April 20, 2012 (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) – Philadelphia Freedoms owner Billie Jean King, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts and tennis legend John McEnroe will participate in an unforgettable afternoon and evening on May 19 to benefit Assistance in Healthcare (AIH), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is dedicated to helping cancer patients who are undergoing treatment in the local Philadelphia area, and their families, by lessening the financial burden of cancer.
Participants will attend a cocktail reception, live auction and “Conversation with Billie Jean King and Robin Roberts,” emceed by 6abc Action News anchor Matt O’Donnell. Special guest Jimmy Arias, former world top-ten player and current ESPN and Tennis Channel analyst, will also participate in the event. VIP ticketholders will have the opportunity to enjoy an once-in-a-lifetime afternoon of tennis with John McEnroe. John McEnroe is replacing the injured Jimmy Connors for this event.
Individual tickets are priced at $500 per couple and include an invitation to the cocktail reception and the “Conversation with Billie Jean King and Robin Roberts.” VIP ticket packages range from $5,000 to $10,000 and depending on level will include participation in the Tennis Pro-Am with John McEnroe, tickets to the reception and private dinner, as well as seats and special access to Philadelphia Freedoms home matches this summer. Silent auction items offered that evening will include Billie Jean King’s Wimbledon Center Court seats; private tour of the Good Morning America studio/set and coffee with Robin Roberts after the show, plus complimentary suite at the Warwick Hotel in New York City; and Billie Jean King’s US Open luxury suite tickets, plus complimentary suite at the Warwick Hotel. To purchase tickets or to explore sponsorship opportunities please visit www.philadelphiafreedoms.com or contact Faith Williams, AIH at 215.537.7819.
Mr. and Mrs. Vahan Gureghian are graciously hosting the event at their home in Gladwyne, PA. The benefit is being presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) in Philadelphia, under the direction of the Philadelphia Freedoms. All net proceeds from this event will help AIH provide grants to help defray the costs of non-medical needs such as utilities, housing, transportation and basic living expenses to eligible cancer patients or their immediate family members.
“We are honored to have such celebrated athletes and guests coming together to help raise awareness and financial support for Assistance in Healthcare and all of the patients and families who we support,” remarked Faith Williams, executive board member of AIH. “The emotional burden of cancer is immeasurable and when topped with financial duress, it can be more than any family should have to endure. AIH is dedicated to providing resources so that patients and their families can focus on their health and healing.”
Additional support for this event has been generously provided by 6abc, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Color Reflections, Secrets Limousine Service and Warwick New York Hotel.
About Philadelphia Freedoms
World TeamTennis (WTT) was co-founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King who is also owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms. The Freedoms play seven nights of matches each year during the month of July at The Pavilion at Villanova University. Their schedule includes enticing matches with the some of the world’s most elite players, themed nights with free giveaways, and guaranteed family-friendly entertainment.
About Assistance in Healthcare
Assistance in Healthcare (AIH) is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to helping cancer patients who are undergoing treatment in the local Philadelphia area, and their families, by lessening the financial burden of cancer. Because medical expenses can make the road to recovery far more difficult, the foundation attempts to pave the way by providing assistance to those who have become financially distressed as a result of their courageous fight. We do this by donating grants to help defray the costs of non-medical needs such as utilities, housing, transportation and basic living expenses to eligible patients or their immediate family members so that the patient can focus on what’s important—their healing.