IN THE KNOW WITH ZO ALONZO MOURNING CHARITIES NEWSLETTER I JANUARY 2010 - MARCH 2010 I NO. 15
IN THE KNOW WITH ZO is a publication of Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) that is designed to be an informative piece for sponsors, partners, and supporters in the community.
INSPIRING THROUGH ADVOCACY, EDUCATION AND ENRICHMENT SERVICES ALSO FEATURING: OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER, HONEY SHINE MENTORING PROGRAM AND ZO’S FUND FOR LIFE
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FROM OUR FOUNDER
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Dear Friends: The devastation caused by the Haiti earthquake was overwhelming for those who experienced it first hand and for the friends, family and local community who witnessed the enormity of the destruction from afar. I was moved to immediately travel to Haiti to see where I could lend a hand. Having traveled to Haiti so soon after the earthquake allowed me to witness images that will be forever ingrained in my memory. There were many horrific images of death as well as many displays of heroism and bravery even from the youngest of the injured. Upon returning to Miami, it was clear that fundraising was necessary to provide medical assistance to the most critically injured survivors. Alongside my colleague and friend, Dwyane Wade, we cofounded the Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti to support Project Medishare, who had already begun the seemingly insurmountable task. Once more, I am thankful to our fellow athletes, partner corporations and especially the community who did not hesitate to contribute. Nevertheless, it is important that we maintain our focus on Haiti as there is still so much to be done. I personally have made a commitment to use my resources to help Haiti remain at the forefront and I hope you will too. Here at home, our local programs thankfully continue to flourish. The students at the Overtown Youth Center approached the New Year with great enthusiasm taking advantage of every new opportunity including the annual College Tour held at the end of March. Excited about the future, our High School Seniors are now counting down the days to graduation. Congratulations to those who have been accepted and are now on the path to success. Your ongoing financial support of the Center will allow us to continue to fully equip each child with the tools they need to graduate. Our Honey Bugs successfully completed another series of successful educational workshops and also managed to have a little fun with added fieldtrips to the movies. Now as Honey Shine starts preparations for the summer, they can use your financial support to ensure that 100% of the girls from the program enjoy four full weeks of Camp Honey Shine activities.
CONTRIBUTORS FROM OUR FOUNDER ALONZO & DWYANE WADE LEAD EFFORTS TO SUPPORT HAITI GENERATING DIALOGUE & ACTION ANOTHER LUCKY STRIKE TAKING A TIME OUT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HAITI THE STARS BRING THEIR A-GAME TO DALLAS FOR ZO & MAGIC’S 8-BALL CHALLENGE LOUIS VUITTON JOINS THE ALL-STAR WEEKEND LINE UP & HOSTS RECEPTION… INAUGURAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD CELEBRATION HONORING ALONZO WALK TO SLOW OR STOP THE PROGRESSION OF KIDNEY DISEASE ALONZO HELPS KICK-OFF NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH ON LOPEZ TONIGHT HONEY SHINE HOSTS FIRST 2010 RECRUITMENT EVENT AT OCEAN PRIME AVENTURA HONEY SHINE HOSTS VIP FASHION SHOW WITH HOUSE OF DEREON AT NEIMAN MARCUS TRACY’S HONEY BUGS TAKE TO MIAMI BEACH FOR “BEE” GREEN DAY HONEY SHINE CELEBRATES AS THEY APPROACH THEIR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP GOALS… ALONZO VISITS SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE TO URGE EXPANDED COVERAGE DELL GAMING LAB FOR STUDENTS SCORES HIGH POINTS COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES, INC. EXECUTIVES PARTNER WITH THE OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER… ZO’S FUND FOR LIFE EXPANDS PROGRAMMING…
Through Zo’s Fund for Life, it was an honor to once more have the opportunity to rally around Medigap legislation to help improve patient access to kidney care, by speaking to South Carolina legislators and staff. We look forward to a positive outcome in the coming months. In the meantime, Zo’s Fund for Life is now expanding programming to focus on the younger individuals affected by kidney disease. I encourage you to read more about our youth-focused initiatives and call us to find out how you can get involved. On behalf of the Alonzo Mourning Charities Board of Directors, Program Advisory Boards and all staff, we thank you. Regards,
Alonzo Mourning Founder, Alonzo Mourning Charities
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HONEY SHINE MENTORING PROGRAM
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Alonzo Mourning I CHAIRMAN EMERITUS Williams Diggs I CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Allen Furst I TREASURER & SECRETARY Jennifer Altman Ron Book Evan Contorakes Linda Coll Albert Dotson, Jr., Esq. Juan Galarraga Stuart Miller Tracy Wilson Mourning Fennoris Pearson Jerry Powers Gene Schaefer Scott Woolley
