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Monday 26 April 2010 @ 15:44 - GMT

The Andre Agassi Foundation for Education today announced that Sir Elton and Rob Thomas will headline its 15th Grand Slam for Children concert. The annual event supports the foundation's efforts to transform education and benefits the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy (Agassi Prep), a K-12 public charter school in Las Vegas which strives to provide children with a first-class education.

Hosted by tennis legend and philanthropist Andre Agassi and presented by Genworth Financial, the 2010 Grand Slam will take place Saturday, October 9, at Wynn Las Vegas.

"Reaching our 15th Grand Slam is an incredible milestone, and the support we've gotten from both the artists and those involved with our foundation have made that possible," said Andre. "We're honoured that Elton and Rob will headline this special anniversary night, ultimately helping us make a difference in the lives of Agassi Prep students."

Celebrating its 15th year, the Grand Slam brings together international names each year to build awareness and raise money for the philanthropy. Dedicated to transforming education, the organisation opened the Agassi Academy in 2001; in 2009, the public charter school graduated its first senior class with 100 percent of graduates accepted into college. The foundation's work is directly impacting students in Las Vegas, Agassi's hometown community, but it has broader implications for education nationwide.

Since 1995, the Grand Slam has raised nearly $82 million, including $8 million from the 14th event, to support a movement that's improving education.

Additional talent, to be announced at a later date, will join Elton and Rob under the musical direction of Grammy Award-winning producer, arranger and composer David Foster.


The evening will include a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner, live auction and benefit concert. Sponsorships for the Grand Slam are available at the following levels: Silver $10,000, Gold $17,500, Platinum $40,000, and Diamond $85,000.

Learn more by visiting

www.agassifoundation.org.