LAS VEGAS â€“ The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation (AACF) has assembled another superstar line-up of entertainers for an unforgettable evening of music and other entertainment to benefit Las Vegas at-risk youth. Counting Crows, Sarah McLachlan and legendary rocker Phil Collins are just a few of the stars who will take the stage Saturday, Oct. 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger and composer David Foster will return for his 11th year as musical director.
For the first time, this yearâ€™s concert will feature a performance by the winner of the â€œGrand Slam to Stardomâ€ contest. The contest is open to residents of Clark County, Nevada who are 14 to 28 years old. The winner, chosen by David Foster, will open the show at the Grand Slam for Children.
Tickets priced at $90, $70 and $50, not including applicable service charges and taxes, are now on sale at any MGM Grand box office outlet. Tickets also will be sold at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (Tower Records/WOW!, select Smithâ€™s Food and Drug Centers, Robinsons-May stores and Ritmo Latino). Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (702) 474-4000. Tickets also are available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
Gamal Aziz, MGM Grand president and chief operating officer, said, â€œWe look forward to a spectacular evening of music and celebration as Andre and his Foundation staff bring our guests the most exciting performers in the industry. Weâ€™d like to congratulate Andre on an extraordinary career and although he is retiring from tennis, we know his efforts in supporting the children of Las Vegas and the entire community will continue in the future.â€
The Grand Slam for Children concert fundraiser, presented by Genworth Financial, benefits the AACF, a nonprofit organization established in 1994 to assist at-risk youth in Las Vegas, where Agassi was raised. More than 85,000 fans and VIP guests have attended 10 Grand Slam events, raising $52.3 million for charity.
Agassi said, â€œYear after year we are overwhelmed by the caliber of performers who want to be a part of the Grand Slam for Children. The line-up for this yearâ€™s 11th anniversary event promises to be fantastic. These performers share our desire to make the future brighter for kids. Together, weâ€™re committed to helping children who face considerable obstacles in their lives.â€
Michael D. Fraizer, Genworth Financial chairman and chief executive officer, said, â€œWe are excited to once again support the Grand Slam for Children benefit concert at MGM Grand. The work that Andre and the foundation provide for children is close to our heart at Genworth and makes this a better world for all of us.â€
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 Vegasâ€™ Operation School Bell; Boys Hope/Girls Hope of Nevada; Child Haven; Class! Publications; Cynthia Bunker and Joy McClenahan Memorial Scholarship Fund; I Have A Dream Foundation; Las Vegas Inner-City Games; Las Vegas Philharmonicâ€™s Youth Concert Series; Las Vegas Sun Summer Camp; and YMCA of Southern Nevada.
Since its inception in 1995, the Grand Slam for Children has been distinguished by its roster of cream-of-the crop entertainers including Barbra Streisand, Sir Elton John, Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Stevie Wonder, Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow, Sarah McLachlan, Robin Williams, Carlos Santana, Don Henley, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, Ray Romano, Jamie Foxx, Jay Leno, Stevie Nicks, Seal, Tim McGraw, India.Arie, Kenneth â€œBabyfaceâ€ Edmonds, Dennis Miller, Brian McKnight, Tears for Fears, LeAnn Rimes, Josh Groban and others.
For more information, please contact the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation at 702.227.5700.