Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Elton Brings Smash Hits to Georgia


On October 12, 2008, Advanta World TeamTennis (WTT) will bring its wildly popular Smash Hits charity tennis exhibition to Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA. The 16th annual event, originated and hosted by long-time friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund. Since its establishment in 1993, Smash Hits has raised over $8.5 million for EJAF's grant-making initiatives supporting HIV/AIDS-related prevention, stigma and discrimination reduction, and direct care and service programs, as well as for a local AIDS charity in the city hosting the event. You can find more information and purchase tickets here:

www.ejaf.org/SmashHits08

Smash Hits will return to the Atlanta area, Sir Elton's adopted home, for the first time since 2000, and will be co-chaired by civic leaders Dr. Bobbie Bailey, Charlie Hendon, and Sacha Taylor. This year, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova and Anna Kournikova are among the tennis stars who will join team captains Elton John and Billie Jean King for five sets of tennis using the WTT format. Sir Elton also plans to participate in a celebrity doubles event to open the evening. Additional participants will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Tickets for Advanta WTT Smash Hits will go on sale August 16th at 10 a.m. (Eastern) at etix.com or by calling 800-514-ETIX; reserved seat tickets range from $70 to $110 and general admission tickets are $39.50. Special VIP tickets, which also include VIP courtside seating and admission to the Smash Hits VIP Reception and Auction, are available now for $350. The VIP Reception, which begins at 11 a.m., includes silent and live auctions. VIP packages are available online at www.ejaf.org/SmashHits08 or by calling 404-653-0240.

When:
October 12, 2008 ∙ 1:00 p.m.
Where:
Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga.
Benefits:
Elton John AIDS Foundation / Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund
Hosts:
Elton John and Billie Jean King
Co Chairs:
Dr. Bobbie Bailey, Charlie Hendon, and Sacha Taylor
Players:
Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, Anna Kournikova and others to be named
Tickets:
On sale Saturday, August 16 at 10 a.m. (Eastern) Reserved - $45, $70, $110 / visit www.etix.com
VIP tickets:
$350/each. Includes VIP courtside seating, admission to live/silent auction and pre-event reception with the players,

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