New York, N.Y., May 28, 2013– The Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program (HJTEP) is set to celebrate its 41 years of service and dedication to its program participants on June 17 and 18.
HJTEP’s year-long commemoration will begin on Monday, June 17th with a celebration dinner and cocktails at 6:00pm at Guastavino’s (409 East 59th Street, New York). This event brings together tennis champions, celebrities and gracious donors, supporting HJTEP’s community services with special guests Vanessa Williams, Richey Reneberg and the evening’s emcee, Janice Huff of NBC New York. This year’s honorees will include Jeanne Moutoussamy Ashe, widow of Arthur Ashe, Assemblyman Keith Wright, Black Enterprise Magazine and Dante Brown.
The main event will take place the next day, Tuesday, June 18 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY. Matches begin at 10:00am with tennis legends and celebrities including Patrick McEnroe, MaliVai Washington, Gigi Fernandez, Bea Bielik, Clyde Drexler, Kim Fields, Lori McNeil, Chanda Rubin and many others, paired with amateur participants. The finals will be played in Arthur Ashe Stadium at noon.
“We are ecstatic about the upcoming celebration of our 41 successful years in service that has helped pave the road to success for children in Harlem through tennis and education programs,” said HJTEP Executive Director Katrina Adams. “Our fundraiser is exceptional in the way that it unites everyone who is in support of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program, from the participants, the charitable donors and tennis legends; everyone is mutually working towards accomplishing the same goals and we look forward to many more years of service to come.”