IN THE KNOW WITH ZO ALONZO MOURNING CHARITIES NEWSLETTER I OCTOBER 2008 - DECEMBER 2008 I NO. 11
CREATING THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH TO EXCEL ALSO FEATURING: OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER, HONEY SHINE MENTORING PROGRAM AND ZO’S FUND FOR LIFE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FROM OUR FOUNDER
PAGE 1 I IN THE KNOW WITH ZO
IN THE KNOW WITH ZO is a publication of Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) that is
PAGE 2 I LETTER FROM OUR FOUNDER
designed to be an informative piece for sponsors, partners, and supporters in the community.
PAGE 3 I MOURNING’S “33” THANKSGIVINGS DELIVERED FOR
During the holidays there were many blessings that I continue to be thankful for. Through the efforts of Zo’s Fund for Life, Alonzo Mourning Charities, and the higher power that guides us, a little boy named Omar was given the gift of life.
THE 8TH YEAR
PAGE 4 I THE HONEY SHINE MENTORING PROGRAM PUTS EARTH
Grace M. Castro I Public Relations and Marketing Director I firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST DURING THE 1ST ANNUAL “BEE” GREEN DAY
Anna Fortes I Accountant I email@example.com
PAGE 5 I LOCAL AND NATIONAL COMPANIES COME TOGETHER AND STRATEGIZE PAGE 6 I MOURNING’S RACE TO GIVE OMAR LIFE: ZO’S FUND FOR LIDE INTRODUCED THE “GIVE OMAR
LaCriscia M. Fowlkes I Program Coordinator I Honey Shine Mentoring Program firstname.lastname@example.org Andrea Graham I Program Manager I Honey Shine Mentoring Program email@example.com
I came to know Omar Ferguson, a three-year old boy, who was in need of liver transplant, when my office received desperate calls from his mother Darie Ferguson who is from the Bahamas. She had been making routine cold-calls all over South Florida to see when help would answer. We often receive many letters and calls from families who need help and we are extremely limited in what we can do. Nevertheless, the randomness of life spawned a special connection as I stared at a photo of Omar lying helpless and naively unaware of the illness, that if left untreated, would end his life. After quickly launching an awareness campaign in early November to raise the initial dollars for the operation, the prayers and efforts of many were answered when a donor liver became available mid-December. Today Omar is happy and healthy thanks to the out pour of support we received and special care from Dr. Andreas G. Tzakis, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Liver/GI Transplant Surgery.
SHOPPING FOR ALL
We at Alonzo Mourning Charities often ask for financial support to benefit the many youth who lack the tools to take their lives in positive direction. The outcome of this type of assistance is often not seen until years later but we remain hopeful for positive fruition. The results of our effort to save Omar’s life thankfully were immediate and timely and provided for a great sense of accomplishment but the “GIVE OMAR LIFE” campaign is not over yet. Omar needs on-going post-transplant care to help fight against organ rejection. If you have not contributed, there is still a chance for you to help ensure Omar has a long healthy life. I invite you to read further inside and find out how.
PAGE 8 I ALONZO & TRACY BRING THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE
Amy Deutch, Michelle Revuelta PR, Inc.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of Alonzo Mourning Charities we thank you.
