Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson presented Runway To Hope with a check for $25,000 at their 2013 Spring Fashion Soiree fundraiser on Saturday, May 11. Nelson also served as a “celebrity escort” during the fashion show to support the organization at their annual fundraiser.
“I truly adore what this foundation is about,” said Nelson. “Hopefully one day we can find a cure for childhood cancer…From my heart I think this is a great cause, it’s such an honor to be involved in it.”
Nelson’s donation to Runway To Hope was made possible through the 2012-13 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award. Each year, the Orlando Magic honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing others’ lives at the annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Black Tie and Tennies Gala. In addition to receiving the award, the player is granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice. Nelson will donate the other $25,000 to another organization in Central Florida later this summer.
“It feels great [to give back],” said Nelson. “Growing up my parents gave back, just the little things in the community whether it was helping out or just doing certain things for the football team, basketball team, different sports’ teams I was involved in. That’s where I learned it from, I got that from my parents. Hopefully I can do a good job and be just as active as they were [in the community].”
Runway To Hope’s 2013 Spring Fashion Soiree featured a special fashion show with more than 60 children, ages 2 to 18, who are battling or have overcome cancer. The youth modeled clothes and made their fashion debut with a local and national celebrity escort. In support of the organization’s efforts, Nelson along with Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw and two Orlando Magic Dancers served as “celebrity escorts” for the youth participating in the fashion show. All funds raised are supporting the pediatric oncology programs at Florida Hospital for Children, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Nemours Children’s Hospital.