| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Gala co-hosts, Tennis Legend Billie Jean King and Mike Greenberg of ESPN.
Credit photos to Steven Freeman

 

Celebrities turned out in force to show their support at the USTA Foundation Gala, which marked the opening night of the 2018 U.S. Open.  Co-hosted by Billie Jean King and TV personality Michael Greenberg, the star-studded event at Arthur Ashe Stadium raised more than $1.5 million for tennis and education. 

Attendees included Hugh Jackman, Anna Wintour, and Vera Wang.

 

 

Additionally, a VIP auction featuring admission to any concert anywhere in the United States by country singer Luke Bryan raised an additional $55,000.  The Foundation also presented Pam Shriver, former pro tennis player, with a surprise award for leadership and advocacy.  

The USTA Foundation, the charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association, brings tennis and education together to change lives, serving more than 225,000 young people.  To date, the Foundation has awarded more than $25 million in grants and scholarships benefiting thousands of children and adults through tennis, education and health curricula.