ADVISORY BOARD: Tracy Wilson Mourning Amy Deutch Dottie Fauerbach I WORKSHOP CO-CHAIR Mirta Fuentes Joanie Graham I CAMP CHAIR Rhonda Johnson I HATS OFF LUNCHEON CO-CHAIR Daniela Kohl-Zapata Lisa Joseph Ayana O’Rand I HATS OFF LUNCHEON CO-CHAIR Carla Penn I EXPANSION CHAIR Ramona Phillips Shari Rochester Marjorie Schultz Nadine Valme I WORKSHOP CHAIR
STAFF: Noreen Timoney I Interim Chief Executive Director Grace M. Castro I Public Relations and Marketing Director Anna Fortes I Accountant Lisa Joseph I Development Director Samantha Lepovetsky I Development Coordinator Nile Patrick I Community Relations Coordinator
STAFF: Andrea Graham I Program Director LaCriscia M. Fowlkes I Program Coordinator
OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER ADVISORY BOARD: Judge Peter Adrien Phil Bacon Heather Bailey Chantel Christopher Andre Crenshaw, Esq. Lazaro Dominguez Anthony Jackson Norma Jean Abraham
OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER (CONTINUED)
OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER (CONTINUED)
Michael Madd Stephen A. Marino, Esq. Natasha D. Mayne, Esq. Reme Rodriguez Jodi Silva Michelle Surtain Leo Toca Lisa Wooten
Tikena Pratt-Lawrence I Community Relations Coordinator Latrell T. Pratt-Wilson I Coordinator Wilfredo J. Rosario I Coordinator Rodney S. Royal I Art Teacher Shaunwedra Simmons I Coordinator Clinique Smith I Program Manager Latsha Strawder I Dance Teacher Yance Torres I Development Associate Dedarion Wallace I Coordinator Ilya M. Williams I Coordinator
STAFF: Carla R. Penn I Executive Director Althacha Alexandre I Teacher Tia Burch I Coordinator Shandar K. Butler I Coordinator Debra Byrd I Coordinator Assistant Wilson Eric I Recreational Coach Sabrina Jackson I Coordinator Adriane Jefferson I Drama Teacher Jacinth Joseph I Teacher Monica S. Keys I Program Care Coordinator Dewain Lewis I Recreational Coach Valarie Lomax I Parent Coordinator Ingrid L. Louis I Librarian Antonio J. Marshall I Coordinator Stephanie Mcbean I Teacher Mark Mclary I Music Teacher Nicole H. Mcmillan I Human Resource Manager Bob Metelus I IT Instructor Dennard K. Mitchell I Teacher
ZO’S FUND FOR LIFE ADVISORY BOARD: Lisa “Lee” Arneaud Sharie Blanton Irma Friedman Allen Furst Beverly Gould Allan Kolsky Eileen Maralet Dayane Nunez John Schmidt Jennifer Silverman ,Esq. Gisel Stark, ARNP-BC Noreen Timoney STAFF: Amanda Allen I Managing Director
3 NEWS ALONZO AND DWAYNE WADE LEAD EFFORTS TO SUPPORT HAITI January 18, 2010 | Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti, an initiative co-founded by Alonzo and Dwyane, in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, helped solicit generous and passionate responses from fellow athletes.
“Since first learning of the tragedy in Haiti, I was intent on finding a way to help,” said James. “I fell fortunate to be in such a position to provide support and my heart and prayers continue to be with the people of Haiti.”
Initially receiving more than $845,000 in pledges, Alonzo and Dwyane launched the initiative with the intent to form a united front within the world of professional sports helping to rally collective support to fund immediate relief efforts. Lennar Corporation also announced that they will match up to $1 million to directly benefit Project Medishare.
Chris Paul noted $61,000 of his $100,000 donation was in honor of his deceased grandfather, offering a personal story. A high school student at the time, Paul scored 61 points in a game the day after his grandfather’s passing.
“The response from our colleagues has been overwhelming,” said Mourning, who personally traveled to Haiti on several occasions. “We accept these donations with complete confidence that Project Medishare will put each dollar to quick and efficient use. Having been in Haiti, I have seen their work in action.” Contributing athletes include: From the NBA, Al Hartford (Atlanta Hawks), Anthony Parker (Cleveland Cavaliers), LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kenyon Martin (Denver Nuggets), J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets), Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets), Ben Gordon (Detroit Pistons), Mike Dunleavy (Indiana Pacers), Michael Beasley (Miami HEAT), Udonis Haslem (Miami HEAT), Quentin Richardson (Miami HEAT), Devin Harris (New Jersey Nets), Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Michael Finley (San Antonio Spurs), Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors), Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz), Ronnie Brewer (Utah Jazz), Caron Butler (Washington Wizards), and Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards). From the NFL, Terrell Owens, Joshua Cribbs (Cleveland Browns), Donte Stallworth (Baltimore Ravons), Wes Welker (New England Patriots), Randy Moss (New England Patriots), Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles), and Clinton Portis (Washington Redskins). “I expected nothing less from my friends and colleagues in the sports community,” Wade said. “Our commitment to this cause knows no bounds and we will continue to accept any and all donations throughout the months ahead.”
