Another highly successful Chris Evert Raymond James Pro Celebrity Tennis Classic has come to a close and once again Karen Corcoran Walsh and her teen rehab Inspirations for Youth and Families were sponsors.
Karen Corcoran Walsh long-standing support of the Chris Evert Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic is a natural extension of her unrelenting desire to save teens lives and restore families afflicted with substance abuse and mental health issues. She has been sponsoring this event for nearly a decade. Remarkably the Chris Evert Celebrity tennis event has raised over $22.5 million in an ongoing campaign against drug abuse and child neglect in Florida.
Teen Addiction Treatment is a family problem
Karen understands all too well that teen substance abuse disorders are not isolated problems – they not only devastate the teen but also the entire family. This is the core reason Karen supports the Chris Evert Charity because it does not focus solely on the teen.
“We see everyday how families are impacted by drug abuse,” said Corcoran Walsh. “It is not a one size fits all issue. Sometimes pregnant teens with a substance abuse disorder do not have the means for treatment. In other instances, grandparents have had to raise their grandchildren because their son or daughter is suffering from an addiction.”
“This is where Chris Evert’s fundraising network to foundations like an Ounce of Prevention are so valuable,” Corcoran Walsh says. “The money the foundation raises each year goes right back to the community in the hands of the people that are in serious need of help.”
A worthy cause
Chris Evert Charities partners with The Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, a public -private partnership to raise money for needy programs. The Ounce of Prevention Fund matches moneys raised through the Chris Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic.
It’s not all work
There are always celebrity sightings walking the red carpet at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. But this year was particularly exciting as Jimmy Buffett made a surprise appearance. He rocked the intimate gala crowd with some of his legendary musical hits.
Karen looks forward to continuing her partnership with the Chris Evert Charity for many years to come . She wants to fulfill one of her most important goals – saving teens lives and restoring family dreams.