ATP Aces For Charity: Cincinnati
The Western & Southern Open supports the Paul and Carolyn Flory Fund, the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Dragonfly Foundation.
Charities and Causes
The Paul and Carolyn Flory Fund, which operates under the motto “It Started With Tennis, It Ends With a Cure”, was created in memory of the long-time Cincinnati Tournament Director and his wife, who together orchestrated more than $10 million in giving toward fighting cancer.
Established with a starting gift from tournament title sponsor, Western & Southern Financial Group, the Flory Fund directly benefits the Barrett Cancer Center at the University of Cincinnati. Unlike other charitable efforts, which typically come with rules and guidelines as to how the monies can be spent, the Flory Fund was established with the rule that donations go to the most immediate needs in cancer treatment and research, with no restrictions. Therefore, doctors and administrators can identify the latest technology, equipment and treatments and deploy the Fund for assistance.
Since 1974, the Western & Southern Open has been played for the benefit of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center since 1974. Cincinnati Children's is one of the premier pediatric hospitals in the nation. As champions of a partnership between patient, family, and the medical team, it emphasises the collaborative relationship between all involved in order to provide the best medical outcomes possible.
The tournament also supports the Dragonfly Foundation, which works exclusively with children at Cincinnati Children's to provide comfort and joy to kids and young adults with cancer and blood diseases. Its services fall into three categories: gifting programs for patients, families and hospitals; caring and support programs; and social events and entertainment.
Donations from the Western & Southern Open to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital have exceeded $7 million since 1974. From its inception to 1987, proceeds supported Treatment Center II, serving approximately 11,000 patients in the dermatology, audiology, and ear, nose and throat clinics.
From 1987 to the present, funds from the tournament have supported the Five Plus Clinic, a follow-up program for long-term survivors of childhood cancer. The clinic provides care for patients who have successfully overcome cancer and who require on-going follow-up visits with pediatric specialists.
The Western & Southern Open received a $10,000 grant from ATP ACES For Charity in 2013.