Roddick charity weekend set for Dec. 11-12
By Dunn Neugebauer
Special to The Palm Beach Post
Sunday, November 28, 2004
The Andy Roddick Foundation has no paid employees, doesn't have an office and ventured into a tough, competitive South Florida market when it came into existence four years ago.
That hasn't stopped it from being successful, and evidence of that will be on display Dec. 11-12 at the Andy Roddick Charity Weekend at The Polo Club in Boca Raton.
"I think we raised about $35,000 the first year," Blanche Roddick said, the Foundation's executive chairman and Andy's mother. "This year we're looking to clear anywhere from $600,000 to $700,000."
The two-day event has been sold out since early summer. Celebrities scheduled to participate in the Dec. 12 pro-celebrity tennis exhibition include Roddick, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Anna Kournikova,
Aaron Krickstein, Brad Gilbert and Florida Marlins player Jeff Conine.
The 2005 event already has promises from rock star Elton John and tennis great Andre Agassi.
"We haven't found a venue for that one yet; it may be in Austin," Blanche Roddick said.
The event this year will include a semi-formal dinner/dance Dec. 11 before the tennis begins Dec. 12 with the Andy Roddick Kid's Zone. Besides tennis exhibitions, there will be music, sumo wrestling, rock climbing, raffles, a "bounce house," and other activities from the Bobby Curtis Tennis on the Move traveling tennis carnival, which is sponsored by the Foundation.
Curtis, a force in local and national tennis, was inducted into the USA Tennis Florida Hall of Fame in 1994.
Last year, the tennis took place at Florida Atlantic, but after easily selling out the 250-seat banquet, Blanche Roddick and her committee found a match with Polo Club tennis director Jean Mills and her facility.
"They've opened out their arms to us," Roddick said.
Mills, also a member of the USA Tennis Florida Hall of Fame, ran the National Girl's 10-and-under event earlier this year.
Proceeds from the event will continue to benefit children's charities in the area in which Andy grew up. Roddick, ranked No. 2 in the world, will be a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team competing in the finals Dec. 3-5 against host country Spain in Seville.
For more information about the Andy Roddick Charity Weekend, go to www.arfoundation.org or call (561) 392-2652.