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The Magic raised more than $500,000 at the team's annual Black Tie and Tennies Charity Gala, benefiting the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, the team announced earlier this week.
The event raised $564,000 with the McCormick Tribune Foundation matching donations at .50 on the dollar. More than 700 guests attended the event at Amway Center last Saturday. The event included activities for fans to participate in with players such as karaoke and shooting stations. Tobias Harris won the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award.
"The mission of the Orlando Magic is to be champions off of the court, as well as on it,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “When the team succeeds at making a positive impact in the Central Florida, the community succeeds. Through these funds raised and the collaborative efforts of the DeVos Family, our players, coaches, staff, corporate partners, season-ticket holders and fans at the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Gala, we hope we will someday make champions of our youth who are at-risk in our community."
In the last 24 years, the OMYF has helped raise more than $18.8 million for the Orlando community, with a focus on helping the youth in the community.
This is very much a part of who the Magic are as an organization. These numbers from this event are not at all surprising and are fantastic to continue to hear.