Hollywood superstar Eva Longoria Bastón will be Honorary Chair at the Gala Dinner in aid of the Global Gift Foundation at the 2017 Costa Smeralda Invitational which will be held from June 16-18 this year.
The world-famous actress, producer, director, activist and business woman says she is delighted to be supporting this unique event which brings A-list celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment together with world business leaders for an extraordinary weekend.
This will be the third Costa Smeralda Invitational and this year’s event has expanded beyond a Celeb-Am golf tournament to include a tennis tournament and cycling tour. The golf will be hosted by Annika Sorenstam, the world’s best-ever female player while former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash will host the tennis. The cycling host will be announced in April.
An integral part of the Invitational has always been to raise funds for charity and this year the event’s Gala Dinner is supporting the Global Gift Foundation for which Longoria is the Honorary Chair. The foundation helps women, children and families in need around the world. The Dinner, held at the stunning Cala di Volpe hotel, will conclude with an auction to raise money for the charity.
Longoria said: “I am delighted to be honorary chair at the Gala Dinner at this year’s Costa Smeralda Invitational. The Cala di Volpe hotel is a spectacular setting for what promises to be an extraordinary occasion and I can’t wait to be a part of it. It is wonderful that this year’s event will be raising crucial funds for Global Gift Foundation to give hope to those children, women and families who need it most.”
Global Gifter and English singing sensation Pixie Lott will also be performing at the Gala Dinner in aid of the Global Gift Foundation. Lott, who is attending the Costa Smeralda Invitational with her fiance fashion model Oliver Cheshire, said: “I am so looking forward to performing for the Global Gift Foundation in Costa Smeralda. I am a long-time supporter of the work that Eva does, and I am looking forward to being a part of this fabulous evening of hope and inspiration.” Former NBA star Sean Elliot is another Global Gifter attending the event.
Invited celebrity guests will lead teams of golfers to play in a stableford format in the Golf Invitational at Pevero Golf Club, hosted by the former world No 1 Annika Sorenstam. The Swede will also host an exclusive golf clinic before the event and invite guests to ‘Beat the Pro’ during the round. Sorenstam said: “Pevero Golf Club is renowned for its quality and its spectacular scenery and I can’t wait to host the Costa Smeralda Invitational golf tournament this year. I know we are going to have a lot of fun and, more importantly, raise funds for a great cause. I have heard the Costa Smeralda Invitational is an event like no other.”
Guests may choose to take part in Pat Cash’s tennis tournament, held in the beautiful Porto Cervo resort, instead of playing golf. Cash, who will also run a private tennis clinic for guests before the competition begins, said: “This is a great opportunity for all those who love their sport, and love a bit of luxury too, to come to one of the world’s beauty spots. With Wimbledon starting two weeks after the Invitational it is a perfect opportunity to get into the swing for SW19.”
Franco Mulas, Area Manager Costa Smeralda, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the third Costa Smeralda Invitational and it is an honour that Eva Longoria Bastón will be our Gala Dinner honorary chair this year. We are also really looking forward to the event expanding. The introduction of tennis and cycling will make this our biggest and best event yet.
“Annika Sorenstam is a legend of the golf world and we are so pleased she will be another of our hosts for this weekend. And to welcome Pat Cash to run our tennis event is a true privilege. We look forward to entertaining all our guests at our luxury hotels in these spectacular surroundings and wish everyone an incredible and memorable stay.” The Costa Smeralda Invitational will be announcing the rest of its Celebrity line-up in May.
The Costa Smeralda Invitational is managed by Professional Sports Group as a celebration of sport, fashion and la dolce vita in Costa Smeralda to raise money for good causes.