Pam Shriver, Agassi, Roddick in fundraiser with Kool & The Gang, Angie Stone, Kem
Gibson/Baldwin ``Night at the Net'' Charity Event to Feature Tennis Pros Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, The Bryan Bros., and Pam Shriver and Celebrities Jon Lovitz, Gavin Rossdale, Dr. Phil, Randy Jackson, Steve Harvey, Kool & The Gang, Angie Stone, and KEM
Thursday June 23, 8:35 am ET
Pro-Celebrity Event -- Sponsored by Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano -- Benefits the MusiCares(R) Foundation and Takes Place July 25 During 79th Annual Mercedes-Benz Cup Tennis Tournament
SANTA MONICA, Calif.--June 23, 2005-- For the fourth consecutive year, Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano are the title sponsors of the Gibson/Baldwin Night at the Net, an annual pro-celebrity tennis event that opens the prestigious 79th Annual Mercedes-Benz Cup tennis tournament, presented by Countrywide, at UCLA. Proceeds from the event will benefit the MusiCares® Foundation, a charitable affiliate of The Recording Academy®, which focuses on health and human services for the music community.
Fifty-nine ATP career singles titles winner Andre Agassi, No. 8 ranked Andy Roddick, No. 5 ranked ATP doubles champs The Bryan Bros., and tennis great Pam Shriver (joining in as chair umpire) will be part of this high-profile, star-studded event that will take place on Monday, July 25, in Straus Stadium at the Los Angeles Tennis Center at UCLA. Actor/comedian Jon Lovitz, musician/actor Gavin Rossdale, and talk show host Dr. Phil will be picking up their tennis rackets to battle it out on the court with the tennis pros.
Musician/"American Idol" judge Randy Jackson will serve as host and actor/comedian Steve Harvey will be a line judge. R&B/funk collective Kool & The Gang, R&B/neo-soul artist Angie Stone, and jazz/R&B artist KEM will perform, with other celebrities and musical performances to be announced shortly.
"The Gibson/Baldwin Night at the Net pro-celebrity tennis match is an exciting evening where sports, comic relief, and music intersect to benefit the health and human services work of our MusiCares Foundation," said Neil Portnow, President of The Recording Academy and MusiCares. "We are especially thankful for the continued support and contributions from our good friends at Gibson/Baldwin, Mercedes-Benz, and the Southern California Tennis Association."
"We are proud once again to sponsor the Gibson/Baldwin Night at the Net event to benefit the MusiCares Foundation," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "As part of the music community, Gibson Guitar is always dedicated to helping enrich the lives of others through programs like this one, and we are happy to partner with Mercedes-Benz and MusiCares on such a worthwhile and entertaining event."
"The Mercedes-Benz Cup, presented by Countrywide, is again delighted to collaborate with Gibson/Baldwin and MusiCares to help raise funds for their worthwhile charitable causes," said Bob Kramer, Mercedes-Benz Cup Tournament Director. "The Southern California Tennis Association and UCLA are extremely proud to be involved with such wonderful organizations -- and to provide another tremendous entertainment gala to help kick off the 79th Annual Mercedes-Benz Cup tennis fund-raiser at UCLA."
"It's heartwarming to see artists and athletes contributing their time and talents to benefit MusiCares' Emergency Financial Assistance program, which provides confidential help to those in our music community who need help the most," said Les Bider, Chairman of the Board of Directors of MusiCares. "We are grateful to all of the participants for their dedication and commitment to helping those in need."