The event will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, and will take place on Tuesday, October 16
“It is always such a pleasure to co-host this wonderful event with my dear friend Billie Jean King,” said Sir Elton John. “I’m so pleased that we will be teaming up with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force to raise awareness about the continuing challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic both locally and nationally and to raise urgently needed dollars for community-based HIV prevention, education, treatment, and care services. I urge all othe tennis fans and concerned citizens in the Greater Pittsburgh area to support this event and bring their families for a wonderful evening of tennis for a great cause.”
The event is produced by World TeamTennis in association with the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. Smash Hits has raised more than $10.5 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) and various local AIDS charities since 1993. This year’s event will benefit EJAF and the Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force. A portion of the funds raised at the pre-match Smash Hits VIP Reception will be specifically targeted for local programs.
Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a match using the World TeamTennis (WTT) coed team format. The music legend will also participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. John, King and all the players will participate in the pre-match live auction, which will include an Elton John signed piano bench and King’s Wimbledon tickets among other items.
The event takes place at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh. For more information, click here.