The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education (AAFE) raised more than $26.1 million at the 16th Grand Slam for Children benefit concert, in conjunction with its long time partner and presenting sponsor, Longines.
A donation of $18 million from Kirk Kerkorian, $1.5 million from the Engelstad Family Foundation and $1 million from Windsong Trust combined with ticket sales and proceeds from a live auction accounted for the largest amount raised in a single night for the Foundation.
The funds benefit the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy (Agassi Prep), a tuition free public K-12 charter school serving students in historical West Las Vegas.
“I am both astounded and humbled by the generosity and compassion of our community, the artists, sponsors, partners and donors,” said Andre Agassi.[ Also Read: Knowledge Stories for Children ]
Held Saturday, Oct. 29, at Wynn Las Vegas, the Grand Slam featured a star-studded lineup of performers including Michael Buble, Jimmy Kimmel, Martina McBride, Smokey Robinson and Train, with surprise appearances by Gladys Knight, Signature Group and comedian Jeff Ross.
The Grand Slam brings together international stars and noted artists– from music to comedy – to build awareness and raise money for the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser. Dedicated to transforming and elevating education, the Foundation opened Agassi Prep in 2001.
In 2009, the public charter school graduated its first senior class, with 100 percent of graduates accepted into college, as were the graduates of the classes of 2010 and 2011.
The Foundation’s work is directly impacting students in Las Vegas, Agassi’s hometown community, but it has broader implications for education nationwide.
Through state and national advocacy, the Foundation strives to increase investment in, and accountability for, public schools.
Andre Agassi is a former American professional tennis player and World No. 1.
Photo courtesy: AAFE