HOLIDAYS TO 400 CHILDREN AT THEIR ANNUAL
Photographers: Norma Jean Abraham, Nadine Valme, Jo Winstead Photography
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
PAGE 9 I HONEY SHINE’S QUARTER YEAR WORKSHOP RECAP
Alonzo Mourning I Founder, Alonzo Mourning Charities I CHAIRMAN EMERITUS
PAGE 10 I LOUIS VUITTON SELECTS HONEY SHINE TO CELEBRATE
Tracy Wilson Mourning I Founder, Honey Shine Mentoring Program I PRESIDENT
THEIR STORE RE-OPENING IN STYLE
William Diggs I Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce I VICE PRESIDENT
PAGE 11 I ALONZO JOINS SOUTH FLORIDA’S NEW SOBEFIT
Allen Furst I Agency 21 Consulting I TREASURER
MAGAZINE TO CELEBRATE THEIR LAUNCH
PAGE 12 I OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE AND
Linda Coll I Carnival Cruise Lines Foundation
LIFE” CAMPAIGN PAGE 7 I HONEY SHINE’S HOLIDAY BAZAAR TURNED OUT CHIC
AMBASSADOR DINNER PAGE 13 I CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER
MEET THE NEW STAFF
Lisa Joseph I Development Director I firstname.lastname@example.org Samantha Lepovetsky I Development Coordinator I email@example.com Nile Patrick I Community Relations Coordinator I firstname.lastname@example.org
Albert Dotson, Jr. Esquire I Bilzin, Sumberg, Beane, Price & Axelrod Gene Schaefer I Bank of America
Alonzo Mourning Founder, Alonzo Mourning Charities
NEWS 4 MOURNING’S “33” THANKSGIVINGS DELIVERED FOR THE 8TH YEAR NOVEMBER 25/27, 2008 | Alonzo gave Thanksgiving a special meaning to families across South Florida this past holiday as 533 meals were delivered to families who normally would not have a chance to enjoy this traditional gathering around the table. Alonzo started “33” Thanksgivings in the year 2000 and has kept this tradition of making special door-to-door deliveries of complete meals to families residing in low socioeconomic areas of South Florida. What started out eight years ago with deliveries to only 33 homes has since grown to serve 533 families. Working in partnership to make this happen year after year are long long-time partners of Alonzo Mourning Charities- Publix Super Markets, Inc., UPS, and Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. Alonzo Mourning Charities’ staff, numerous volunteers and UPS drivers delivered a total of 500 meals on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, allowing families time to prepare their meals before Thanksgiving Day. Each meal provided included a fully cooked turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, bread rolls, stuffing, cranberry orange relish, one gallon of iced tea, and pumpkin pie – a complete spread for each family! Also on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, at the Learning Leadership Center at San Juan Bosco in Little Havana, Alonzo and AM Charities’ staff hosted a pre-Thanksgiving event in which select families enjoyed food, music, games, as well as had a private autograph signing. Alonzo, alongside wife Tracy and son Trey, continued their family tradition by personally delivering 33 meals to select families on the morning of Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 2008. The lucky families that received meals were selected from the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities. PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Volunteers help load each UPS truck #2 - Alonzo hands at meals at Learning Leadership Center at San Juan Bosco in Little Havana #3 - Alonzo, Tracy and son Trey bring happy greetings to a family who is part of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program on Thanksgiving morning
THE HONEY SHINE MENTORING PROGRAM PUTS EARTH FIRST DURING THE 1ST ANNUAL “BEE” GREEN DAY NOVEMBER 8, 2008 | Putting Earth at the top of the list, the Honey Shine Mentoring Program hosted its first-ever “Bee” Green Day. More than 130 young girls, mentors, members (and their daughters), of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, gathered to help clean seven city-blocks of beach on South Beach. The Honey Shine Mentoring Program partnered up with the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach (www.ECOMB.org), which regularly organizes beach clean-up activities, and the locally-renowned Boucher Brothers Management (www.boucherbrothers.com) who donated the group’s team t-shirts and beach transportation to help streamline the cleaning crew’s efforts. The sanitary-squad, which included Tracy, kicked off the morning at the Marriott South Beach where a nutritional breakfast was provided by Dr. Ettie Ben-Zion. After breakfast and a brief introduction to the workshop outing to explain how efforts would help reduce the amount of litter on the beach for a greener and more sustainable Miami Beach,
the Honey Shine girls hit the beach for “Bee” Green Day. They divided into groups of 15 to see which group could clean up the most litter found on Miami Beach’s popular visited sands. The High School Honey Bugs ventured south to South Pointe where they searched along the rocks and collected the most amount of garbage, mostly in the form of glass and plastic bottles. The 15 High School Honey Bugs received a recyclable shopping bag and beauty products as a prize for their hard work in collecting the most litter. The highlight of the day came when all the Honey Bugs’ garbage bags were dumped out onto a tarp and everyone could see collectively how they made an impact on the environment. Lunch for the group was provided by Epicure, cupcakes by Heavenly Cupcakes, and music for the afternoon celebration by DJ Freestyle. “Bee” Green Day contributed an important exercise to Honey Shine’s program as they educate their girls on the importance of community service, giving back and learning that we all play an important role.
