Annual SES Pro-Am returns to Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe
The 9th Annual Sean Eduardo Sanchez (SES) fundraising Pro-Am will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7, beginning at 1 p.m., at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, located at 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe.
Proceeds from the two-day event 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 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 300 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. SES Tennis Center student and rising youth tennis champion Eugenio Gonzalez has been enrolled at the SES Tennis Center in Tecate, Mexico for four years (beginning at age 7) and is 11 years old. Through free tennis instruction, equipment and tournament transportation provided by the SES Tennis Center, he has risen to the rank of #2 in the 12-and-under category in Mexico and #1 last year in the 10-and-under category in San Diego.
According to SES Tennis Center Founder Eduardo Sanchez, “We’re thrilled with Eugenio’s accomplishments under the guidance of our tennis center — we established this facility to foster both tennis and life skills in underprivileged youth and his success is a living testament to us fulfilling our mission. The annual Pro-Am we host every year at Rancho Valencia is our only source of funding and we’re tremendously grateful to our sponsors and volunteers who make this event possible.”
Primary sponsors of the Pro-Am at this time include: Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa; Geyser Holdings; Gerald Parsky; Patrick Dugan and Family; Sarah and John Cox; Milton’s Restaurant; Donald R. Shepherd; La Reine des Macarons; Coffee Ambassador; Hanson Surfboards; Schubach Aviation; Wilson Sporting Goods and Andy Volkert.
A highlight of the two-day event is a Sponsor Party on the evening of Friday, Sept. 6, that will be hosted by John and Sarah Cox at their private residence in Rancho Santa Fe. The Sponsor Party includes a buffet dinner provided by Milton’s Restaurant, silent auction, entertainment by musician Ean Corbet and numerologist/tarot card reader Adrienne Abeyta. Works of art by artist Kurosh Yahyai will be on display for sale, as well as jewelry from Rancho Santa Fe Estate and Fine Jewelry; both vendors will donate a portion of sales this evening back to the SES Tennis Center. Reservations may be purchased for $85 per person to attend the Sponsor Party on Sept. 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The tennis tournament at Rancho Valencia on Sept. 7 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. includes a barbeque and trophy presentation for a price of $85 per person (children under 10 are welcomed at $40 per child for this family-friendly event). A combined price of $185.00 is available to attend both events.
Eduardo Sanchez, head tennis pro at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa 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. He and his wife Amelia dedicated the project on June 4, 2004, in honor of their deceased son, Sean Eduardo.
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa most recently made Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Hot list and was ranked as the #7 resort in the country and #1 resort in California by U.S. News & World Report (2012) and won a 2012 Silver Sage Spa Award from Spa Magazine.
For more information regarding the non-profit SES Tennis Center, or to purchase reservations to attend the events, please call (858) 832-8297, visit sestenniscenter.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details on the additional beneficiary, Empty Cradle, may be located at www.emptycradle.org.