Saturday, April 21, 2018

It’s time for the WTEF Tennis Ball! The Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF) is hosting our most important annual fundraising event on Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.  The day begins with a VIP Round Robin Tennis Tournament (held this year at our East Capitol Campus, 200 Stoddert Place SE) and is topped off with an elegant, fun-filled evening of silent and live auctions, awards, and dinner. This million-dollar gala supports WTEF’s academic and athletic enrichment programs for underserved children in Washington.

Sponsorship opportunities range from $25,000-$4,000 with an array of benefits. Become a sponsor now! Sponsors who commit by February 23rd will be included in the printed event invitation mailed to more than 4,000 supporters. Best of all, sponsors have the satisfaction of knowing that their support is helping underserved children and youth achieve brighter futures.

The Tennis Ball is chaired this year by The Honorable John Breaux and his wife Lois. Former Senator Breaux is a Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. The evening begins at the Ritz-Carlton with Cocktails and a Silent Auction from 6pm-7:30pm and continues with Dinner, Fund a Future, Live Auction, and Awards from 7:30pm-9pm.

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A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of our awards to our distinguished honorees and remarks by a current WTEF student.

2017 Honorees below, 2018 Honorees coming soon!

Ken Solomon

American Tennis Association

Richey Reneberg

Ken Solomon, Distinguished Achievement Award

The Distinguished Service Award is being given to Ken Solomon, President of Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to the professional sport and passionate lifestyle of tennis. Established in 2003, the network houses every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most comprehensive single-sport coverage on TV, televising the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open) and the Australian Open, in addition to a slate of the sport’s most important events, including ATP World Tour and WTA Tour competition, and the Davis Cup, Fed Cup and Hopman Cup.

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American Tennis Association, Lifetime Achievement Award

WTEF is honored to bestow the Life Time Achievement Award to The American Tennis Association (ATA). The ATA is the oldest African-American sports organization in the United States. The core of the ATA’s modern mission continues to be promoting tennis as a sport for African-Americans and developing junior tennis players, but the ATA welcomes people of all backgrounds.
The ATA is based in Largo, Maryland, and was founded in Washington, D.C. on November 30, 1916 by a group of African-American businessmen, college professors and physicians as the African-American equivalent to the National Championships.

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Richey Reneberg, Champion of Tennis Award

The Champion of Tennis Award will go to Richey Reneberg, who is a decorated former professional tennis player.  Along with Richey’s partner Jim Grabb, they were ranked World No. 1 in doubles and won the 1992 US Open doubles title. He won a second doubles Grand Slam with partner Jared Palmer at the 1995 Australian Open.  Richey has a 6-3 career Davis Cup record. During this time, Richey served our country with great honor as he represented the U.S. in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Since 2000, Richey has worked for Taconic Capital Advisors, a New York-based investment firm, doing marketing and client service work.

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2017 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor:


Platinum Sponsors:


Honorable John and Lois Breaux

Manny Ortiz and Kristin Solheim / VantageKnight

Gold Sponsors:


Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP

Marcia and Frank Carlucci

Clark Charitable Foundation


Habib and Hind Debs / Advanced Technology Systems Company

Hilton Worldwide

Marcella and Terry Jones

Sharon Marcil and Thomas Monahan

Trisha and Jim Ritzenberg / Cathy and Scot McCulloch

Taconic Capitol

Tennis Channel

Sam and Marie Woodall

Silver Sponsors:

4 Star Tennis Academy

John Arnhold

Carol and Gary Berman

Mark Betts and Shelley Slade

CSX Corporation

Edison Electric Institute

Karen and Steve Evans

Fidelity Investments

Dalbert and Nancy Ginsberg / Ginsberg Helfer & Boyd, PLLC

Marilyn and Michael Glosserman

Guest Services, Inc.

The Hanley Foundation of DC

Sarah Jackson and Ian Glazer

Janne Ritzenberg Piper Trust / Win and Mundy Piper

Isabel and Jerry Jasinowski

Linda and Steve Jenning

Anne B. Keiser and Douglas Lapp

Mark and Sally Ein Foundation

Bernard Moens and Kimberley Raleigh

NBC4 Washington


Richey and Margot Reneberg

Cynthea and Thomas Riesenberg

Terry and Wayne Rusch / University Club

Ned Scherer / Russell Ramsey


Maria Petschek Smith

Jane and Dick Stoker

United States Tennis Association

Washington Kastles

WashingtonFirst Bank

Bronze Sponsors:


ASCII Group Inc. / Lauren and Alan Weinberger

Lara and Justin Bakewell

Jon Blake and Liz Shriver

Lisa Brown

BuckleySandler LLP

Robb Bunnen

Capitol Counsel LLC

The Carlyle Group

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

Louis and Theresa Dupart / The Normandy Group

Raina Fishbane and Chuck Walker

Diann and David Frantz

Scott and Dana Fredericksen / Jay and Robin Varon / Foley & Lardner LLP

Graham Holdings

Constance Harriman and Ed Whitfield

Sara Jane and Brian Harris

Nancy and John Harris

Altomease and Henry Kennedy

Kenwood Golf and Country Club

LHC Group


George Neale


Andrea and John Rice

David Rubin and Sharon Russ

Mary and Dave Stevens

Erin and Robert Thomson


Joanne and Dan Waldman

David Wilmot and Vanena Ralay

Floral Provided by Twigz Studios

Wine Provided by Wine Institute