LA QUINTA, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Desert Smash, the most preeminent and globally recognized charity celebrity tennis event in the world, is heading back to La Quinta Resort & Club to serve up an all-star 20th-anniversary event on March 4-5 of next year.
Since inception two decades ago, Desert Smash has been a sell-out affair, raising over $3.6M for various charities, including Playing for Change Foundation, Variety, Sophie’s Voice Foundation, Cancer for College, St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Yetunde Price Resource Center. This has been a direct result of the event’s world-class alumni – some of the biggest names in Hollywood, music and professional tennis – who have put their egos aside and generously donated their time to come together for a good cause. Among those past players and participants are Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale, Joe Pesci, Pete Sampras, Pink, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and Marat Safin.
In 2024, Desert Smash will celebrate its milestone 20th anniversary with a two-day tennis spectacular, welcoming a star-studded line-up of new and returning talent to battle it out on-court in the name of charity.
Among the tennis pros expected to participate in Desert Smash 2024 are; 2022 Roland Garros and US Open Finalist and current ATP Tour world #4, Casper Ruud,plus 2022 Wimbledon finalist, Nick Kyrgios. Celebrities and performers also expected to make a comeback include Lance Bass, Robin Thicke, Gavin Rossdale, Natasha Beddingfield, with more to be announced soon.
“I’m humbled yet extremely proud of the success we’ve had with Desert Smash over the past two decades, and there’s no doubt our 20th Anniversary will be one for the books” said Ryan Macaulay, Founder of the Desert Smash.“We’ve had an incredible amount of support from premiere talent and brands year after year, and I’m excited to see what next year will bring as we work towards producing our biggest event yet.”
The 20th Annual Desert Smash will deliver a packed two-day schedule of on-court matches, entertainment and can’t-miss surprises, starting strong on March 4 with an Inaugural Desert Smash Celebrity Pickleball Event. On March 5, fans can expect the traditional Annual Desert Smash Celebrity + Pro Tennis Matches, including a WTA Women’s Singles Match, Celebrity + Pro Doubles Match, and an ATP Men’s Singles Match. Following all the on-court fun, there will be a private 20th Anniversary Desert Smash Bash celebration featuring a surprise musical performance that Desert Smash is so well known for!
For live updates around Desert Smash 2024, including additional participants, charity partners and brand sponsors, please visit www.desertsmash.com
Desert Smash 2024
La Quinta Resort & Club
49-199 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, California 92253
About La Quinta Resort & Club
La Quinta Resort & Club, A Hilton Curio Collection Hotel is the original desert hideaway, and one of the premier greater Palm Springs resorts, set on 45 lush acres of vibrantly colored gardens and pathways located at the foot of the Santa Rosa Mountains. Offering personal refuge to Hollywood’s elite and world travelers, the iconic resort features 620 elegantly-appointed casitas and suites and 98 villas, the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta, nearly 200,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting facilities, 41 climate-controlled swimming pools and 53 hot spas, championship-caliber golf, 23 tennis courts and seven dining options including fine dining at the award winning Morgan’s in the desert – a showcase of contemporary American cuisine inspired by the bounty of Coachella Valley. For more information, please visit www.laquintaresort.com.
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Maverix Havik Control Paddle Review: Elevate Your Pickleball Game
Join Mike Sleeves Sliwa as he tests the Maverix Havik – 16 mm CONTROL paddle, a game-changer in pickleball. Watch now for expert insights and reviews!
In the latest episode of Sleeves Senior Pickleball Report, renowned pickleball enthusiast Mike Sleeves Sliwa takes us on a thrilling journey as he revisits the Maverix Pickleball company. Having previously tested their Power Paddle back in October, Mike now sets his sights on the Havik – 16 mm CONTROL paddle. This eagerly anticipated review aims to provide valuable insights into Maverix’s latest offering.
