Rancho Mirage, CA (September 10, 2018) — Desert Arc, a Coachella Valley organization that serves adults 18 and older with developmental disabilities, will serve as an event beneficiary for the 5th annual Tennis With The Stars presented by the BNP Paribas Open. Desert Arc joins ACEing Autism as co-event beneficiary, and the BNP Paribas Open returns as the presenting sponsor.

“Desert Arc has championed the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1959,” states Richard Balocco, President/CEO.  “These are people who never had a choice in life – they were born with these medical conditions.  Desert Arc is the only nonprofit organization in the desert communities serving the myriad and growing needs of currently over 700 adults, ages 18 and older.  Our life-transforming programs are designed to help the people we serve secure employment, have a safe place to come to every day and interact with others.  And, most importantly, to reach their highest potential to live, work and socialize in the community.  We are honored for being selected as a co-event beneficiary for Tennis With The Stars 2019 as part of Desert Arc’s 60th Anniversary celebration year!”

Desert Arc was originally founded in 1959 by a group of parents who wanted to expand the horizons of their developmentally disabled children’s lives with educational programs and recreational services. Today, Desert Arc serves adults 18 and older with developmental disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, epilepsy, and other medical conditions. Desert Arc and ACEing Autism both provide therapeutic tennis programs throughout the year at Omni Ranco Las Palmas Country Club.

“As we continue to grow our event each year, we are always looking at how we can engage and give back to the local community,” said Kimberly Arena, event director. “Desert Arc does incredible work in the Coachella Valley, and we are thrilled to work with and raise funds for such an impactful organization.”

The 5th Annual Tennis With The Stars presented by the BNP Paribas Open features top ATP and WTA stars competing with and against amateur players, hosted at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa. Past players include Simona Halep, Frances Tiafoe, Garbine Muguruza, Kei Nishikori and Genie Bouchard among others. The event is set for Tuesday, March 5th, 2019.

More information about the 2018 lineup will be announced soon. For tickets and event details, please visit: www.tenniswithstars.com

To purchase tickets to the BNP Paribas Open, visit: www.bnpparibasopen.com

For event and sponsorship information, contact Kimberly Arena at k.arena@cliffdrysdale.com
For media inquiries, contact Joey Hanf at j.hanf@cliffdrysdale.com
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About the BNP Paribas Open
The BNP Paribas Open is the largest ATP World Tour and WTA combined two-week event in the world, and is held annually at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The tournament offers more than $14 million in prize money, and is the only event to provide the Hawkeye line challenge system on all match courts, including qualifying rounds. For more information, visit www.bnpparibasopen.com.

About Desert Arc
Desert Arc, since 1959, has been serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the community by enhancing their quality of life and creating opportunities. This vital nonprofit organization has created a wide range of programs for its 700 participants including onsite vocational training, work teams, sports and recreation, volunteering in the community or individual placements with job coaching services at community business sites.  The Desert Arc crews provide many business services to their community Business Partners, thus generating a variety of employment opportunities for the people it serves. Some of these business services include Cafeteria, Contract Fulfillment, Custodial, Landscape Maintenance, Recycling, and Shredding services.

Desert Arc’s main headquarters are located on Country Club Drive in Palm Desert, consisting of three buildings totaling 50,000 square feet of space.  In addition, Desert Arc has a Recycling and Shredding Division in Indio, as well as, a satellite facility in Yucca Valley.  A robust transportation system provides the people it serves with the means to get to and from home to work sites and volunteer opportunities daily.

For more information regarding Desert Arc, phone (760) 346-1611 or visit www.desertarc.org