PHOTO CAPTION: #1 - Honey Shine’s tiniest of tots also lend a hand #2 - Adriana Walton and Tracy teamed up and headed North #3 - Team Honey Bug celebrates their successful collective effort to make the earth a better place
NEWS 6 MOURNING’S RACE TO GIVE OMAR LIFE: ZO’S FUND FOR LIFE INTRODUCED THE “GIVE OMAR LIFE” CAMPAIGN NOVEMBER 2008 | Mourning, through Zo’s Fund for Life, an organization he launched shortly after he learned he would need an organ transplant, have been leading the “Give Omar Life” campaign since November 2008 to raise funds for a three-year-old boy named Omar Ferguson who was in desperate need of a liver transplant.
LOCAL AND NATIONAL COMPANIES COME TOGETHER AND STRATEGIZE DECEMBER 12, 2008 | Alonzo Mourning Charities invited various local and national companies to attend our Annual Corporate Partnership Summit hosted in efforts to help partners learn more about our different programs and upcoming initiatives. There were a variety of interactive exercises that allowed everyone to share ideas, network, explore different ways to further involve their company in the community and explore different cross-promotional opportunities with community-minded executives. In appreciation for their participation, each guests received a personalized copy of Alonzo’s autobiography RESILIENCE and two tickets to a Miami Heat Game. We thank the following companies for their willingness to share and learn more about the great things we are doing in the community: Ad Graphics, Inc., Amerigroup Community Care, Astrazeneca, Audio One, BankAtlantic, Bank of America, Blizin Sumberg, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Carnival Cruise Lines Foundation, Clear Channel Outdoor, Clear Channel South Florida, Dell, Detuche Bank, Equinox, Evolution Advertising, Sun Sports TV/Fox Sports Net Florida, Gansevoort South, Home Depot, Hotel Intercontinental Miami, Macy’s, Mad Studios, Merrill Lynch, Metro Signs, Inc., The Heat Group, Miccosukee Tribe of Indians, The Michael Fux Foundation, Nupress of Miami, Nike, Publix Super Markets, SOBEFit Magazine, SocialMiami.com, and UPS. PHOTO CAPTION: #1 - Guests break-up into teams share ideas #2 - Alonzo Mourning and Aristotle Jobson from UPS
Little Omar was lying in a hospital bed for most of this past holiday season at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at UM/Jackson. He was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, a rare condition he acquired as a newborn in which the common bile duct between the liver and small intestine is blocked or absent. Most patients with this diagnosis will undergo a procedure as infants to remove the atretic biliary ducts outside the liver and attach the small intestine directly to the liver at the spot where bile is found or expected to drain in an effort to re-establish bile flow. If this procedure is done before two months of age, success is likely. Omar was not fortunate enough to have received this procedure as an infant and as a result the blocked bile flow caused severe liver cirrhosis which has led to liver failure. He was in end-stage cirrhosis experiencing complications including life-threatening intestinal bleeding, fluid retention in the abdomen (ascites), and abnormal blood ammonia levels which, if left untreated, could have resulted in coma. The only effective treatment option for Omar to survive was a liver transplant. Omar’s mother, Darie Ferguson, took a leap of faith when she left their hometown in the Bahamas, whose hospital did not have adequate medical facilities to perform the necessary transplant, and came to the U.S. without health insurance. It was in Miami, Florida where she learned she would need $300,000 for the transplant and then one thing led to another and she miraculously was connected to Alonzo and Zo’s Fund for Life. The race to “Give Omar Life” was initiated by Zo’s Fund for Life who recognized the importance of giving Omar the chance to live. Zo’s Fund for Life raised the initial funds needed in order to place Omar on the transplant waiting list and doctors at the Holtz Children’s Hospital at the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Medical Center campus in Miami, Florida quickly moved Omar to priority status as his health began deteriorating rapidly and resulted in him being placed on life support.
