-OMYF-MFF All-Star Team Announced on January 24-
In what is becoming an annual tradition, the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), in a surprise ceremony on Thursday, January 24 at the Amway Center, announced its OMYF-MFF All-Star Team presenting checks totaling $1,050,000 to 17 grantee organizations from three counties in Central Florida (Orange, Seminole and Osceola). This is the third consecutive year the Orlando Magic Youth Fund has presented checks totaling more than $1 million.
The OMYF-MFF All-Star team was announced in the spirit of the NBA Draft as each nonprofit organization was recognized and presented with an OMYF-MFF jersey or specialty basketball. Representatives were greeted by Orlando Magic Chairman Dan DeVos, Magic CEO Alex Martins, Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, Magic Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs Linda Landman-Gonzalez and the OMYF team.
With funds raised by OMYF, and the match provided by the McCormick Foundation, a total of $1,050,000 in grants was distributed to these charities. In addition to the OMYF-MFF All-Star team announcement, the organizations will be recognized at halftime of the Thursday, January 24 Magic versus Raptors matchup.
After an extensive five-phase process, which began in July of 2012, the beneficiaries were recommended by the OMYF “VIP” Committee and the Advisory Council and then approved by the McCormick Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“In what has become one of my favorite days of the year, we are proud to assist these very deserving organizations who work tirelessly to improve the lives of youth in Central Florida,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “It is through them that we are building a better future by investing in the youth of our community. I also want to recognize the collaborative effort of this community, the DeVos family, our players, coaches, staff, corporate partners and season ticket holders that make it possible to distribute more than $1 million through OMYF-MFF to these 17 outstanding organizations. We owe so much to each organization and the people who work every day with the youth of our community. Through them anything is possible.”
“The Orlando Magic and McCormick Foundation share a commitment to addressing the growing needs of our local communities,” said David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation. “Thanks to the generous donors and fans, we are able to support these amazing community organizations working tirelessly to improve the lives of underserved youth, adults and families across Central Florida.”
The Orlando Magic is committed to making a difference in Central Florida. Each year, the Magic gives more than $2 million to Central Florida by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. At the heart of the Magic’s charitable efforts is the work done by the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation raises community dollars annually through donations, auctions, 50/50 drawings and events such as the Black Tie and Tennies Gala and the OMYF Open Golf Tournament.
Over the last 22 years, more than $17 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF) since 1994. The McCormick Foundation matches all donations to the Fund at fifty cents on the dollar. Scholarships are also awarded each year.
The OMYF is committed to helping children in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at-risk, by supporting non-profit organizations offering youth based programs in the areas of arts, education, housing, and health and wellness programs that promote healthy living practices for children and families in low income communities. For more information, visit www.omyf.or
The 2013 grant recipients: Adult Literacy League, Beta Center, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Elevate Orlando, Florida Senior Programs, Foundation for Foster Children, Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida, Hebni Nutrition Consultants, Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando, Orange County Library System, The Gift of Swimming, University of Central Florida Foundation, Boys and Girls Club of Central Florida, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County, Hope CommUnity Center, Valencia College Foundation
About the Orlando Magic
Orlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic’s mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. On the court, Orlando has won five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010), had seven 50-plus win seasons, and won the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 75,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, over the last 22 years more than $17 million has been distributed to local non-profit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994, which serves at-risk youth. Ticket highlights for the 2012-13 season in the Amway Center, named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 10,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.