Through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund, checks totaling $1,000,000 were presented to 17 grantee organizations in a surprise ceremony on February 9 at the Amway Center. Over the past 27 years, more than $22 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the OMYF.
Orlando Magic Youth Fund presents a $100,000 grant to Aspire Health Partners – Zebra Coalition. Pictured left to right: Zebra Coalition Development Manager Earl Johnson, Magic CEO Alex Martins, Magic VP of Social Responsibility/OMYF President Linda Landman Gonzalez, Magic Chairman Dan DeVos, Zebra Coalition Board President Jill Ramsier.
The OMYF All-Star team was announced in the spirit of the NBA Draft as each nonprofit organization was recognized and presented with an OMYF 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 Social Responsibility/OMYF President Linda Landman Gonzalez and the OMYF team.
With funds raised by the OMYF, and the 50 percent match provided by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a total of $1 million in grants was distributed to these charities. This marks the ninth time that $1 million has been distributed through the OMYF since inception. In addition to the OMYF All-Star team announcement today, these organizations will be honored during eight home games throughout the remainder of the Magic season.
Orlando Magic Youth Fund presents a $100,000 grant to Junior Achievement of Central Florida. Pictured left to right: Junior Achievement President Kathy Panter, Magic CEO Alex Martins, Magic VP of Social Responsibility/OMYF President Linda Landman Gonzalez, Magic Chairman Dan DeVos, Junior Achievement Board Member Tim Myers
After an extensive five-phase process, which began in April of 2016, the beneficiaries were recommended by the OMYF Board and then approved by the McCormick Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“As I say each year, this truly is my favorite day. This day gives us the opportunity to impact a lot of youth in Central Florida because these organizations here are doing incredible work,’’ Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “This community gives so much to us in terms of support and it’s important for us to give that back to them. This is where we live, this is where our families live, this is where our players live and we want this to be the best community in America. And in order to do that, we have to give back and provide our youth with hope for the future.”
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 sponsorship of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, 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 and events such as the Black Tie and Tennies Gala and the OMYF Open Golf Tournament.
“The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation can only accomplish its goals through the tireless work of the people who focus on the youth in our community,” said OMYF President Linda Landman Gonzalez. “We are so proud to have the opportunity to assist these amazing organizations who help the OMYF fulfill its commitment to under served youth and families in the Central Florida community who give so much to us. Above all, we are honored to be able to work with those inspiring people who are at the heart of what the OMYF is all about.”
The OMYF is committed to helping children in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at-risk, by supporting nonprofit organizations offering youth based programs in the areas of youth education, housing/homelessness, and health and wellness programs that promote healthy living practices for at-risk children and families. For more information, visit www.omyf.org
The 2017 grant recipients and grants received:
Adult Literacy League $40,000
Aspire Health Partners- Zebra Coalition $100,000
Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida $75,000
Central Florida YMCA $75,000
Christian Service Center $20,000
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida $50,000
Early Learning Coalition of Orange County $65,000
ELEVATE Orlando $60,000
Foundation for Foster Children $60,000
Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida $50,000
Hope Community Center $55,000
Junior Achievement of Central Florida $100,000
The Nemours Foundation $50,000
Orlando Science Center $50,000
University of Central Florida Foundation $50,000
Valencia College Foundation $50,000
GRAND TOTAL: $1 million to Central Florida