photos by Bill Keane Photography


The Mitchell Thorp Foundation and San Diego Aviators World Team Tennis will host the Pillars of Hope Grand Slam on Saturday, July 28. The event includes dinner, tennis play by top-ranked pro players, and auctions to benefit the foundation, as well as a special children’s program. While parents enjoy the entertainment and dinner, the Grand Slam Kids Night lets them skip the babysitter so the kids can participate in dinner and games before returning to their parents to watch the tennis match. Kids Night check-in is at 3 p.m., and the dinner program begins at 3:30 p.m.

The evening will also announce the winners of this year’s Pillar of Hope Award, which recognizes doctors, educators, therapists, and institutions who go above and beyond in the medical community. The Mitchell Thorp Foundation supports families of children with life-threatening illnesses or disorders, with four programs: Medical and Home Assistance, Healing and Rehabilitation, Conversion Mobility Van Program, and Youth Leadership Council. Learn more at