2013 Palm Springs Open Tennis Tournament To Benefit AIDS Assistance Program

By on September 23, 2013

20th Annual Event is Free to Public and Features Some of World’s Top LGBT Tennis Players 

Palm Springs OpenPALM SPRINGS – August 29, 2013: AIDS Assistance Program (AAP) has been selected by the Desert Tennis Association as the benefitting charity for the 2013 Palm Springs Open Tennis Tournament. The 20th annual tournament takes place from Friday to Sunday, November 29 – through Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the following host sites: Mission Hills Country Club, Monterey Country Club, Rancho Las Palmas Country Club, and Plaza Racquet Club.

The event is free to the public, and a portion of the proceeds from the silent auction and dinner will benefit AAP.

 “AAP has an excellent track record in providing critical services to those living with AIDS here in our desert community,” says Tournament Director Nabil Najjar. “We strongly believe in this organization as a trusted and cost-efficient provider of critical services, supported by a group of dedicated volunteers, which make it a great match for our organization.”

Mission Hills Country Club will host a banquet at 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 30. Tickets for the banquet are $40 per person and include a no-host cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment. Those who donate to the tournament on behalf of AAP, via a gift certificate, raffle item, or silent auction item, will be recognized publicly at the event and in an advertisement featured in the tournament player book.

A kickoff party for supporters and players will take place on Friday, October 25th at a private home in Mirada Estates. For tournament information and player registration please visit www.deserttennis.us or contact Nabil Najjar at nabilinla@aol.com. Tickets for the Saturday night banquet may be purchased at www.aidsassistance.org and seating is limited. To inquire about sponsorships or donations and the kickoff party, please call 760-325-8481.

“We encourage everyone to donate what they can to this worthwhile event, whether it is a gift certificate, raffle item or silent auction item,” says Mark Anton, Executive Director of AIDS Assistance Program.  Noting that AAP has been the beneficiary since 2005 he added:  “It is this type of continued support that makes our voucher program possible, and we are grateful that the Desert Tennis Association has again selected us as their charity recipient.”

Since its founding in 1991, AIDS Assistance Program of Palm Springs remains dedicated to providing nutritional support to improve the quality of the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS. Initiated by a small group of concerned citizens led by the late Gloria Greene and Jeannette Rockefeller, AAP provides food to members of the community with low incomes. For more information, please call 760/325-8481 or visit aidsassistance.org.

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