PHILADELPHIA, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The world renowned Fox Chase Cancer
Center, the nation's first hospital solely devoted to cancer care, has been
named presenting sponsor and beneficiary from selected tournament activities
at the 2005 Advanta Championships, tournament officials announced today. The
Philadelphia-based Fox Chase Cancer Center is an independent, not-for-profit
research institution devoted to improving cancer detection, treatment and
prevention. Fox Chase has been involved in area tennis for years with its
support of World TeamTennis' Philadelphia Freedoms.
The tournament, which runs Oct. 31-Nov. 6 at the Pavilion at Villanova
University, traditionally showcases some of the biggest names in women's
tennis. Lindsay Davenport, the world's top ranked player, 2004 Wimbledon
Champion Maria Sharapova and former world No. 1 Venus Williams have entered
the 2005 Advanta Championships presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center.
"We're pleased to have Fox Chase Cancer Center as the presenting sponsor
of the Advanta Championships," explained Dennis Alter, Chairman and CEO of
Advanta. "Fox Chase has served families in the Delaware Valley for more than
a hundred years. Today, its expertise in cancer care and research is
recognized by experts the world over. We are proud to have this treasure in
"Fox Chase Cancer Center is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of this
year's 2005 Advanta Championships," said Christine Wilson, vice president of
communications at Fox Chase. "We feel it's important to be a part of
activities that promote healthy living and inspire excellence -- qualities
shared by Advanta and Fox Chase. We salute Advanta for its work with the
young and young at heart, and we look forward to another world-class
tournament this fall."
Individual tickets for the Advanta Championships presented by Fox Chase
Cancer Center are on sale at 866-TENNIS-5 (866-836-6475) or
http://www.advantachampionships.com. Individual session tickets range from
$15 to $65.
Box seat VIP packages, priced from $235-$2,050, are available by calling
215-591-0800. The VIP Packages include special discount offers to fans that
purchase Diamond, Gold and Platinum packages before July 1.
In 2004, Amelie Mauresmo captured her second consecutive Advanta
Championship with a three-set win over Vera Zvonareva. Hometown favorite Lisa
Raymond of Wayne, Pa., teamed with Australian Alicia Molik to win her fifth
Advanta Championships doubles title last year.
The Advanta Championships presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center, in
addition to awarding a $585,000 prize fund, is the final opportunity for
players to qualify for the season-ending tour championships in Los Angeles,
the following week. The 2005 Advanta Championships begin on Monday, Oct. 31,
with the first round of main draw competition and conclude with the finals on
Sunday, Nov. 6. The qualifying tournament runs Oct. 28-30 at the Healthplex
Sports Club in Springfield, Pa.
Advanta is the title sponsor of the 2005 Advanta Championships and the Fox
Chase Cancer Center is the presenting sponsor. Host sponsors of the event are
Porsche, Macy's, NBC 10 (WCAU-TV), WolfBlock and CN8. Associate sponsors
include Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, E-Tech Solutions, MasterCard, Trinity Capital
Advisors, First Data, McDonald's, Frog Commissary and Fastsigns of Delaware.
The tournament is managed by IMG, the world's oldest and largest sports
Advanta focuses on the small business market and related community,
providing funding and support to the nation's small businesses and business
professionals through innovative products and services. Advanta is one of the
nation's largest issuers (through Advanta Bank Corp.) of MasterCard business
credit cards to small businesses. Since 1951, Advanta has pioneered many of
the marketing techniques common in the financial services industry today,
including remote lending and direct mail, affinity and relationship marketing.
Advanta is a long-time supporter of the tennis community and youth fitness
activities. Advanta is the presenting sponsor of the World TeamTennis Pro
League and official business credit card of WTT. In addition to their
involvement with WTT and the "Ready, Set, Racquet!" program, which provides
free racquets to children, Advanta sponsors the Advanta Championships, a WTA
Tour event in Philadelphia. Advanta continues to be involved in numerous
tennis charities including WTT Smash Hits, Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and
Education, and Philadelphia Wheelchair Tennis programs. Learn more about
Advanta at http://www.advanta.com.
About FOX CHASE CANCER CENTER:
Fox Chase Cancer Center was founded in 1904 in Philadelphia, Pa. as the
nation's first cancer hospital. In 1974, Fox Chase became one of the first
institutions designated as a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer
Center. Fox Chase conducts basic, clinical, population and translational
research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and
community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit
the Center's web site at http://www.fccc.edu or call 1-888-FOX CHASE.
Rosie Crews, The GEM Group PH: 817.684.0366
Troy Ergenbright, The GEM Group PH: 303.237.0616
Karen Mallet, Fox Chase Cancer Center PH: 215.728.2700
SOURCE Fox Chase Cancer Center