Owen and Professional Tennis Player Mardy Fish Team for a Fifth Year for the Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest
Proceeds to Benefit the Mardy Fish Foundation and the Newly Created Jake Owen Foundation
Nashville, TN – RCA Nashville recording artist and Vero Beach, FL, native Jake Owen has headlined four years of consecutive sell-outs for his hometown Jake Owen Concert, always a highlight of the annual benefit, Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest. This year’s concert, slated for December 10, is set to be bigger than ever as it moves to the 6500-seat Holman Stadium, and Owen welcomes Platinum-selling Capitol Records Nashville group Little Big Town as his special guest.
The Event also takes on a new dimension with the creation of the Jake Owen Foundation, which joins longtime Event beneficiary the Mardy Fish Foundation as a new vehicle for charitable support geared toward children.
The Mardy Fish Foundation, established by tennis pro Mardy Fish as a way to support youth organizations and programs in the Vero Beach area, will be a key beneficiary of the Jake Owen Foundation, together with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“It’s all about the children,” Owen says of his foundation, “and doing our part to help them be all they can be, from education and development to simply being able to be healthy and have access to the best medical care. I couldn’t be happier to launch my foundation this year and have amazing friends like Little Big Town on board to make this an incredible show.”
“Seeing as we’re all parents, nothing is more important to us as than our children’s health and happiness,” says Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild. “Jake is a longtime friend, and we’re really happy to be a part of his charity event,” adds the band’s Phillip Sweet, “and it’s great to be involved in any effort helping children and their fight to be well.”
Prior to the evening concert, the Event weekend kicks-off on Friday, December 10, with a Kids’ Tennis Clinic at Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club, the Official Host Sponsor of the Event. The Event continues on Saturday, December 11, with a Luncheon that includes a live and silent auction and a Tennis Exhibition featuring Event Host Mardy Fish, who will be joined by current and/or former touring tennis professionals in a singles and doubles match.
Fish, currently ranked No. 19, won back-to-back titles for the first time in his career at Newport and Atlanta this summer. The winner of five singles and eight doubles titles on the ATP tour, Fish also reached the Cincinnati final this summer, losing to Roger Federer in three sets. He’s also played on the U.S. Davis Cup Team during his career, won the 2004 Olympic Silver Medal at the Athens Games and ranked among the top 20 in the world. In doubles, Fish is also enjoying a successful 2010 season, winning his seventh ATP doubles title in San Jose, CA, with Sam Querrey, and his eighth doubles title in Washington, DC, with Mark Knowles.
Tennis Exhibition tickets are $75 for Box Seats and $35 for General Admission tickets. Tickets for the Jake Owen Concert with Special Guests are $75 for Premier Seats (on field) and $15 for General Admission (stadium bleacher seating). There will be limited VIP Pit Seats available; price and availability to be announced soon. To purchase tickets, call 866.333.7623 or visit www.chevents.com.
For further information about the Kids’ Tennis Clinic, Luncheon, and Sponsorships, call C & H Events, Inc. at 561.394.9190 or visit www.chevents.com. For more information on the Mardy Fish Foundation visit www.mardytennis.com.
About Jake Owen
RCA Nashville recording artist Jake Owen emerged as one of country’s hottest young talents with the 2006 release of his debut album, Startin’ with Me, and he’s built on that excitement with his latest album, Easy Does It, and a growing list of hits that includes five consecutive Top 15 singles with such songs as “Don’t Think I Can’t Love You” and “Eight Second Ride.” A past ACM winner as Top New Male Vocalist, Owen has earned CMA, CMT, and GRAMMY award nominations while becoming a fan-favorite, appearing on such programs as Good Morning America and CMT Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, and touring with superstars like Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, and Carrie Underwood. Keep up with all the latest news on Jake at www.jakeowen.net.
About Little Big Town
Critically-acclaimed platinum-selling group Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook—first entered the music scene over 12 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” and “Good As Gone,” but it is their fourth studio album and recent chart-topping release on Capitol Records Nashville, The Reason Why, that really has people talking. The Dallas Morning News’ Mario Tarradell writes, “There’s so much vibrant authenticity and heart in Little Big Town’s sound,” and Associated Press’ Michael McCall adds, “Little Big Town should regain their swagger as one of country music’s most distinctive acts.” Collectively, the group has earned three GRAMMY nominations, seven ACM nominations, and as of late, their eighth CMA Awards nomination. Currently on tour with Sugarland, fans can hear their top Billboard hit “Little White Church” as well as forthcoming single, “Kiss Goodbye,” by visiting www.littlebigtown.com.
Jake Owen Foundation Mission Statement
The Jake Owen Foundation, established in 2010, was created to offer its support on a national level to children battling cancer and other childhood diseases while also lending its support to the Mardy Fish Foundation and its mission to assist youth in Owen’s hometown area of Indian River County, FL. Through Jake’s association with the country music community, he has had the opportunity to visit children and families at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, who are benefiting from the extensive research and patient care the hospital provides. Once a patient is accepted, St. Jude covers all medical costs beyond those covered by insurance, and families without insurance are never asked to pay. St. Jude also provides transportation, lodging, and meals for one parent and child. Nicholas Weiss was one of the many special children Jake met a few years ago, who was battling a devastating childhood disease. Nicholas became an inspiration to Jake and fueled his passion to support St. Jude and related charities. In June of 2010, young Nicholas lost his battle shortly before his 10th birthday, but as a result of their special friendship, Jake has dedicated himself to raise awareness for children like Nicholas and their families who face these difficult struggles. The Jake Owen Foundation will direct money raised through Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest to the Mardy Fish Foundation and to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is the single largest center in the U.S. for the treatment and research of pediatric cancer and other childhood catastrophic diseases. Jake has reached out to the country music community to assist him with his Foundation and its cause by asking artists to join him for the Jake Owen Concert, which is part of the annual fundraiser, Mardy’s Tennis & Jake’s Music Fest.