Over 140 Orlando Magic staff volunteered to serve more than 800 homeless men, women and children at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida for Thanksgiving breakfast. Head Coach Jacque Vaughn sponsored the breakfast on Thursday, November 22, making a personal contribution of $4,000 for the event.
This 20th annual tradition included an open breakfast for Coalition residents, a carnival for children, guest appearances by Air STUFF and the Magic Dancers, the Fanbulance, face painting and music by Power 95.3. In addition, adults and children were treated to haircuts by Paul Mitchell The School.
Magic staff in attendance included Orlando Magic players Jameer Nelson, Glen Davis and Maurice Harkless, Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn, Magic CEO Alex Martins, Magic GM Rob Hennigan, Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, Air STUFF and the Magic Dancers.
In addition, the Magic teamed up with the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida in recognition of National Hunger and Homeless Awareness month in November. The team raised $2,340.00 by donating $10 from every ticket purchased from the November 23 game vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Coalition.
About the Coalition for the Homeless
Coalition for the Homeless is the largest provider of homeless services in Central Florida. This non-profit organization works to transform the lives of homeless men, women and children by providing crucial services to end their crisis of homelessness. In the most recent fiscal year, the Coalition served close to 307,000 meals and helped nearly 4,400 homeless individuals.
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 via 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.