Andre Agassi’s Grand Slam for Children concert fund-raiser is being moved to Wynn Las Vegas after a long run at the MGM Grand, Vegas Confidential has learned.
"The event will be held at Wynn this year," Wynn spokeswoman Amy Rossetti confirmed today. She referred further comment to R& R Partners, the Las Vegas-based advertising and public relations agency that represents the event.
The event will be held in Wynn’s Lafitte ballroom.
Agassi, the retired tennis great, has raised more than $60 million for charity in the previous 12 years at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. More than 90,000 have attended the fund-raisers.
The Grand Slam has grown into the largest fund-raising concert in Las Vegas, thanks to a deep talent lineup that features a half dozen musical or comedic stars every year. Grammy-winning producer, arranger and composer David Foster has been the musical director for 12 years.
Founded in 1994, the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation benefits at-risk youth in Southern Nevada. In 2001, the Foundation opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, a K-12 public charter school for at-risk children.
“We’re thrilled to be moving to Wynn Las Vegas. It’s one of the most beautiful properties in the world, and we think it’s an ideal fit for the Grand Slam for Children. The MGM was a wonderful partner for many years. Moving to Wynn Las Vegas, however, allows us to keep the event fresh and exciting. At the end of the day, the Grand Slam is about raising the most money we can to benefit at-risk youth in the Las Vegas area, and providing the best evening of entertainment possible for our supporters,” said Rob Powers, a spokesman for Agassi.
— NORM CLARKE, Vegas Confidential