Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic
For 29 years, Chris Evert Charities has partnered with The Ounce of Prevention Fund, a public-private partnership that makes a measurable difference in the lives of Florida’s vulnerable children. Chris Evert’s efforts have contributed more than $23 million in an ongoing campaign against drug abuse and child neglect in Florida. Proceeds from Evert's most recent fundraiser, which totaled $800,000, will be distributed through The Ounce of Prevention Fund to a variety of innovative, community-based programs serving at-risk families. These funds also provide Vitas Gerulaitis Memorial Scholarships to women who are current or past participants in the organization's programs.
Vitas Gerulaitis Memorial Scholarship & Alan Thicke Memorial Scholarship
Two Florida moms are looking forward to a brighter future thanks to college scholarships awarded by Chris Evert Charities and The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida. Tennis legend Chris Evert presented the scholarships to Keila Zayas and Natasha Zatorski during the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Delray Beach.
Keila Zayas received the Vitas Gerulitas Memorial Scholarship in memory of Evert's dear friend, tennis star Vitas Gerulitas, who was a supporter of the annual tennis event and who strongly believed everyone deserves a second chance. Since moving to the United States four years ago, single mother Keila has struggled to provide for her four children. Many nights she has allowed her children to eat when there wasn't enough for her. But Keila believes "a life of impossibilities can be shifted to a life of possibilities." She is currently studying nursing and hopes to one day establish a nursing home for the elderly.
Natasha Zatorski was awarded the Alan Thicke Memorial Scholarship. Actor Alan Thicke was an enthusiastic participant of the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic for many years. Natasha turned to drugs to self-medicate as a way to cope with her broken childhood. Through the years, her addiction left her homeless and her health suffered greatly. She reached rock bottom more than once. When her son was born, Natasha realized the importance of living a clean and sober life. She continues her recovery in outpatient therapy and wants to work to help people overcome addiction.
Since 1994, Chris Evert Charities and The Ounce of Prevention Fund have awarded 45 memorial scholarships to empower women to improve their lives by pursuing their educational goals.
Chris Evert Charities and The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida work together to improve the development and life outcomes of children, preserve and strengthen families, and promote healthy, drug-free behavior in society.
For more information about the Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic and Black Tie Gala, visit www.chrisevert.org or call (561) 394-2400. To find out how you can contribute directly to the Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, click here.