A donor liver became available on Saturday, December 13, 2008 and was flown in from California to Miami where doctors immediately performed a successful transplantation on Omar who was clinging to life. Omar’s new liver is functioning well and he is still under the close care and supervision of Dr. Andreas G. Tzakis, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Liver/GI Transplant Surgery, Director of the Miami Transplant Institute, and Professor of Surgery and the pediatric transplant team at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and Miami Transplant Institute. But, the “Give Omar Life” campaign is not over yet: Omar needs ongoing post-transplant care and several immunosuppressant medications to help fight against organ rejection in addition to the current transplant-related expenses, which are a part of the overall $300,000 goal to be raised. Zo’s Fund for Life has donated $50,000 of the $300,000 needed to “Give Omar Life” and has raised a total of $ $155,074.75 to date. Donations have been streaming in from all over the country but there is still $144,925.25 to be raised. Zo’s Fund for Life continues to call on the public’s support in order to meet the goal needed for the entire cost of the transplant as well as post-transplant related medical expenses. It’s not too late to contribute to the “Give Omar Life” fund. Donations are tax-deductible and accepted by: - Debit or credit card via PayPal at www.ZosFundForLife.org/Omar or by calling 1-888-520-ZFFL (9335). - Mail a check payable to Zo’s Fund For Life (reference: Omar) at Zo’s Fund for Life, PO Box 330110, Miami, FL 33233. - Drop off cash or overnight/courier a check to Alonzo Mourning Charities, Inc., c/o Zo’s Fund For Life, 2901 Florida Avenue, Suite 806, Coconut Grove, Florida 33133. - Wire transfer to Zo’s Fund for Life, Regions Bank, 2800 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, FL, Account #: 9660220568, ABA/Routing #: 062000019. For more information, visit www.ZosFundForLife.org, call 1-888-520-ZFFL (9335), or email Amanda@ZosFundForLife.org. PHOTO CAPTION: #1 - Alonzo takes a moment to share one-on-one time with Omar post surgery #2 - Alonzo pleads for public support at press conference [NEED DOCTOR NAMES]
NEWS 8 ALONZO AND TRACY BRING THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THE HOLIDAYS TO 400 CHILDREN AT THEIR ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 9, 2008 | Tracy and Alonzo hosted their annual Holiday Party for 400 very lucky and
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San Juan Bosco, The 100 Black Men of South Florida, among others. The event took place at The Rusty Pelican on Key Biscayne who was also gracious enough to once more underwrite the entire evening. They were treated to a traditional dinner and the night was accented by a variety of festivities
NOVEMBER 21, 2008 | Tracy and her Honey Shine Mentoring Program celebrated the start of the 2008 Holiday Season with their very own Holiday Bazaar. Trendy items by local vendors, including jewelry, handbags, beauty products, swimwear, wine, home accessories and much more, were on display under one roof – one giant roof that is! An exclusive new Hollub Homes, a Pinecrest Key West Estate in Pinecrest, Florida, opened its doors to Honey Shine and the South Florida community for an ultra-fab day of shopping. The Holiday Bazaar, which was open to the public, also featured a wine tasting and a raffle for posh prizes.
