2018-06-07 / Mainsheet

Aces for Rhode Island Fundraiser for Local Charities

When the ATP World Tour comes to Newport this July, every ace fired off on stadium court will mean more than just a point on the scoreboard, it will also result in raising funds to support local charities. The International Tennis Hall of Fame has partnered with seven local non-profits to launch Aces for Rhode Island, a new community fundraising effort that uses the upcoming Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open as a vehicle for creative fundraising to support a variety of important causes.

Through Aces for Rhode Island, the participating non-profits are soliciting pledges for every ace served on center court during the tournament. Pledges start at just 5 cents per ace, with the option to give more at the donor’s choosing. With approximately 300 aces expected, a 5-cent pledge will bring in at least a $15 donation, and a $1 pledge could result in a $300 contribution designated to the participating charity of the donor’s choice. The program has limitless potential to generate significant, impactful funds for groups in need.

Aces for Rhode Island kicked off May 30 and will run through the tournament, which will be held July 15 to 22, 2018. Pledges can be made at HallofFameOpen.com/ aces, where donors can select the charities of their choice to support, or opt to have their contribution split equally among all participating charities.

"We are thrilled to be able to utilize our existing programming to benefit these area non-profits and the communities they serve through Aces for Rhode Island,” said Hall of Fame CEO Todd Martin.

For the inaugural year, seven area non-profits will participate in the program. They are: Boys and Girls Club of Newport County, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Lucy’s Hearth, Newport County YMCA, Redwood Library & Athenæum, Sail Newport, and Year Up Providence.

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