The stars were out Saturday night to help support the Las Vegas charter school Andre Agassi built.
Celebrities such as Rod Stewart and Mariah Carey gave a private performance for the hundreds of donors shelling out big donations for Agassi's charter school. He's been a champion on the court and now he is one off the court. Andre Agassi's charitable foundation is one of the most successful in Las Vegas.
For the past 13 years he's raised $70 million to improve the education system in his hometown. Agassi, speaking with Eyewitness News, said, "I built a charter school -- a college prep academy in the most economically challenged part of Las Vegas -- on Martin Luther King and J -street, it's a K thru 12 school." In the tough economic times, Agassi admits he's lucky to be backed by many A-list celebrities in making his dream an ongoing reality.
"These are 70% of kids who come from one parent homes kids who have no hope in their lives," said Emeril Legasse, a longtime supporter and board member for the school. "If anyone is going to figure out how to make better for the children of Las Vegas, it's going to be Andre Agassi."
Singer Sheryl Crow is also a supporter, "Right now with the war, economy suffering, cancer money has been cut to an all time low, events like this, the way Andre does it, pulls from the worldwide community really admirable."
The star-studded night is complete with performances by Mariah Carey and 16-year-old Charice Pempengco who shot to fame on YouTube leading her to America from The Philippines. "This performance tonight is for them I'm happy to be part of this because I can relate to them," she said.
An emotional night indeed, this year's annual fundraiser means a little more to Agassi because the class of 2009 will be the first to graduate in June. Agassi says, "it's a miracle you go there and walk down the halls you can't even believe what it is your feeling and seeing."
Last year, the event pulled in $9.1 million. No word on how many private donations came in Saturday night. But just to give you an idea each table cost anywhere from $10,000 to $85,000. All of the tables were sold out.