Djokovic Hosts Star-Studded Foundation Fundraiser
New York, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
A day after succumbing to Rafael Nadal in the US Open final, Novak Djokovic traded his tennis racquet for a suit and tie Tuesday evening, when he hosted the second annual fundraising dinner for his foundation. Held at Capitale, in lower Manhattan, the Novak Djokovic Foundation, which supports underprivileged youths around the world, raised $2.5 million for Serbian preschoolers at the star-studded event.
Celebrities in attendance included fashion icons Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan and Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, entertainers Ricky Gervais and Randy Jackson and models Adriana Lima, Naomi Campbell and Karolina Kurkova. Athletes included tennis legends John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors, as well as Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte and New York Mets star pitcher Matt Harvey. Legendary actress Goldie Hawn also joined in the festivities.
"Our mission is to to provide support, encouragement and resources to young children so they can fulfill and nurture their dreams," Djokovic said. "We try our best to enable them to grow up, play and develop in stimulating, creative and safe environments, with strategic community facility planning, development and financing, whilst instilling respect and consideration for their surroundings. It is important for them to know that many things are possible if they work hard."
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Since the foundation’s inception in 2007, Djokovic has pushed to foster awareness for children in disadvantaged communities and develop stimulating and safe environments in which they can grow and play.
Earlier this year, Djokovic received an ATP ACES For Charity grant in support of The Novak Djokovic Foundation. The ATP ACES For Charity program is a global initiative aimed at giving back to communities where ATP World Tour events are played, as well as recognising and supporting tournament and player charitable initiatives.
The World No. 1 returns to the tennis court later this week when Serbia hosts Canada in the Davis Cup semi-finals, in Belgrade.
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