Via the Orlando Magic:
For the fifth year overall, the Orlando Magic and Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, have teamed up to honor military men, women and their families with Seats for Soldiers Night on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 7 p.m. when the Magic take on the Toronto Raptors. The Magic, players and Harris Corporation will donate tickets to men and women in the military from military bases such as the Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the Naval Air Force Station in Jacksonville and other Orlando area military affiliates.
“It is our privilege to honor the bravery of the men and women who dedicate their lives in service of our great nation,” said Orlando Magic Vice President of Community Relations and Government Affairs Linda Landman-Gonzalez. “Together with Harris Corporation, we recognize the sacrifices made by the families left behind and we thank them, because they too are heroes.”
In honor of the annual Seats for Soldiers Night, several events will take place including a military-themed fan fest, taped messages throughout the game, a pregame dinner with the family of fallen Oviedo Soldier, Staff Sergeant Robert Miller, as well as a special halftime presentation by Orlando Magic President Alex Martins honoring Sgt. Miller. Outside the arena, Fan Fest will include military Humvees, a rock wall, simulators and an obstacle course for fans. Other highlights include volunteer uniformed officers distributing game programs to fans entering the Disney Atrium, the national anthem performed by a military member and a military-themed performance by the Orlando Magic Dancers.
“It is personally inspiring and moving to spend these evenings with our service members and their families, and to hear first-hand about the sacrifices they are making on our behalf,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Harris. “Our hope is that the Seats for Soldiers events help to convey the deep appreciation we all feel for their service to our country.”