About Our Charities
“While tennis has been my profession, helping needy children has been my passion.
For almost a decade it has been my pleasure to work in partnership with The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida to help hundreds of substance-abusing moms get the help they need to give their children a good start in life.”
“I always wanted to have my own charity program, but there just wasn’t time when I was playing. I did not want to do it in name only— where I wouldn’t be active in organizing and overseeing it.”
Chris retired from Professional Tennis in September 1989, after her final match in the U.S. Open. One month later, Chrissie was back on the tennis court hosting the first Chris Evert Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic in Boca Raton, Florida.
The first fundraiser for Chris Evert Charities drew widespread attention in the international press. It was proclaimed the most successful, first-year benefit in tennis history. The 1989 event raised more than $350,000 before a sold-out crowd and a national television audience.
That inaugural event benefited a campus of drug treatment facilities in one of the poorest neighborhoods of South Florida. The treatment facility was built by The Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County offering treatment and prevention programs at all levels for troubled patients. The facility was built with virtually all labor and materials donated from the community, but with no funding for operations. With the funds provided by Chris Evert Charities, the facility was able to open its doors in early 1991 to fill an immediate need.
Chrissie met with Governor Martinez and HRS Secretary Greg Coler in Tallahassee. It was decided that other programs in the state could benefit from Evert’s superb fundraising abilities. She joined forces with The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, a public/private partnership, established in 1988, with a similar vision as Chrissie’s.
The Ounce is committed to a proactive approach to the prevention of family and social problems such as substance abuse by pregnant and parenting women. With these forces united, they agreed to a new fund matching program with the state of Florida. Governor Martinez pledged to match, dollar for dollar, all funds that Chris Evert gave to The Ounce, automatically doubling Chris’ efforts for 1990 and all years following.
“The whole idea of The Ounce of Prevention Fund is to find ways to eliminate problems in early childhood, and mothers taking drugs during pregnancy is one of the biggest problems children face today.”
—T. Wayne Davis
Chairman, The Ounce of Prevention Fund
The 2012 23rd Chris Evert / Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic raised an amazing $600,000 dollars. Over $20.6 million dollars of donated funds has been distributed to worthwhile programs all over Florida. With the help of loyal and generous sponsors, participating celebrities, legions of volunteers and a dedicated staff, Chris Evert will continue to raise money to fund programs that ensure a future for at-risk children and their families.
The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida
Chris serves on the board of this state-wide, public/private group of concerned leaders in business and government, who share her vision for the children of Florida. Through her active involvement in this non-profit organization, the State legislature has matched, dollar-for-dollar, all the funds she has raised.
Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida
Chris is on the Advisory Board of this organization whose mission is to grant the wish of any child between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 who has a terminal or life threatening illness which creates the probability that the child will not reach his or her eighteenth year.
Florida Sports Foundation
Appointed in October 1991 by Governor Lawton Chiles, Chris serves on this board whose goal is to promote the sports industry in a way that is consistent with the best interests of the State of Florida.
United Sports Fans of America
Chris is on the Advisory Board of this national organization dedicated to representing the interests of fans. Its purpose is to improve the quality of sports in America by giving fans a voice by conducting surveys via the Internet (www.usfans.com) and giving the results to players, owners, sports writers, agents and news media.
Save the Children
Chris joined the advisory board in 1992. Save the Children helps communities identify their problems and find solutions appropriate to their culture and environment. Their goal is to help people turn dependence into self-reliance.
American AIDS Association
Along with Michael Bolton, Whitney Houston, Joan Lunden and Kathie Lee Gifford, Chris serves on this advisory board aimed at assisting the fight against AIDS & HIV.
Women’s Sports Foundation
Chris has been on the board of the Women’s Sports Foundation since March of 1990.
The WSF Board sets policy and direction for this national nonprofit educational organization dedicated to promoting the sports experience for girls and women.
International Tennis Hall of Fame
Founded in 1954, The International Hall of Fame is committed to the preservation and development of tennis as a game and sport and to the future growth of tennis. Chris has been on the board since 1990.
The Don Shula Foundation
Dedicated to breast cancer research, Don Shula formed the Don Shula Foundation in 1991 after his late wife Dorothy's long bout with this dreadful disease. Chris has recently become a member of the honorary board and is proud to support Don Shula in the fight to eradicate breast cancer.
National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse
Music superstar Michael Bolton introduced Chris to this important group. She joined the honorary board in Dec. 1993.
The Buoniconti Fund
Chris is one of the founding board members along with Nick and Marc Buoniconti, Gloria Estefan and others in the fight to cure paralysis.
Palm Beach County Sports Authority
Chris serves as the Honorary Chairperson for the Youth Programs Committee that develops leaders of tomorrow through sports.
Chris Evert Charities partners with The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, a public -private partnership administered with the State of Florida, to raise money for needy programs which otherwise would not be fully-funded by the State. The Ounce of Prevention Fund matches moneys raised through the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic.
Chris Evert Charities is a non-profit foundation under section 501©3 of IRS code