Elton John-Billie Jean King “Smash Hits” event raises $1 million-plus for Elton John AIDS Foundation
The international debut of Mylan WTT Smash Hits – held in London this year - raised more than $1 million dollars for the Elton John AIDS Foundation for only the second time in the event’s 22-year history.
The event, founded and co-hosted by longtime pals Elton John and Billie Jean King, has now raised more the $13 million to support HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness programs since the first event in 1993.
The 2014 event was the first to be held outside of the U.S.
Among the tennis stars who played in this year’s event were four retired players who had once been ranked number one: Andy Roddick, John McEnroe, Kim Clijsters and Martina Hingis.
Elton John addressed the capacity crowd and said: “This is a wonderful evening. Without Mylan, we couldn’t possibly do this. They’ve make drugs for HIV positive people and we’re an HIV positive AIDS Foundation, so the two of us fit hand and glove very well and it’s a wonderful relationship. It would be wrong of me not to acknowledge the extent of the generosity Mylan has given us, which is immense.”