Diving into the Havik – 16 mm CONTROL Paddle:
Mike Sliwa’s first impressions of the Havik paddle are overwhelmingly positive. The 16 mm CONTROL surface offers exceptional maneuverability and precision, allowing players to achieve greater control over their shots. The paddle’s design, incorporating Maverix’s signature craftsmanship, ensures durability without compromising on performance.
Unveiling Unmatched Performance:
During his rigorous testing, Mike discovers that the Havik paddle excels in both power and control. The paddle’s unique technology minimizes vibration upon impact, providing players with a comfortable and responsive feel. Its wider sweet spot enhances shot accuracy, making it ideal for players looking to fine-tune their game.
The Maverix Havik – 16 mm CONTROL paddle emerges as a game-changer in the world of pickleball. Mike Sleeves Sliwa’s review showcases its exceptional performance, reaffirming Maverix’s commitment to innovation and quality. Whether you’re a seasoned player or just starting out, this paddle promises to elevate your game and enhance your overall playing experience. Stay tuned for more exciting pickleball updates from the Sleeves Senior Pickleball Report.
HI SELTZER ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE PROFESSIONAL PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION
LOUISVILLE, Ky. /PRNewswire/ — hi Seltzer, one of the fastest-growing THC-infused beverage companies in the United States, has partnered with the Professional Pickleball Association, becoming the official THC/hemp-derived beverage of the PPA tour. This partnership includes on-site sampling presence throughout the tour, digital billboard signage, online and broadcast presence and more. Upcoming events where adults can experience the brand and win some swag include OPEN in Lakeville, MN (March 7-10), OPEN in Austin, TX (March 14-17), CUP in North Carolina (April 3-7), OPEN in Houston, TX (April 12-15), OPEN in Dallas (May 30-June 2), CUP in Fort Lauderdale, FL (Oct 2-6), OPEN in Daytona Beach, FL (Oct 24-27), and SLAM in Dallas, TX (Nov 5-10).
“We are thrilled to bring professional pickleball players, amateurs, and fans alike together to celebrate this rising sport with a can of hi Seltzer in hand,” said Lou Police, CEO of hi Seltzer. “It has been an incredible year for the sport and tremendous growth for hi Seltzer, and we can’t wait to see where this engagement takes us.”
“hi Seltzer is a forward-thinking beverage company that prides itself on delivering innovative and high-quality products to consumers, and the PPA Tour is delighted to add hi Seltzer to its ever-growing partnership mix,” said Kim Pettit, Vice President of Partnerships for the PPA Tour. “We continuously strive to join forces with innovators in their respective industries, and hi Seltzer is certainly a leader. We look forward to a productive partnership.”
The zero calorie, zero sugar, zero alcohol, hemp (Delta 8)-infused Seltzer is the first THC beverage to utilize a cutting-edge nano-emulsified base ingredient that allows hi Seltzers to pour clean and clear every single time. Each drink contains 5mg of D8, which offers a more subdued and gentler high than other THC-infused products on the market. This perfect dose makes hi Seltzer an approachable and fun alternative to alcohol, allowing people to enjoy all the fun without the hangover.
hi Seltzer comes in five flavors, including Watermelon, Pineapple, Wild Berry, Real Cherry, and Lemon Lime, and is available in more than 3,000 stores across 23 states with distribution across the U.S. expanding every day – store availability can be found here. hi Seltzer is also available nationally direct-to-consumer through their website.
To learn more about hi Seltzer visit www.hiselzter.com and follow @hiseltzers on social media.
ABOUT hi SELTZER
hi Seltzer is a zero calorie, zero sugar, zero alcohol, hemp (Delta 8)-infused seltzer, made with only three ingredients. It is the first beverage to utilize a cutting-edge nano-emulsified base ingredient that allows for it to pour clean and clear every single time. Each 12oz can contains 5mg of D8, which offers a more subdued and gentler high than other THC-infused products on the market. This perfect dose makes hi Seltzer an approachable and fun alternative to alcohol allowing people to enjoy all the fun without the hangover. hi Seltzer comes in five flavors including Watermelon, Pineapple, Wild Berry, Real Cherry and Lemon Lime and is available in more than 3,000 stores across 23 states and is available nationally direct-to-consumer through their website.
ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL PICKLEBALL ASSOCIATION
Founded in 2019, the Carvana PPA Tour is where pickleball’s top athletes go head-to-head to determine the best male and female players in the world. The Carvana PPA Tour organizes and conducts tournaments at world-class facilities across the country, establishes player rankings, and awards over $5.5 million in annual prize money during the 2023 season with equal play and pay. Inviting amateur players to also compete and “play where the pros play,” the Carvana PPA Tour offers divisions for every age group and skill level. Characterized by a uniquely festive and fun atmosphere, Carvana PPA Tour events deliver unparalleled experiences for fans on-site, including pro player meet-and-greets, clinics, food, beverages, live entertainment, giveaways, games, shopping, and VIP upgrades. For more information, go to www.ppatour.com, and follow us on social: Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn.
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Neil Lane is a Proud Participant in the Season Finale of ABC’s Reality Series “The Golden Bachelor”
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. /PRNewswire/ — Neil is a proud participant in the finale episode of ABC’s “The Golden Bachelor.” The episode culminates in an emotional proposal from our first golden bachelor to Theresa Nist, set against the stunning scenery of tropical Costa Rica. This episode of “The Golden Bachelor,” aired THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, at 8/7c, on ABC and is available to stream on Hulu.
A retired restaurateur and doting father and grandfather, Gerry [GAIR-ee] Turner lives in his dream house on a beautiful lake in Indiana.
He’s often busy hosting barbecues, playing pickleball, cheering on his favorite Chicago sports teams, four-wheeling and spending time with friends and family at restaurants and local haunts. Always a romantic, Turner married his high school sweetheart, Toni, in 1974. Together, they lived a full and happy life with their two daughters, Angie and Jenny, and later two granddaughters, Charlee and Payton. Sadly, after 43 years together, Toni suddenly fell ill and passed away in 2017. Six years after Toni’s passing and with the support of his family, Turner is ready to put himself out there and find a love that will stand the test of time in his golden years.
In the final episode of Gerry’s season, he got down on one knee and proposed to the last love of his life Theresa Nist, with a platinum ring centering a princess cut diamond accented by two baguette cut diamonds with a further 128 small round brilliant cut diamonds with a total of 3.15 carats all hand crafted in platinum. Designed and signed by Neil Lane.
ABOUT NEIL LANE
Neil Lane is the go-to jeweler for Hollywood brides-to-be. He has designed engagement rings for stars like Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Hudson, Jessica Simpson, Emily Blunt and Miley Cyrus, among others, and shares his unique aesthetic with his Neil Lane Bridal® collection at Kay® Jewelers.
An avid collector and designer of fine jewelry with an eye for style and elegance, Neil Lane has earned the respect and admiration of A-list stars. From the Oscars®, to private celebrity events and red-carpet engagements, Neil Lane’s iconic pieces have adorned some of the most beautiful and powerful women in Hollywood, including Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Brie Larson, Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Lawrence, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Garner, Sofia Vergara, Oprah and many others.
For more information on Neil Lane Couture visit www.neillanecouture.com.
ABOUT “THE GOLDEN BACHELOR”
After more than 20 years of fostering love on “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise,” “The Golden Bachelor” showcases a whole new kind of love story – one for the golden years. On this all-new unscripted series hosted by Jesse Palmer, one hopeless romantic is
given a second chance at love in the search for a partner with whom to share the sunset years of life. The women arriving at the mansion have a lifetime of experience, living through love, loss and laughter, hoping for a spark that ignites a future full of endless possibilities. In the end, will our Golden man turn the page to start a new chapter with the woman of his dreams? Watch episodes on demand and on Hulu.
“The Golden Bachelor” is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. Claire Freeland, Jason Ehrlich, Bennett Graebner and Andrew Frank serve as executive producers.
For more information on “The Golden Bachelor,” visit dgepress.com.
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