address targeted needs, and by supporting these programs through its global network of more than 180 local Chapters in nearly 50 countries. RMHC and its local Chapters have awarded more than $400 million in grants and program services to children's programs around the world. For more information about Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Ronald McDonald House program, visit www.rmhc.org
Contact: Carlos Fleming, IMG / 216-522-1200