VERO BEACH — American tennis star and Vero Beach native Mardy Fish and ACM Award-winning country artist Jake Owen will once again return home to host the fifth annual Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest to Benefit the Mardy Fish Foundation, Friday and Saturday, December 10 and 11. The Mardy Fish Foundation benefits youth in Indian River County.
Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest will be held at Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club, official host sponsor of the event. The Event weekend will kick-off with a Friday afternoon Kids’ Tennis Clinic followed by a Jake Owen Concert. Saturday will feature a Luncheon with live and silent auction and Tennis Exhibition featuring Mardy Fish and current and former touring tennis professionals in a singles and doubles match.
Tennis Exhibition tickets are $75 for Box Seats and $35 for General Admission tickets. Jake Owen Concert seating and ticket price levels to be announced upon venue selection. To purchase tickets, call 866.333.7623 or visit www.chevents.com.
Fish and Owen both grew up in Vero Beach and have incredible memories of their childhood home. “The outpouring of community support for the Event in years past has been overwhelming” said Fish, “this support allows the Foundation to continue to help children in the Vero Beach community. We’re hoping that everyone will mark the December dates in their calendar and come out for what we believe will be our best Event yet.”
The last two years have been a productive time for The Mardy Fish Foundation, which opened the Pelican Island Elementary School/Mardy Fish Music Club and Health & Fitness Club on September 11, 2007. The program provides a place for children to partake in various activities that will help them better themselves using sports, music, dance, and art.
Additional after school programs were opened for the 2009-2010 school year at J.A. Thompson Elementary, Glendale Elementary, and Sebastian Elementary. In April 2010, a program was added at Vero Beach Elementary. Programs will be launched at Treasure Coast Elementary, Liberty Magnet Elementary and Dodgertown Elementary in August 2010.
The Foundation also began Mardy’s Kids on Courts, a five-week tennis program for children ages 7-12 that focuses on match play and instruction. The Foundation will continue to support other youth organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Vero Beach, and The Youth Guidance Foundation to provide children the opportunity to attend summer camp and participate in sports and music programs.
The talented Fish kicked off the 2010 season with his seventh career doubles title on the ATP World Tour, partnering with Sam Querrey to win the SAP Open in San Jose. Fish also stormed out of the gate at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, defeating World No. 4 player Andy Murray on March 27th and again defeated Murray en route to the finals at Queen’s Club in London. He has won singles titles in Stockholm, Houston and Delray Beach. Fish, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, has been ranked among the top 20, and has represented the United States in Davis Cup.
Owen has been Grammy, CMA, ACM, and CMT nominated and received the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Male Artist Award in 2009. His debut album Startin’ With Me, released in July 2007, was a big hit and soared to No. 8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Owen’s second album, Easy Does It debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums. “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You,” the first single off of Easy Does It, climbed to No. 2 on Billboards’ Hot 100 Country Songs. Another single, “Eight Second Ride,” reached No. 11, and Owen’s newest single, “Tell Me,” is currently climbing the charts. Owen has toured with fellow country stars Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, and Sugarland.