Equally moved by the effort, Donte Stallworth turned to his Twitter account, and offered to donate $1 for every follower. To date, he has more than 30,000 followers. Funds raised will be directed to Project Medishare, which is actively working to support the Haitian people. Important to these efforts were the individuals and companies who provided their time and in-kind donation: Davapharma, Dr. Colaizzi, Dynatronics Corporation, EventsStar, Feed The Children, Foundation Bear (Build A Bear), Gatorade, Hausmann Industries, Hospital Associates, JR United, Peace of the Children Foundation, Pepsi, and Target to name a few. Dr. Barth Green, a co-founder of Project Medishare for Haiti, has emerged as a key player in the current efforts to save affected Haitians. One of the first foreign doctors to arrive in Haiti, Dr. Green has helped to coordinate international medical relief, and to oversee a new field hospital erected of tents on vacant land in the northwest corner of Port-auPrince’s International Airport. The makeshift hospital will house a medical staff of 100 plus and two operating rooms, and has assisted hundreds of patients. Project Medishare is dedicated to sharing its human and technical resources with its Haitian partners in the quest to achieve quality healthcare and development services for all. Project Medishare is working closely with Haitian President René Préval to organize all medical teams on the ground and implement a plant to set up field hospitals and triage centers around the capital city of Port au Prince. We thank each and every donor for not hesitating to get involved.
Wade has personally committed $175,000 to the cause. Alonzo Mourning, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul have each pledged $100,000.
For more information on today’s needs please visit www.PROJECTMEDISHARE.org
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GENERATING DIALOGUE AND ACTION JANUARY 14, 2010 | Organized by Board Members Jennifer Altman and Marshall Ames, Alonzo and Tracy invited several key figures, known for their philanthropic work in South Florida, to Alonzo’s Mourning Charities’ Annual Ambassador Dinner. Generously hosted by Miami’s ChopHouse, the evening’s sole focus was not only to discuss the issues plaguing the youth in our community but also to collectively find solutions that can make a greater impact. PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Marshall Ames, Alonzo and Sue Miller #2 - Mark & Kristina Pickard and Alonzo #3 - Keith & Stefanie St. Clair and Tracy & Alonzo #4 - Steve Rosenthal and Jessie Alexander #5 - David Lawerence Jr. and Sherie Swerdlow #6 - Tracy and Alonzo welcome guests and begin the dialogue Photo Credit: Omar Vega
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ANOTHER LUCKY STRIKE FEBRUARY 2, 2010 | Alonzo and Tracy kicked off the 5th Annual Zo’s “King Pin” Classic bowling event amidst the various football gatherings and parties held in between NFL ProBowl and SuperBowl week. Friends and supporters gathered at Lucky Strike Lanes, raising more than $90,000 to benefit the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, a program of Alonzo Mourning Charities. Attendees included NBC6’s co-anchor, Roxanne Vargas, as Mistress of Ceremonies, local radio personality Michael Yo, Miami’s very own DJ Irie who kept the party moving, alongside countless NFL and NBA players including Odewale Ogunleye, Ali Highsmith, Antoine Walker, Damien Anderson, Braylon Edwards, Charles Johnson, Darren Sharper, Ray Rice, Ted Hendricks, Willis McGahee and many more. Sponsored in part by Wheat Thins snacks and Waste Services of Florida, Inc., the night was filled with festivities that included rounds at the billiard tables, virtual bowling on Nintendo Wii, unlimited cocktails donated by Atlantico and hors d’oeuvres, as well as an auction and raffle with great items. During the evening, Wheat Thins staged a snack intervention, an impromptu performance that surprised guests as performers took over all the lanes and kept the crowd “crunching” with complimentary boxes of the snack. The Seminole bowling team reigned as champs once more claiming the “King Pin” title. The
winning team received an engraved wooden bowling pin for each bowling team member and had their photo taken with Alonzo and Tracy. “For the fifth year, this event has allowed us to raise the much needed funds,” said Alonzo. “Thanks to our sponsors and everyone who turned out to bowl to support the girls of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program, so we are able to continue providing the education, leadership, and mentoring that they need,” added Tracy. PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - W Hotel Team #2 - Michael Tilley, Kate Burgess and Amy Barnard #3 - Alonzo and Tracy #4 - Volunteers ready to welcome guests #5 - Mary Twohig, Jim Low, Kristin Tremblay and Amy Barnard #6 - Max and Barbara Sharief #7 - Waste Services of Florida, Inc. Team #8 - Miami Heat Charitable Fund Team #9 - Michael Tilley, Rhonda Tilley, Amy Barnard, and Brian French #10 - Kidding Around Team Photo Credit: Claude Zick
7 NEWS TAKING A TIME OUT TO RAISE FUNDS FOR HAITI FEBRUARY 4, 2010 | South Florida kick-started February 2010 with a busy schedule of football games and parties. Many locals and celebs did not allow the needs of Haiti to take a backseat during a time that was still critical for many. While thousands flocked to South Florida for Pro Bowl and Super Bowl, Alonzo, with friends Wayne Boich and Jerry Powers, invited a few locals and out of town guest to a private fundraiser at Boich’s penthouse to benefit Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti. Attended by actor and comedian Chris Rock, New York Yankee and 2009 World Series Champ Alex Rodriguez, Kim Kardashian, David Spade, Lance Bass, and numerous football players in town for the big game, the evening raised $100,000 to add to the funds that “Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti” has already committed to support Project Medishare’s efforts in Haiti.
