The Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tour was held in Southampton, NY, over the weekend on Friday, August 28, to Sunday, August 30, 2015, raising over $4 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF). This wonderful event, returning for its eleventh year, consists of a round robin tournament teaming 32 amateur tennis players with a current member of the ATP Tour or with one of the legends of tennis for two days of competition.
Guests and participants enjoy dining and socializing, along with the tennis, with the purpose of raising funds for PCF in its efforts to eradicate prostate cancer which affects one in seven American men. The event kicked off on Friday with a cocktail party and dinner hosted by Bob and Deanna Adler in Southampton. On Saturday, the first three rounds of the Pro Am tournament took place on private courts followed by a private luncheon for players at the home of Dean Palin. In the afternoon, Mike Milken led a discussion on the “The End of Cancer and Other Life-Threatening Diseases” at Villa Maria in Water Mill. Saturday’s events culminated in a gala at the Parrish Art Museum where guests were treated to performances by Natalie Cole, David Foster, Rubin Studdard, Emily West, Forte and Shelea Frazier. Guests closed the evening dancing to a strong performance by Super Diamond. On Sunday, guests enjoyed lunch and the final rounds of the Pro-Am Tour at the Shinnecock Tennis Club and the weekend concluded with the Trophy Award Ceremony in the late afternoon.
This year’s amateur players included: Bill Ackman, Bob Adler, Bob Bales, Marie Bernstein, Jerry Cohen, Jim Coleman, Mark Ein, Niko Elmaleh, Mark Fabry, Ralph Finerman, Bill Finneran, Glenn Fuhrman, Danny Govberg, Jeff Greene, Sammy Herzberg, Arik Kislin, Jesse Lee, Larry Leeds, Howard Marks, Don Marron, George Norcross, Chris Oberbeck, Dean Palin, Joel Pashcow, John Paulson, Brian Reynolds, Bob Rozenkranz, Ricky Sandler, Zach Schreiber, Barry Sternlicht, Doug Teitelbaum and Renee Willett.
Pro players included: Mario Ancic, Alex Asta, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Alex Bury, Guillermo Canas, Scott Davis, Amer Delic, Ashley Fisher, Colin Fleming, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Robby Ginepri, Treat Huey, Luke Jensen, Don Johnson, Robert Kendrick, Mark Knowles, Ivan Kokurin, Rick Leach, David Marrero, George Meyer, Frederik Nielson, Graydon Oliver, Jared Palmer, Mark Philippoussis, Jason Pinsky, Richey Reneberg, Bobby Reynolds, Cyril Saulnier, David Schneider, Jonathan Schneider, Andres Siljestrom and Vince Spadea.
Team 1 versus Team 2: Winner was Arik Kislin; Runner-up was Mark Ein
Team 3 versus Team 4: Winner was Jim Coleman; Runner-Up was John Paulson
Team 5 versus Team 6: Winner was Bob Bales; Runner-Up was Niko Elmaleh
Team 7 versus Team 8: Winner was Jesse Lee; Runner-Up was Bill Finneran
The Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tour consists of four exciting tournaments each year that are calendared during peak season at each venue. Each location brings an opportunity to provide not only a unique and individual experience for the amateur player but provides a platform to the community to generate awareness of prostate cancer and the work of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The PCF Pro-AM Tennis Tournaments has raised over $12.5 million to date over 13 years.
The Pro-Am Tour is a fitting memorial to the life of Charles Evans. He was committed to helping others, turning his personal tragedies into philanthropic causes. Charles Evans, an avid tennis player, would be proud of what is being done to fight prostate cancer through these events. An advocate for the improvement of quality in all lives, he championed many causes including Alzheimer’s, fire safety, health and education. Charles had a true zeal for life. From WWII veteran to successful entrepreneur, feature film producer, to a dedicated philanthropist, Charles left his mark and the impact is still being felt today.
Firmly committed to curing prostate cancer, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is the leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research globally. Since 1993, its unique strategies for identifying and investing in the most promising research programs have generated life-saving results. The organization channels resources to the world’s top scientific minds—cutting red tape and encouraging collaboration to speed breakthroughs.
As a champion for increased government and private support, PCF has helped build a global research enterprise of nearly $10 billion. Through the generous contributions of our donors, it has funded more than 2,000 programs at more than 200 research centers in 18 countries. For more than 16 million men and their families fighting prostate cancer globally, PCF is a primary source for new standard-of-care and research information. It connects patients, loved ones, care providers and scientists to critical updates, the latest developments, best practices and news from the treatment pipeline.
For further information on the PCF, please visit http://www.pcf.org/