including a talent show, cookie decorating, face painting, great music, dancing and a surprise visit
Everyone who attended was excited to have the opportunity to holiday shop in style, while at the same time knowing that the proceeds would benefit the Honey Shine Mentoring Program which helps young girls across South Florida. Tracy was shopping alongside guests and also helped announce some of the fabulous gifts that were raffled. The 2008 Honey Shine Holiday Bazaar was chaired by Norma Jean Abraham and Nadine Valmé, both of which are Honey Shine Steering Committee members.
by Santa Claus. As a memento of the celebration, holiday gifts were given to each child including Nike sneakers provided by Nike and a Florida Panthers gym bag filled with toys that were secured by Barry University and Miami Palmetto Senior High School who conducted toy drives for the event. Special thanks to Miccosukee Resort & Gaming who also helped underwrite festive celebration and to the many volunteer elves who made sure each child left with a great big holiday smile.
#1 - (BACK LEFT TO RIGHT) Marjorie Shultz, Honey Shine Mentoring Program Member, Andrea Graham, Program Manager for the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, Nadine Valme, Honey Shine Mentoring Program Member, with three little angels from the Learning Leadership Center at San Juan Bosco in Little Havana #2 - Alonzo helps start the electric slide on the dance floor
Special thanks to Hollub Homes — South Florida’s award-winning builder of distinctive homes for the past 54 years. Amy Hollub, Vice President of Real Estate Sales and also a Honey Shine member, was at the event showing the host-estate, which was also listed for sale. #1 - Rhonda Johnson and Tammy Hyde from the Paper Niche #2 - Guests shop for great Holiday bargains!
#3 - Nike volunteers help distribute much-needed shoes to the many kids in attendance
HONEY SHINE’S QUARTER YEAR WORKSHOP RECAP October I Honey Shine started the program year with a bang and continues to get more exciting with every workshop. In October we challenged our Honey Bugs to think and examine real issues happening in the world around them by discussing important topics such as Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, and Crime Prevention. Honey Bugs learned how negative relationships lower self-esteem and cause harm to oneself, friends, and family members. Panelists included survivors and officers of the court and law. We thank Judge Deborah White-Labora, Bernadette Chester, Officer Leon Leonard, and Destiny Coleman for sharing their stories and knowledge with the girls.
thankfulness for others. Each decorative leaf represented one item they were thankful for. With each full-leafed tree each girl was able to visualize the many blessings each had. During the workshop, a group of Alonzo Mourning Charities’ Board Members visited including Alonzo and Tracy who took a moment to share what they were thankful for in life. Honey Bugs were excited to have them stop by and share in the spirit of Thanksgiving. Thanks to Ana Spiers from the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables for helping to make this a great experience in addition to the efforts of the many volunteers and members who Honey Shine counts on.
In addition, Honey Shine introduced a new component to the yearly curriculum by adding a Honey Bug Leadership Team to give each Honey Bug a voice and equal stake in the planning of workshops and activities. As part of the workshop on voting and education on October 25th, Honey Bugs nominated peers from their respective groups to speak on their behalf by way of this special leadership team. After many team building exercises, Honey Bug finalists delivered speeches to their groups on why they should be nominated as a representative. Honey Bugs were then asked to mark their ballots to simulate a real voting experience. Andrew Korge also stopped by and brought the girls handouts and “I VOTED” stickers compliments of the Democratic Party. In addition, he spoke to the group about the importance of voting in local and national elections especially this momentous year.
December I Looking out of the windows from the 20th floor of the Doubletree Coconut Grove, more than 100 Honey Bugs participated in the last workshop of the 2008. The topic of Bullying and Prevention was lead by the Switch Board of Miami. The girls learned how to identify and properly handle different types of bullying that occurs between friends, family, and others. To wrap-up and add a little fun ending to the holiday season the girls decorated picture frames that either ended up as holiday gifts or for their own personal collection. Thanks to Wayne Haltiwanger, Director of Catering at the Doubletree Coconut Grove and the many volunteers and members that helped coordinate yet another successful workshop.
