Through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund checks totaling $1,000,000 were presented to 18 grantee organizations in a surprise ceremony on January 20 at the Amway Center. Over the past six years alone nearly $6 million has been granted through the organization.
The OMYF-MFF All-Star team was announced in the spirit of the NBA Draft as each nonprofit organization was recognized and presented with an OMYF-MFF jersey or specialty basketball. Representatives were greeted by Orlando Magic Chairman Dan DeVos, Magic CEO Alex Martins, Magic Vice President of Philanthropy and Multicultural Insights and Orlando Magic Youth Foundation 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 eighth time that $1 million has been distributed through the OMYF-MFF since inception. In addition to the OMYF-MFF All-Star team announcement, the organizations will be recognized during the Magic’s matchup tonight vs. the 76ers.
After an extensive five-phase process, which began in April of 2015, the beneficiaries were recommended by the OMYF Board and then approved by the McCormick Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“This truly is my favorite day each year. The Magic are so honored to be able to provide these very deserving organizations assistance to further the programs that improve the lives of youth in our community,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “With the hundreds of organizations in our community, who are doing great work to help guide at-risk youth to a better life, this is just one very small way for us to try and help them achieve those very needed goals. I also want to recognize that this wouldn’t even be possible without the assistance of the DeVos family, the McCormick Foundation, this community, our players, coaches, staff, corporate partners and season ticket holders. They have made it possible to distribute the more than $20 million to Central Florida youth over the last 26 years. For us to be able to expand the number of children served or perhaps add another program through these grants, it’s incredibly humbling.”
The 2016 grant recipients and grants received:
Adult Literacy League $40,000
Aspire Health Partners (Zebra Coalition) $100,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida $100,000
Central Florida YMCA $45,000
Children’s Home Society of Florida $35,000
City Year Orlando $50,000
Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida $50,000
Early Learning Coalition of Orange County $50,000
Florida Hospital for Children $75,000
Foundation for Foster Children $40,000
Foundation for Orange County Public Schools $50,000
Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools $25,000
Foundation for Seminole State College of Florida $50,000
Harbor House of Central Florida $75,000
Hope Community Center $75,000
Howard Philips Center for Children & Families $50,000
Jewish Family Services of Greater Orlando $40,000
Junior Achievement of Central Florida $50,000
GRAND TOTAL: $1 million to Central Florida