Photo by Gary Bassing
Via the Orlando Magic:
On Saturday, March 19, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) held the 21st annual Black Tie and Tennies Gala presented by FAIRWINDS Credit Union at the Amway Center. Through the OMYF with the McCormick Foundation match, the event generated over $850,000 for the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF). Magic players, coaches, talent and fans participated in an evening of games, silent and live auctions, dinner and awards.
The money generated from the event will help change the lives of children and families in the local community. The OMYF is committed to helping children in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at-risk, by supporting programs and partnerships that empower families and change lives. In addition, over the last 21 years, more than $16 million has been distributed to local non-profit community agencies serving at-risk youth through programs focusing on education, arts and reducing childhood obesity.
In 1994, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation partnered with the McCormick Foundation to establish the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF). Proceeds from the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation fundraising efforts go to the Fund and are matched at fifty cents on the dollar by the McCormick 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 Golf Tournament with matching funds provided by the McCormick Foundation. In 2011, the OMYF-MFF presented checks totaling $1 million to 19 non-profit organizations from three counties in Central Florida and will award scholarships totaling $30,000. Visit omyf.org to learn more.