8th annual SES Pro-Am draws top tennis pros and amateurs to Rancho Valencia


The 8th Annual Sean Eduardo Sanchez (SES) fundraising Pro-Am will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning at 1 p.m., at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, located at 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, California. Proceeds will provide the children of Tecate, Mexico, with access to free tennis lessons, tennis equipment and cross border tournament transportation while also supporting the efforts of the Empty Cradle, a San Diego non-profit organization that helps parents cope with the loss of an infant before, during or after birth.

There are currently 500 children enrolled in free tennis lessons at the SES Tennis Center, which has grown since inception in 2004 to include four regulation-size tennis courts. Sponsors of the Pro-Am as of this printing include: Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa; Geyser Holdings; Gerald Parsky; Mark Selland; Chris and Diane Shea; San Diego Self Storage; Donald R. Shepherd; Dr. Sean and Marjan Daneshmand; Ohana Café; Coffee Ambassador; Hanson Surfboards; Schubach Aviation; Valenti International, Wilson Sporting Goods; Kuba Kreations; Sushi in the Ranch; Daniella Huntchukova; Neville Billmoria; Louise Kermode; Rancho Valencia Villas; Andy Volkert and San Diego Charger Quentin Jammer. Returning this year to compete for the championship is former number one U.S. doubles tennis champion and five-time men’s doubles grand slam winner Rick Leach, along with Scott Davis, previous U.S. number 11 ranked top singles player and Todd Nelson, former top ranked 58th ranked singles player in the world.

A highlight of the two-day event is a Sponsor Party on the evening of Friday, Sept. 14, that will be hosted by Dr. Sean and Marjan Daneshmand at their private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. The Sponsor Party includes a Polynesian buffet dinner provided by Ohana Café and Kuba Kreations, silent auction and entertainment by Polynesian dance troupe Kepolani Ohana E Kai. Reservations may be purchased for $95 per person to attend the Sponsor Party on Sept. 14 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The tennis tournament at Rancho Valencia on Sept. 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. includes a barbeque and trophy presentation for a price of $95 per person (children under 10 are welcomed at $40 per child for this family-friendly event). A combined price of $185 is available to attend both events.

Eduardo Sanchez, head tennis pro at Rancho Valencia who is organizing the fundraising event, was born and raised in the city of Tecate, Mexico and accomplished a life-long dream to construct public tennis courts for use by all the citizens of Tecate, regardless of their ability to pay for instruction. He and his wife Amelia dedicated the project on June 4, 2004, in honor of their deceased son Sean Eduardo.

For more information regarding the non-profit SES Tennis Center, or to purchase reservations to attend the events, please call (858) 832-8297, visit or email Details on the additional beneficiary, Empty Cradle, may be located at