November I Honey Shine celebrated the holidays with a little creativity, through a craft project in November, by creating Thanksgiving Trees as an expression of gratitude and
PHOTO CAPTION: #1 - Honey Bugs break into teams to build a tree full of thanks. #2 - Honey Bug Asia Smith among many things is thankful for Honey Shine
LOUIS VUITTON SELECTS HONEY SHINE TO CELEBRATE THEIR STORE RE-OPENING IN STYLE DECEMBER 4, 2008 | This fall, Louis Vuitton hosted a celebration to commemorate their re-opening and expansion of the Boca Raton Town Center store. Kim and Scott Rothstein, supporters of Alonzo Mourning Charities, co-hosted the intimate soiree to benefit the Honey Shine Mentoring Program. Guests not only shopped to their hearts content but they also enjoyed sounds from special guest DJ Irie, cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres in great style. Louis Vuitton associates, led by Store Director Gila Edrich, helped showcase the 2009 Cruise Collection season’s hottest trends. “This event continues to join two of my favorite loves- shopping and raising funds for a worthy cause”, said Tracy Wilson Mourning as the evening came to a close. Thank you to Louis Vuitton and Gila Edrich for opening their doors to Honey Shine for the 3rd year. Moreover, special thanks to Shari Rochester who also worked to ensure the event’s success. The partnership with Louis Vuitton has truly helped Honey Shine fulfill its mission of empowering young girls to shine as women. PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Alonzo Mourning, Louis Vuitton’s Gila Edrich, and longtime supporter of the organization Ron Book #2 - Louis Vuitton fans and Honey Shine supporters show off their Damier and Monogram goods #3 - Tracy strikes a fab pose
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NEWS 12 ALONZO JOINS SOUTH FLORIDA’S NEW SOBeFit MAGAZINE TO CELEBRATE THEIR LAUNCH October 14, 2008 | MPG Publishing celebrated the launch of SOBeFiT, the first publication in South Florida dedicated exclusively to providing expert advice to men and women on fitness, nutrition, health and sports. More than 300 supporters and health enthusiasts attended the SOBeFiT launch event to show their support for the magazine. Alonzo, who graces the face of the their first cover, joined SOBeFiT’s Editor-In-Chief Marta Montenegro and MPG Publishing’s Vice President Enrique Auvert with opening remarks and discussed his involvement with SOBeFiT as a contributor with his column, From A to Zo, where he shares his insight on developing a health-conscious community. SOBeFiT presented a $25,000 check to Alonzo for Alonzo Mourning Charities to benefit the community initiatives lead by the organization. PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Magazine Cover #2 - Alonzo Mourning, Tracy Wilson Mourning, Artist Romero Brito and Editor-In-Chief Marta Montenegro #3 - Marta and Enrique Auvert present Alonzo with a $25,000 donation
CAMP HONEY SHINE I JUNE 8 - JULY 3 Camp enables Honey Shine to further enrich our girl’s lives with experiences and activities that will continue to broaden their horizons throughout the summer. Sponsor one of our Honey Bugs TODAY so they don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity. You can sponsor a Honey Bug from just one (1) day of Camp at $50 up to $1,000 for the entire four (4) weeks of Camp. Please contact Andrea Graham, Program Manager, for more information at 305.476.0095 x106 or by e-mail email@example.com.
OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER (OYC) HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE DECEMBER 2008 | The students at the Overtown Youth Center had a special Holiday season by participating in their annual holiday show that showcased all the new dances, songs and skits throughout the year learned during their extra curricular activities. In addition to the showcase filled with talent, the Overtown Youth Center was able to depend on companies and individuals to ensure that all 225 kids enrolled in the center had a very special holiday filled with great toys. Lennar employees continued their long-standing tradition of decorating OYC’s lobby into a holiday wonderland. Bilzin Sumberg’s Land Use Government Relations Practice Group, Carnival Cruise Lines and Randy Perkins made generous financial contributions to ensure that all OYC children received gifts. Employees at Cordis, Lennar, Nordstrom, South Central Regional Center and United Way of Miami-Dade all supplied presents to our students. Nike gave each student a brand new pair of sneakers. Additionally, Cordis, City Year and Lennar employees served pizza, lead an art project with students, and helped pass out presents during our holiday drive. Among the outpour of giving, Chief Billy Cyprus of The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida provided turkeys to each family. Honey Baked Ham also assisted by providing delicious whole hams and turkeys. We thank each and every individual and company for such tremendous support! PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - A pair of twins show off their identical gifts #2 - OYC kids take time out to enjoy a holiday tale of giving
OYC AMBASSADOR DINNER DECEMBER 3, 2008 | Jennifer Altman and Marshall Ames, chairpersons of Overtown Youth Center’s Development Committee hosted the 3rd Annual Ambassador’s Dinner at the Meat Market Restaurant on Lincoln Road. Meat Market generously underwrote the affair where each guest received personalized copies of Alonzo Mourning’s book Resilience. Speakers included Tracy and Alonzo Mourning, Carla Penn, Executive Director of the Overtown Youth Center and Jennifer Altman who reiterated the need for enrichment services in this community and ongoing funding to ensure all children have the chance to achieve greatness. We thank Jennifer Altman and Marshall Ames for spearheading the gathering and being wonderful hosts. PHOTO CAPTIONS #1 - Congresswoman Meek and Sue Miller #2 - Alonzo shares his vision with invited guests that include Darlene and Jorge Perez, Terry Perrin and Jon Batchelor among others
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SUPPORT 14 MEET THE NEW STAFF
We would like to thank the following individuals and corporations for their most recent support: DONORS $5,000 AND ABOVE: Alonzo Mourning Charities Bank Of America BlueCross BlueShield of Florida Cordis The Children’s Trust Carnival Cruise Lines Ethel and W. George Kennedy Foundation Florida Department of Education 21st Century Jason Taylor Foundation JP Morgan Chase Foundation Lennar Foundation NBA Community Assist Award PL Dodge Foundation Publix Super Markets Saily & Randy Perkins Susan Miller The Vidaurreta Family The Yulman Foundation United Way of Miami-Dade Wachovia Foundation *All other donors will be acknowledged in the spring 2009 newsletter. SPECIAL CONTRIBUTIONS The children in Mrs. Lisa Saul and Mrs. Laura Lucas’s three-year-old pre-school class at the Margaux Early Childhood School at Temple Judea give “Tzedaka” (Hebrew for donation) every Friday to contribute to a worthwhile charity. The pre-school class selected the Overtown Youth Center. The children watched OYC’s video and they were all very excited to see President Obama on the screen! Thank you Temple Judea for your support and for teaching children at an early age about giving back! Tracy and Alonzo Mourning for underwriting the cost of taking students and parents to the Washington D.C. for the Inauguration.
April 28, 2009 • Jungle Island
Samantha Lepovetsky Alonzo Mourning Charities I Development Coordinator Sam, as she is often referred, has a background in Sports and Entertainment. Before joining us in October, she previously worked for the Washington Wizards, Florida Panthers, and Charlotte Bobcats. In her spare time she enjoys music and watching sports, especially football and basketball. Her favorite teams are the Washington Wizards, Miami Heat and the Cincinnati Bengals. She is from Saint Marys, Pennsylvania and has a Sports Management degree and a minor in Business Administration from Towson University in Baltimore. Sam will help support the Development Department to reach fundraising goals.
L A I C THANK YOU SPEANKS H T Thank you to Do Unto Others (DUO) Magazine and Ellen Sue Burton for their in-kind donations, advertising and support of Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Honey Shine Mentoring Program.
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