Before dinner was served, Mourning and Dr. Barth Green, Project Medishare lead and Professor and Chairman at the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, together shared their experiences during the first critical hours after the earthquake hit Haiti. Both told graphic stories of loss and witnessed miracles of survival, while recent images of the devastation were shown on the surrounding screens. Atop of the ICON building in Miami Beach, encircled by a stunning 360 view of Miami, host Wayne Boich later welcomed everyone to enjoy the rest of the evening. Sponsored in part by Bacardi and Grey Goose, guest enjoyed a delightful dinner compliments of Myles Chefetz of Prime 112. Favorites included Miso Marinated Sea Bass, Five Cheese Truffle “MAC,” and Sweet Potato & Vanilla Bean Mash. A dessert cheesecake complimented the GREY GOOSE® L’Orange Big Easy and GREY GOOSE® L’Orange Colts Coolers that were served throughout the night. “It’s great to see this group come together for Haiti when most of our focus is on the weekend of ball game festivities,” said Mourning. “I thank Wayne Boich for opening his doors to us and Jerry Powers for leading the night’s efforts.” PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Wayne Boich and Alonzo #2 - Dr. Barth Green and Alonzo #3 - Jerry Powers #4 - Alonzo and Alex Rodriguez #5 - Wayne Boich Sr. and Brady Quinn #6 - Chris Rock #7 - Kim Kardashian, Tracy and Alonzo #8 - David Spade Photo Credit: Jo Winstead
THE STARS BRING THEIR A-GAME TO DALLAS FOR “ZO & MAGIC’S 8-BALL CHALLENGE” FEBRUARY 11, 2010 | Basketball wasn’t the only game of choice during the 2010 All-Star weekend in Dallas, Texas. On this day, the snow-covered streets of Dallas didn’t deter the many celebrities, athletes and entertainers alike who gathered to play and support the 5th Annual Zo & Magic’s 8-Ball Challenge Pool Tournament, held at Centennial Hall- Fair Park, and sponsored by charitable partners AT&T, Ciroc, Dallas Dynasty, Diamond Billiard Products, Inc., ESPN, and Sereni Tea.
Brown, Vivica Fox, Sheryl Underwood, Stephen Curry, Kenny Lofton, Ndmukong Suh, Allan Houston, Nancy Lieberman, Emmitt Smith, Michael Beasley, Deaquan Cook, Paul Pierce, Camillionaire, Kara Lawson, Chris Bosh, Charles Smith, Martellus Bennett, among others, competed in a round robin style tournament fundraiser to benefit initiatives supported by Alonzo Mourning Charities, the Magic Johnson Foundation and the Tom Joyner Foundation.
Hosted by Ford and NBA greats, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Alonzo Mourning and co- Competing teams included Aetna, Aon, Best Buy, Brand Jordan, Converse, Louis Vuitton, host Tom Joyner, celebrities and athletes included Stuart Scott, Terrell Owens, Nate Miami Heat, Schlegler Sports, and Stewart Rahr. The Diamond Billiards team defeated Robinson, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott, Biba Golic, Alex Thomas, Al Horford, Shannon past 8-Ball Challenge winners Alonzo Mourning and his partner, famed painter Alonzo
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THE STARS BRING THEIR A-GAME TO DALLAS FOR “ZO & MAGIC’S 8-BALL CHALLENGE” (CONTINUED) Adams, to win not only the coveted title as 2010 8-Ball Challenge champions, but also a grand prize gift package worth more than $10,000. Special thanks to our Event Chair, Mark Cuban, Master of Ceremonies, Dwyane Wade and Dallas for their great hospitality. PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Alonzo, Tom Joyner, Donna Richardson, Cookie and Ervin “Magic” Johnson #2 - Alonzo and Dallas guests #3 - Alonzo gives a thumbs up on Ford Taurus #4 - Dwyane Wade and DJ Irie
#5 - Alonzo takes aim #6 - Hosting Sponsor Ford #7 - Ciroc Partners #8 - Cookie Johnson and Tracy #9 - Emmitt Smith and Patricia Southall #10 - Ervin asks for silence #11 - Micky and Madeleine Arison #12 - Dikembe Mutombo #13 - Winning team Diamond Billiards alongside runner up Alonzo and Alonzo Adams (right) Photo Credit: Omar Vega
LOUIS VUITTON JOINS THE ALL-STAR WEEKEND LINE UP AND HOSTS RECEPTION TO BENEFIT HONEY SHINE 2
FEBRUARY 13, 2009 | Helping to make Dallas a fundraising success, the Louis Vuitton Private Shopping Event, hosted by Tracy and Alonzo, raised more than $15,000 to benefit the Honey Shine Mentoring Program. During this exclusive day of shopping, special invited guests got to preview and snap up items from the Louis Vuitton 2010 Cruise Collection, to benefit the young girls of the program, founded by Tracy. We thank Louis Vuitton for continuing to support Honey Shine in every state that our message needs to be heard. PHOTO CAPTIONS #1 - Tracy, Ervin “Magic” Johnson and Cookie Johnson #2 - Tracy, Kelly Arison and Madeleine Arison #3 - Deborah Cox has her eye on denim #4 - Alonzo joins Tracy at the register Photo Credit: Omar Vega 3
INAUGURAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD CELEBRATION HONORING ALONZO
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FEBRUARY 24, 2010 | More than 300 people attended the Inaugural Humanitarian Award Celebration honoring Alonzo, to benefit the Miami Transplant Institute (MTI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Supporters from South Florida’s business, social and celebrity community joined national and international guests attended to honor Alonzo for focusing public attention to the critical need for organ donation and further research of organ transplantation at the Miami Transplant Institute.
