Tennis great Gigi Fernandez makes ace of an impression at tennis and learning benefit
What:Houston Tennis Association "Game, Set, Match" gala.
Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel.
The scoop: International Hall of Fame tennis star Gigi Fernandez, 51, had tennis fans enthralled with stories of her introduction to tennis in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and her climb to the status of No. 1 women's doubles player in the world and the benefits of being world famous.
The event raised more than $100,000 for Houston's National Junior Tennis & Learning program, which provides free tennis and education classes and scholarships for underserved youngsters. More than 6,000 kids in the Houston area benefit each year from the NJTL programs.
Lara Lehman chaired and Becky and Ralph O'Connor, avid tennis players, served as honorary chairs of the benefit that was emceed by KPRC Channel 2 news anchor Rachel McNeill.
Who: Bev Taylor, Dagmar Embree, Sean Rudolph, Claire Goosey, Sara and Randy Ortwein, Gwen and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, Shelley and Tracy Ludwick, and Margaret and T.C. Chang.