Inaugural Kate Laver Tennis Invitational Draws Bros Bryan, Taylor Fritz ++
BIGHORN Golf Club in Coachella Valley California – close to Indian Wells – will host the inaugural Kate Laver Tennis Invitational on Sunday, March 5 from 4 to 11 p.m. on the new tennis courts at BIGHORN. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Kate Laver Foundation, a non-profit focused on supporting local children with special needs and their families.
An exhibition will feature one of the hottest doubles team in men’s tennis, Mike and Bob Bryan, who have won more matches, tournaments and Grand Slams than any other men’s pairing in history.
Their opponents will be brothers, Murphy and Luke Jensen, winners of the 1993 French Open men’s doubles title. In a separate match, ATP Newcomer of the Year Taylor Fritz will face up-and-coming pro Bjorn Fratangelo for the Mason Zisette Memorial Heart Trophy.
The star power continues off the court with actor-comedian Jon Lovitz, who will serve as tournament emcee. A featured cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 1985 to 1990, and new Avocados from Mexico pitchman boasts numerous film and television credits, including “A League of Their Own,” “The Critic” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” to name but a few.
In addition to an evening of world-class tennis and entertainment, guests will enjoy a hosted bar, dinner, a live auction and a dance party. Grandstand tickets are $500 per person, available at (760) 610-8222.
“We are proud to add the Kate Laver Foundation to the numerous worthy charities supported by our membership,” said BIGHORN Chairman R.D. Hubbard. “This tournament will be a world-class event featuring great athletes and entertainers, coming together to help families in need.”
The Kate Laver Tennis Invitational is inspired by 10-year-old Kate Laver, who was born with Cerebral Palsy, a motor disability condition affecting the brain. Kate’s parents, Richard and Michelle, established the Kate Laver Foundation in order to give voice to other struggling families while arming them with the tools to thrive together.
“The average lifetime costs for a special needs child totals nearly $1 million over the average expense of raising a child without a disability,” said Richard Laver, entrepreneur and cousin of Australian tennis legend Rod Laver. “The unfortunate reality is that only 1% of charitable giving in the U.S. goes to special needs children and their families, and many of those situations end in divorce. Our goal is to help the entire unit.”
The Kate Laver Foundation is dedicated to providing special needs children, their families and selected non-profits serving children with special needs with equipment and support services needed to improve their quality of life and sustain a strong family bond. The Foundation will be giving restricted grants to families with special needs children and supporting Angel View assisted living homes, United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire’s Respite Program offering caregiver assistance and Pegasus Riding Academy.
For more information, call BIGHORN Golf Club Charities Manager Danielle Ortega at (760) 610-8222.