Charter schools to keep Agassi busy


On the biggest night in the 16-year history of the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children, the tennis great was asked the lingering question: What's next?

"That's a good question," Agassi told a cluster of reporters.

"I let the tape snap across my chest at the finish line, that's how I feel about tonight," he said. "That's how I feel about tonight. Every year is tough. Finishing this night is so rewarding.

"What happens from here on, it is something I'll take stock in shortly after. It's not final in the sense of our mission."

It's final, he said, in the sense that the goal of $100 million -- and then some -- was reached to fund in perpetuity the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy for at-risk students.

The news-making night at Wynn Las Vegas saw an event-record $26.1 million raised, crowned by a breathtaking $18 million donation from Las Vegas visionary Kirk Kerkorian. The $26.1 million pushed the 16-year total to $114 million raised through the Grand Slam fundraiser.

His next project, the opening of 75 charter schools around the country, will keep him involved.

"I'm not stopping. Trust me," he said.

Kerkorian, by the way, did not attend. That would have been out of character for the media-shy 94-year-old gaming giant who has rarely been seen on a red carpet.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

And how did Agassi and Steffi Graf celebrate their 10th anniversary on Oct. 22? At SW Steakhouse at Wynn Las Vegas, seated at a table overlooking the Lake of Dreams. "(We) stared at each other and stared at each other. I took a deep breath as to what all this has led to," Agassi said. He gave her a necklace and handbag that she had at the gala Saturday.

SIGHTINGS

Heidi Klum, making a shocking Halloween entrance on the red carpet at Tao (The Venetian) on Saturday. In a painted body suit patterned after "Bodies: The Exhibition," the German supermodel and host of "Project Runway" arrived on an autopsy gurney covered with a white sheet. Facial makeup required 3½ hours to complete. It was the latest and most dramatic costume in her 13 years of hosting her Halloween party, her first in Las Vegas. ... "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and best friend Caitlin Ryder, wearing feline costumes and growling at photographers at Pure (Caesars Palace) on Saturday. ... Jenna Elfman and "True Blood" star Sam Trammell, in separate parties at Louis C.K.'s show at the Pearl at the Palms. ... Bridget Marquardt of "Girls Next Door," hosting at Gallery (Planet Hollywood Resort) as a zombie Playboy Bunny. Also there: UFC welterweight star Nick Diaz, celebrating his win against BJ Penn in UFC 137. Among his group: UFC fighter and actor Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, and Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks. ... Saturday at Rain (Palms) for "Paulyween," featuring resident DJ Pauly D: Actress Jaime Pressly with boyfriend Hamzi Hijazi and friends. ... Ice-T and Coco, from E!'s hit reality show "Ice Loves Coco," hosting the Halloween "Player's Ball" at LAX nightclub at Luxor on Saturday. He was dressed as Hannibal Lecter and she wore a sexy devil outfit.

THE PUNCH LINE

"You went to Madonna's house and she adopted you." -- From David Letterman's "Top Ten Signs You Had a Bad Halloween"

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

 

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