MARCH 7, 2010 | Zo’s Fund for Life participated in this year’s National Kidney Foundation KIDNEY WALK alongside 2,000 people from the community, helping to raise $143,000 and counting!
Proceeds from the Humanitarian Award Celebration will help MTI lead the way to prevent organ rejection without the need for powerful anti-rejection medication and pioneer the development of additional sources of transplantable tissues from stem cells. Congratulations to Alonzo and to MTI for their continued efforts. PHOTO CAPTION: #1 - Linda Corey, Eneida Roldan, M.D., UM President Donna E. Shalala, Phil Corey, and Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D.
Alonzo took the time out to meet and greet walkathon participants alongside NBC6 Meteorologist John Gerard who served as the Master of Ceremonies and Mrs. Florida International. AvMed’s President and COO Ed Hannum and NKFF Board President Transplant Surgeon, Dr. Tom Peters were also on hand to welcome walkers and thank sponsors such as Walgreens who was recognized for their successful Kidney Awareness Campaign during the month of January. Congratulations to the following winners and to all who participated to help slow or stop the progression of kidney disease in South Florida through the programs and services of the National Kidney Foundation of Florida: Corporate Challenge Winner: Allmed Services Dialysis Challenge Winner: Fresenius - Team Nephrons Family and Friends Challenge Winner: Team Chin Chon - Gabriel Diaz
ALONZO HELPS KICK-OFF NATIONAL KIDNEY MONTH ON LOPEZ TONIGHT MARCH 9, 2010 | An estimated 23 million adults have physiological evidence of chronic kidney disease. Alonzo helped address the issue during National Kidney Month with fellow transplant survivor, George Lopez, by appearing on TBS’ hit show, Lopez Tonight, a late night television talk show. Not only did they share their personal stories of ongoing battles with an audience of more than 1.3 million people, but did so while also having a little late-night comedic fun. Alonzo and George share the life-changing event of undergoing a kidney transplant, an unfortunately not-so-unique surgery which 18,000 people also underwent in 2006. Alonzo also shared some of his lifestyle habits for staying healthy after a transplant, which included demonstrations of a couple yoga poses with George Lopez on-stage during the one-hour show. If you missed the segment complete with laughs, make sure to check it out on www.lopeztonight.com. PHOTO CAPTION #1 - Alonzo shows George a few of his favorite yoga moves
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HONEY SHINE HOSTS FIRST 2010 RECRUITMENT EVENT AT OCEAN PRIME IN AVENTURA MARCH 16, 2010 | The Honey Shine Mentoring Program began its 2010 member recruitment for new “Lady Bug” members this year at Ocean Prime in Aventura Mall. This exclusive event that included a cooking demonstration and a mixology session, was hosted courtesy of Ocean Prime. Executive Chef Jason Kelly of Ocean Prime in Aventura Mall led the cooking demonstration, for more than 50 women, by preparing his special Ahi Tuna TarTare with Avocado and Ginger Ponzu dish. The ladies were then awed by Ocean Prime’s very own mixologist Randy Brown who handcrafted Ocean Prime’s signature “Berries and Bubbles” cocktail that featured dry ice, creating a quite impressive presentation. Honey Shine Mentoring Program’s current “Lady Bug” members from Aventura and surrounding areas were encouraged to bring a prospective member guest with them to attend the recruitment event, providing a wonderful networking opportunity for all. As a result, 12 women pledged their support to join as new members of the Honey Shine Mentoring Program. As an incentive, those who pledged were entered into a raffle for a chance to win $100 gift certificate courtesy of Aventura Mall.
“The Honey Shine Mentoring Program has been a longstanding vision of mine, and it brings a smile to my face to see other women from our community come together for the benefit of our girls, all working towards the same vision,” says Tracy Wilson Mourning. “Essential to keeping the program successful is the support we receive from these strong and educated women who lend a helping hand to mentor these girls year-round.” PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Maria Bernal, Nancy Murillo and Karen Molina #2 - Michelle Surtain, Heather Bailey and Melba Shorty #3 - Gracious host Ocean Prime Aventura Mall #4 - Ocean Prime Mixologist Patrick Medina #5 - Mirta Fuentes, Caridad MacNamara, Diane Seubert and Ana Maria Capo #6 - Ocean Prime Executive Chef Jason Shelley, Tracy Wilson Mourning, Ocean Prime Mixologist and Ocean Prime Manager Randy Brown Photo Credit: Mitchell Zachs
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15 NEWS HONEY SHINE HOSTS VIP FASHION SHOW WITH HOUSE OF DEREON AT NEIMAN MARCUS MARCH 19, 2010 | The famous House of Dereon clothing line held an exclusive fashion show at Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour where all Honey Shine Lady Bugs and Prospective members were invited to attend the unveiling. The event was hosted by Tracy and Hess Rouhafza, Vice President/ General Manager of Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour. The 88 women in attendance were treated to a presentation of the Spring/Summer 2010 House of Dereon Collection, with special guest Tina Knowles, award-winning designer, fashion stylist, founder and co-creator of the House of Dereon. Others in attendance included NBC6 anchor and Honey Shine supporter, Jackie Nespral.
