This year's Grand Slam for Children promises to be an incredible night of entertainment that benefits Agassi Prep and allows us to create opportunities that change children's lives.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) August 31, 2009
The Andre Agassi Foundation (AAF) today announced that Dane Cook, Daughtry, Tim McGraw and Brian McKnight will headline its 2009 Grand Slam for Children benefit concert, under the musical direction of David Foster. The annual event supports the Foundation's efforts to transform education and benefits the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a K-12 public charter school in Las Vegas that strives to provide children with a first-class education. Hosted by tennis legend and philanthropist Andre Agassi and presented by Genworth Financial, the 2009 Grand Slam for Children will take place Saturday, Sept., 26 at Wynn Las Vegas.
"Each year, the stars align and donate their talents to celebrate our achievements and support our work in education," said Agassi. "This year's Grand Slam for Children promises to be an incredible night of entertainment that benefits Agassi Prep and allows us to create opportunities that change children's lives."
Now in its 14th year, the Grand Slam brings together international stars -- from music to comedy -- to build awareness and raise money for the Andre Agassi Foundation. Dedicated to transforming education, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in 2001; in 2009 the public charter school graduated its first senior class with 100 percent of graduates going on to higher education opportunities. The Foundation's work is directly impacting students in Las Vegas, Agassi's hometown community, but it has broader implications for education nationwide, as the Foundation works to increase investment in, and accountability for, public schools.
Since 1995, the Grand Slam has raised nearly $75 million to support a movement that's improving education for all children.
"For five years, Genworth has been proud to be the presenting sponsor of the Andre Agassi Foundation's Grand Slam for Children event," said Michael D. Fraizer, chairman and chief executive officer of Genworth Financial. "It's a great honor to be a part of the Foundation's continuing work to transform children's lives through education."
"Wynn Las Vegas is thrilled to be a supporter of the Grand Slam for Children event because of our great admiration for the work of our friends at the Andre Agassi Foundation," said Wynn Las Vegas President Andrew Pascal. "We are proud to partner with them as they continue to transform education in our community."
This year's Grand Slam for Children will bring together top-name talent under the musical direction of Grammy award-winning producer, arranger and composer David Foster. Comedian Dane Cook, whose double platinum album Retaliation became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years; Grammy-nominated rock band Daughtry, fronted by former American Idol finalist Chris Daughtry, whose new album Leave This Town debuted No.1 on the Billboard Top 200; Grammy, Country Music Association and American Music Award-winning country music star Tim McGraw; and singer, songwriter and producer Brian McKnight will be joined by additional performers to be announced prior to the Sept. 26 benefit concert.
The 14th Annual Grand Slam for Children will take place Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009 at Wynn Las Vegas. The evening will include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live auction and benefit concert. Sponsorships for the Grand Slam for Children are still available at the following levels: Gold $17,500, Platinum $40,000 and Diamond $85,000. Individual seats are also available in sets of two; at the Gold level for $3,500 and at the Platinum level for $8,000.
About the Andre Agassi Foundation:
The Andre Agassi Foundation seeks to transform public education in two ways. Through its signature project, the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, the Foundation works to provide underserved children in Las Vegas with a first-class K-12 education to prepare them for excellence in college and beyond. Through state and national advocacy, the Foundation strives to increase investment in, and accountability for, public schools. To support the Andre Agassi Foundation or to obtain additional information, please visit http://www.agassifoundation.org.
About Genworth Financial:
Genworth Financial, Inc. is a leading financial security company meeting the retirement, longevity and lifestyle protection, investment and mortgage insurance needs of more than 15 million customers. It has a presence in more than 25 countries. For more information, visit http://www.genworth.com.