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Fox Chase Cancer Center Named Presenting Sponsor and Beneficiary of 2005 Advanta Championships

Individual Tickets on Sale Now

PHILADELPHIA (May 31, 2005) -- The world renowned Fox Chase Cancer Center, the nation's first hospital solely devoted to cancer care, has been named presenting sponsor and beneficiary from selected tournament activities at the 2005 Advanta Championships, tournament officials announced today. The Philadelphia-based Fox Chase Cancer Center is an independent, not-for-profit research institution devoted to improving cancer detection, treatment and prevention. Fox Chase has been involved in area tennis for years with its support of World TeamTennis' Philadelphia Freedoms.

The tournament, which runs Oct. 31-Nov. 6 at the Pavilion at Villanova University, traditionally showcases some of the biggest names in women's tennis. Lindsay Davenport, the world's top ranked player, 2004 Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova and former world No. 1 Venus Williams have entered the 2005 Advanta Championships presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center.

"We're pleased to have Fox Chase Cancer Center as the presenting sponsor of the Advanta Championships," explained Dennis Alter, Chairman and CEO of Advanta. "Fox Chase has served families in the Delaware Valley for more than a hundred years. Today, its expertise in cancer care and research is recognized by experts the world over. We are proud to have this treasure in our backyard."

"Fox Chase Cancer Center is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of this year's 2005 Advanta Championships," said Christine Wilson, vice president of communications at Fox Chase. "We feel it's important to be a part of activities that promote healthy living and inspire excellence -- qualities shared by Advanta and Fox Chase. We salute Advanta for its work with the young and young at heart, and we look forward to another world-class tournament this fall."

Individual tickets for the Advanta Championships presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center are on sale now at 866-TENNIS-5 (866-836-6475) or Individual session tickets range from $15 to $65.

Box seat VIP packages, priced from $235-$2,050, are available by calling 215-591-0800. The VIP Packages include special discount offers to fans that purchase Diamond, Gold and Platinum packages before July 1.

In 2004, Amelie Mauresmo captured her second consecutive Advanta Championship with a three-set win over Vera Zvonareva. Hometown favorite Lisa Raymond of Wayne, Pa., teamed with Australia Alicia Molik to win her fifth Advanta Championships doubles title last year.

The Advanta Championships presented by Fox Chase Cancer Center, in addition to awarding a $585,000 prize fund, is the final opportunity for players to qualify for the season-ending tour championships in Los Angeles, the following week. The 2005 Advanta Championships begin on Monday, Oct. 31, with the first round of main draw competition and conclude with the finals on Sunday, Nov. 6. The qualifying tournament runs Oct. 28-30 at the Healthplex Sports Club in Springfield, Pa.

Advanta is the title sponsor of the 2005 Advanta Championships and the Fox Chase Cancer Center is the presenting sponsor. Host sponsors of the event are Porsche, Macy's, NBC 10 (WCAU-TV), WolfBlock and CN8. Associate sponsors include Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, E-Tech Solutions, MasterCard, Trinity Capital Advisors, First Data, McDonald's, Frog Commissary and Fastsigns of Delaware.

The tournament is managed by IMG, the world's oldest and largest sports marketing organization.


Advanta focuses on the small business market and related community, providing funding and support to the nation's small businesses and business professionals through innovative products and services. Advanta is one of the nation's largest issuers (through Advanta Bank Corp.) of MasterCard business credit cards to small businesses. Since 1951, Advanta has pioneered many of the marketing techniques common in the financial services industry today, including remote lending and direct mail, affinity and relationship marketing.

Advanta is a long-time supporter of the tennis community and youth fitness activities. Advanta is the presenting sponsor of the World TeamTennis Pro League and official business credit card of WTT. In addition to their involvement with WTT and the "Ready, Set, Racquet!" program, which provides free racquets to children, Advanta sponsors the Advanta Championships, a WTA Tour event in Philadelphia. Advanta continues to be involved in numerous tennis charities including WTT Smash Hits, Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education, and Philadelphia Wheelchair Tennis programs. Learn more about Advanta at


To obtain media credentials for the 2005 Advanta Championships, please fax your request on company letterhead to The GEM Group - fax: 303-237-0609 // attn: Rosie Crews. Freelance journalists and photographers must provide proof of assignment.

Media Contacts:

  • Rosie Crews
    The GEM Group
    Phone: 817-684-0366
    E-mail: Troy Ergenbright
  • The GEM Group
    Phone: 303-237-0616
    E-mail: Karen Mallet
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
    Phone: 215-728-2700

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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