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Celebrity Tennis fundraiser awards grants

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Posted: Apr 19, 2010 2:31 PM by Brian Waldrep
Source: Pennington Family Foundation

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Topics: Celebrity, Tennis, Fundraiser, Grant

A tennis exhibition that featured Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King is granting $184,000 to Baton Rouge-area nonprofits that work to reduce HIV/AIDS and to care for people with the illness.

The funds were raised in December at the 17th Annual Smash Hits, a tennis display that included top players Andy Roddick and Serena Williams.

Lead sponsor was The Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, which partnered for the fund-raiser with the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, World Team Tennis, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation and other local and national funders and sponsors.

The grantees are:

AIDSLAW, $10,000 for operating expenses.

Baton Rouge AIDS Society, $21,000 for Project P.L.A.N.T., which provides outreach and testing supplies.

Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center, $10,270 for programs to reduce the relapse of people with co-occurring HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.

Baton Rouge Area Nurses in AIDS Care, $2,000 for an educational symposium concerning adolescents and HIV/AIDS.

Capitol City Family Health Center, $6,000 for nutritional supplements for AIDS patients.

Capitol Area Recovery Program, $19,836 to increase street outreach and client services.

Earl K. Long Early Intervention Clinic, $2,000 for client transportation.

Face-to-Face-Gonzales, $10,000 for street outreach in Ascension Parish.

Louisiana Community AIDS Partnership-Louisiana Public Health Institute, $23,718 for improving collaboration among nonprofits

Baton Rouge Black Alcoholism Council’s Metro Heath, $21,000 for HIV/AIDS education and empowerment for women

Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta, $21,000 for training and education.

St. Anthony’s Home, $2,500 for hospice resident personal needs and services and incidentals for return to individual living.

Volunteers of America, $2,000 for computers to support HIV/AIDS case managers.

Woman’s Hospital, $2,000 for a mother-to-child transmission prevention program.

YWCA, $21,000 for a street outreach program.

The Smash Hits HIV/AIDS fund will continue to raise money and support nonprofits across the region.

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