The VIP fashion show allowed guests a sneak-peek at 2010’s lineup of Spring/Summer looks from House of Dereon and enjoyed a delightful lunch catered by Zodiac Café at Neiman Marcus. Twenty women joined the Honey Shine Mentoring Program as 2010 Lady Bug’s, bringing the program even closer to their annual goal. At the event, Tracy Wilson Mourning had a chance to share her vision for the Honey Shine Mentoring Program with special guest, Tina Knowles, and explain to future Lady Bugs the important roles they too can play in the lives of young girls in our community. “Taking time to enjoy a fashion show with the mentors from the Honey Shine Mentoring Program is a special pleasure for us,” says Tracy Wilson Mourning. “We are grateful to Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour and House of Dereon for all of their support of Honey Shine. It’s amazing to see what we can accomplish when we work together.” We thank Hess Rouhafza and Tina Knowles for letting Honey Shine partake in this afternoon fashion affair to benefit our most precious Honey Bugs.
PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Jonie Sabo, PR Manager, Tracy, Tina Knowles, Kim Stewart, Department Manager, & Frances Esquenazi, Assistant Store Manager #2 - Tracy, Anita Valentino-Bobbi Brown Specialist, Jonie Sabo, PR Manager, & Frances Esquenazi, Assistant Store Manager #3 - Tracy, Tina Knowles and Jackie Nespral, NBC6 Anchor Photo Credit: Orlando Garcia
TRACY’S HONEY BUGS TAKE TO MIAMI BEACH FOR “BEE” GREEN DAY March 20, 2010 | Honey Shine set out for a day of service to help beautify the city we love, specifically five beach blocks of Miami Beach, for the second year of “Bee” Green Day. 73 Honey Bugs and 43 volunteers participated in the clean-up project in partnership with the Environmental Coalition of Miami Beach (ECOMB), Boucher Brothers, and Honey Shine member Alexa Lowe, starting at 13th Street and Ocean Drive. ECOMB Executive Director, Luiz Rodriguez, gave the Honey Bugs a brief tutorial prior to heading out that covered Anti-Litter, Recycling and Preservation of our Ecosystem. The girls were then teamed up in groups of five, each covering three to four beach blocks, to clean up the beach by removing large bags of trash. After cleaning, all were able to join in festivities including volleyball, egg toss contest and hula hoops in the sun to celebrate their hard work. They also enjoyed a special presentation by the Miami Beach Ocean Beach Patrol about how to read Beach Warning Flags and how to spot rip currents before getting in the water. “Bee Green Day is a special workshop we plan to teach our Honey Bugs the importance of keeping our environment clean and healthy,” says Tracy Wilson Mourning. “More importantly our girls need to understand that they can have an impact on the future of our world as many of the environmental issues that we are facing today will be even greater for them when they grow up and have children of their own.” The “Bee” Green Day workshop outing is an important component of the program that educates the ‘Honey Bugs’ on the importance of giving back to the community as well
as teaching them responsible environmental behaviors. We look forward to next year. Thanks to all the volunteers and partners that helped make this day a success. PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Honey Bugs take advantage of the beach accommodations and compete in a friendly game of volleyball #2 - Honey Bugs Khyaura Johnson, Tauheeda Huggins, and Sacory Butts #3 - Honey Shine Mentoring Program group shot at “BEE” Green Day #4 - Steven Boucher (white cap), of the Boucher Brothers, takes a moment to make sure all the Honey Bugs are settled on the beach #5 - ECOMB Executive Director, Luiz Rodriguez (kneeling in the center) gave the group a short tutorial on environmental preservation #6 - Honey Shine Member Michelle Auguste (white cap) and Joanie Graham (center) with a group of young Honey Bugs #7 - Miami Beach Ocean Patrol #8 - Honey Bug Jasmine White and Daisha Holton, Honey Shine Member and Workshop Sponsor Alexa Lowe, and Youth Volunteer Carmelisha Lebrun Photo Credit: Andrea Graham
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HONEY SHINE CELEBRATES AS THEY APPROACH THEIR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP GOALS AT DEERING BAY COUNTRY CLUB MARCH 23, 2010 | Honey Shine hosted another successful member recruitment and appreciation event at the Deering Bay Yacht and Country Club that included special acro yoga and jewelry redesigning demonstrations. The highly interactive and educational event was organized by Ada Armas, a Honey Shine Double Platinum Member, who sponsored the mid-day gathering in an effort to share the important work of Honey Shine with prospective members. Special guests at the event included Green Monkey, Miami’s first balanced living company, who demonstrated various techniques to help gain greater harmony by balancing body, mind and spirit through various acro yoga poses. Also, Jennifer Boin Getz, private jeweler, showed guests how they could give their older jewelry a “face lift” through redesigning older pieces, to bring them back to that former sparkle. The Honey Shine Mentoring Program gained 28 new members during the event which helped them reach their 2010 goal of new members. “Honey Shine is lucky to have such strong supporters across South Florida, these women are the building blocks of our program and we wouldn’t be able to help so many girls without them,” says Tracy Wilson Mourning. Once more, many thanks to Ada Armas and all participating members.
