On Friday, September 21, nine-time Grammy Award winning musician and philanthropist John Legend will perform at the annual Andy Roddick Foundation (ARF) gala.

Andy Roddick, who recently announced his retirement from tennis, has made giving back a part of his career. In 2000, he established ARF to make a difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities and in 2004 was awarded the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award for his charity efforts.

Roddick stated, “The foundation is growing, and we have some very exciting plans, but we need the continued support of those behind our cause to reach our shared goals.”

To spearhead the foundation’s growth, Roddick recently appointed Jeffrey Lau as ARF’s new Chief Executive Officer. Lau said, “We are transforming ARF from an all-volunteer charity into a professional, not-for-profit organization focused on teaching character and life lessons to underserved youth through sports-based mentoring and education.”

Roddick will kick off the foundation’s new strategy with the 7th Annual ARF gala. Legend will be joined by Brooklyn Decker, Chrissy Teigen, Camila Alves, and several other athletes and celebrities who support youth causes, and will feature live and silent auctions. All proceeds go to support the Andy Roddick Foundation and its partners. Sponsors of the event include SAP and Grey Goose.

The gala will start at 5:30 p.m. at the W Hotel Austin, 200 Lavaca Street in Austin, Texas. Concert-only tickets are available at www.acl-live.com, the venue box office, or by phone at 1-877-4-FLYTIX. Ticket prices range from $49-$129.

Founded in the year 2000, the Andy Roddick Foundation is a non-profit that works to develop and inspire underserved youth through education and sports-based mentoring, preparing each youth to succeed in the game of life. The Andy Roddick Foundation has raised over $10 million for its youth programs as well as various Texas- and South Florida-based youth organizations. For more information, contact the Andy Roddick Foundation directly at 512.298.1960 or email gala@arfoundation.org.

Source: PR Newswire

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