WTA Champion Lindsay Davenport, a three-time Grand Slam champion, spoke at the luncheon and played tennis with attendees, which saw record turnout and the highest amount of funding raised for the foundation since its start.
The grants were awarded to 18 deserving member organizations of the United States Tennis Association’s Eastern Section with $18,760 donated over the course of the year.
In addition, EATF raised over $6,000 more for 2014 grants through a live auction held during the annual luncheon, including a trip to Wimbledon.
President and chairman of EATF Whitney Thompson said, "We had a beautiful event and we hope to continue to grow this event yearly and continue to make an impact on the lives of tennis fans and players."
"This is a great way to provide adults with something positive," she continued about the 18 grants awarded in 2013.
In addition to the live auction, tennis playing and address by Davenport, the EATF added a fashion show sponsored by Sportech for clothing and jewelry by Love by Hazel. A percentage of proceeds from sales of the items went to the foundation.
At the luncheon, the EATF also honored one of Sharon Weiner, a former chair of the foundation. "She has so much passion for tennis and compassion as a person," said Thompson, who also mentioned Weiner’s extensive volunteering in the sport. "She has been an integral part of the EATF and ran the committee and the event for five years."
The EATF was founded in 2004 and provides grants to member organizations of the United States Tennis Association’s Eastern Section, which encompasses New York, Northern New Jersey and Southern Connecticut.