PHOTO CAPTIONS: #1 - Tracy Wilson Mourning and Ada Armas #2 - Kathy Kramer, Maria Lowe (center), and Mayda Cisneros #3 - Ada Armas, Kathleen Finely, Laura Deker, and Tracey Spiegelman #4 - Daniela Kohl-Zapata and Patricia Delinois #5 - Danielle Prichen and Paula Walker from Green Monkey #6 - Sarah Kuhn and Sonnia Viyella #7 - Yuri Rossi, Ada Armas, Mercedes Bach, and Carolina Armas #8 - Michelle Surtan and Heather Bailey #9 - Green Monkey demonstrates their “Acro Yoga” moves #10 - Tracy takes a moment to grab a bite #11 - Candy McDonald, and Paulette Vargas #12 - Yuri Rossi, Ada Armas, and Mercedes Bach #13 - Pari Patel, Tracy Wilson Mourning, Monisha Melwanie, and Manisha Patel Photo Credit: Jo Winstead
19 NEWS ALONZO VISITS SOUTH CAROLINA LEGISLATURE TO URGE EXPANDED INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR STATE’S KIDNEY PATIENTS AND DISABLED
MOURNING JOINS NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION SERVING THE CAROLINAS, S.C. REGION, DIALYSIS PATIENT CITIZENS AND AREA PATIENTS TO ASK FOR ACCESS TO “MEDIGAP” SECONDARY COVERAGE TO IMPROVE KIDNEY AND DISABLED PATIENTS’ HEALTH, SAFEGUARD THEIR FAMILIES, AND REDUCE THE BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS
MARCH 24, 2010 | Alonzo participated in numerous meetings at the State Capitol to ask lawmakers to pass key legislation this year that could help hundreds of South Carolina kidney failure patients and thousands of disabled residents who are struggling to access health insurance for the medical care they need. The legislation – S 1128 and H 4552 – would provide the opportunity for approximately 500 South Carolina end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and thousands of disabled patients under the age of 65 to purchase secondary insurance coverage, known as Medigap. Under current federal law, all Medicare beneficiaries over the age of 65 are already able to purchase this insurance, which provides them with access to needed medical treatments, including kidney transplant, without cost being a barrier – and without having to “spend down” their income to become eligible for state Medicaid assistance. Alonzo asked South Carolina lawmakers that this same coverage option be extended to kidney patients and the disabled under age 65. “From my own experience with kidney disease, I know how critical it is to have access to life-saving medical treatments, and the importance of adequate health insurance coverage,” said Mourning. “Fortunately, I was able to receive a kidney transplant, which has made all the difference in my life. The patients represented here today deserve the same level of access to care, and I am proud to do all I can to help them attain this needed access by supporting this important legislation.” Under current Medicare law, two populations qualify for coverage: individuals over the age of 65, and those under 65 who meet certain conditions, including the diagnosis of ESRD and being deemed disabled. While Medicare covers most medical costs, it requires patients to pay deductibles and co-pays, which most patients pay for through the assistance of secondary insurance.
access improvements at the national level – and now in South Carolina – is vital to kidney patients and their families. ” At an afternoon briefing, Mourning was joined by National Kidney Foundation Serving the Carolinas, South Carolina Region President Beth Irick, kidney care advocates and patients who would be positively impacted by Medigap coverage. Participants urged lawmakers to pass this legislation, enabling South Carolina to join the 29 other states that have already done so. They also referenced analyses of the 29 states that have passed similar legislation, noting that expanding access to Medigap insurance has not impacted insurance premiums in the 29 states and will not do so in South Carolina either. However, approximately hundreds of kidney failure patients and thousands of disabled people in South Carolina under age 65 have no secondary insurance coverage, and are unable to afford their out-of-pocket medical expenses. Without access to secondary coverage, patients often experience delays and roadblocks in care for critical medical services because of financial challenges in making upfront payments that are required, and are forced to turn to the Medicaid program for support. To qualify for Medicaid, some patients have to impoverish themselves and their families to qualify. This, in turn, leads to significant health risks for patients and higher costs for South Carolina’s taxpayers. “Many people recognize Mr. Mourning as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but many others – like me – know him as a tireless fighter and hero to millions of kidney patients, caregivers and their families,” said Chad Lennox, Executive Director of Dialysis Patient Citizens, a national, patient-led, non-profit organization which represents approximately 450 members in South Carolina. “The kidney community is honored to have the support of Mr. Mourning once again to fight for kidney patients and improve their access to care. His work over the years to support education, awareness, and
“Speaking on behalf of South Carolina’s kidney patients, we strongly encourage our legislators to support Medigap legislation, and by doing so, provide patients with access to the care they desperately need,” said Irick. “This secondary coverage support is critical for many patients, and without it many are forced to make the difficult choice between paying their medical bills or covering their basic living expenses. No patient should have to make that choice, especially when we have a practical solution at hand.” Advocates at the briefing also expressed that expanded access to Medigap secondary insurance not only makes good sense from a healthcare perspective, it also makes good financial sense for the state of South Carolina. If enacted, recent estimates indicate that this legislation could result in $4.6 million in savings to the state’s Medicaid program over five years. In addition to the briefing, Mourning joined area kidney disease patients for a “meet-and-greet” and participated in informal meetings with members of the State House and Senate throughout the day, in which he provided his perspective on the growing impact of chronic kidney disease in South Carolina and the importance of kidney disease education, awareness and access to care.
NEWS 20 DELL GAMING LAB FOR STUDENTS SCORES HIGH POINTS January 22, 2010 | The Overtown Youth Center was recently blessed with a generous gift from Dell Gaming when the center received a gaming lab from Dell’s gaming brand, Alienware. Students who benefited demonstrated the following scholastic achievements: - Maintained a 2.5 GPA or higher - Stayed focused and on the right track with their Individual Success Plan (ISP) - Demonstrated positive behavior - Contributed 90% or above in attendance and participation “On behalf of myself and everyone at the Overtown Youth Center, we thank Dell for this donation,” said Alonzo Mourning, founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Overtown Youth Center. “The gaming lab is a great benefit to our young people as a great motivational and educational tool that is equally entertaining.” The Dell gaming lab consists of six high performance 17” notebooks valued at $16,000. In addition to the gift being a reward for students who meet the above requirements, it will also serve as an incentive for other students to work hard.
21 NEWS COCA-COLA ENTERPRISES, INC. EXECUTIVES PARTNER WITH THE OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER AND SHOW COMMUNITY SUPPORT 1
MARCH 1, 2010 | As Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. (CCE) hosted its 2010 leadership meeting, the company’s top 200 global executives took a break from business to give back to the local community. CCE’s leaders participated in a variety of cleanup and beautification projects in the City of Miami’s Overtown area. Employees and volunteers painted murals, built furniture and refurbished play and gathering rooms at the Overtown Youth Center (OYC). Additionally, they enhanced the center’s landscaping and participated in a special Healthy Living Fair, organized especially for the children and staff at the OYC. At the same time, other members of the CCE leadership team worked with Miami-based Roots in the City, Inc., to transform an empty corner lot into a new community garden. With help from this local non-profit organization, CCE provided the Overtown area with a lush garden to be enjoyed by all local residents. Coca-Cola Enterprises devoted approximately 1,000 man-hours at the Overtown Youth Center and Roots in the City, Inc. Overall, CCE donated more than $60,000 of goods and supplies in support of the above efforts, and for additional projects that benefit both programs. “At Coca-Cola Enterprises, an important aspect of CRS is building strong, vibrant communities,” said John Brock, president and CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises. “By doing our part to enhance the beauty of a local community where we do business, or help groups like the Overtown Youth Center continue their positive impact on Miami’s youth, we have the opportunity to further serve the local communities who are so supportive of our company.” “On behalf of the Overtown Youth Center, we are honored and grateful for the support of Coca-Cola Enterprises,” said Carla Penn, Executive Director. “Their employees’ hard work on our behalf this week, and their ongoing support of our center will make a lasting impression on our children and our community.” Once more, we thank Coca-Cola Enterprises for selecting our Center and our community. We appreciate the hard work and efforts demonstrated by all. PHOTO CAPTION: #1- (Left) Norman Ross, Public Affairs & Communications, Coca-Cola Enterprises, Alonzo, Carla Penn, Overtown Youth Center Executive Director, and John Brock, President & CEO, Coca-Cola Enterprises
CASUAL FOR A CAUSE MARCH 29, 2010 | Zo’s Fund for Life benefited from Premier Beverage’s recent “Jeans Day” at work where associates made a donation to the program in order to wear jeans to the office. Premier was inspired to spearhead the fundraiser after their Director of Marketing for the State of Florida, Edward Marsch, donated his kidney to his daughter after she was diagnosed with the same kidney disease that sidelined Alonzo, Focal Segmental Glomerularsclerosis. We are grateful to Premier Beverage and its employees for supporting our mission. Moreover, we wish the Marsch Family continued health.
NEWS 22 ZO’S FUND FOR LIFE EXPANDS PROGRAMMING TO FOCUS ON ITS YOUNGEST BENEFICIARIES March 20, 2010 | During the 2001 NBA All-Star Weekend, Mourning launched “Zo’s Fund for Life”, a campaign seeking to raise a minimum of $2 million in funds for research, education, and testing to fight Focal Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a degenerative kidney ailment that Mourning was diagnosed with at the start of the of 2000/2001 season. Over the last couple of years, Zo’s Fund for Life’s mission has shifted to also focus on empowering individuals and their families who are affected by kidney disease and organ transplantation by providing hope through research, advocacy, and education. Now in 2010, with your help and contributions, Zo’s Fund for Life can further expand to cater to its youngest members affected by kidney disease. We invite you to learn more about our new encouraging initiatives such as the Kidney Beans, Camp Boggy Creek and Educational Programming for Pediatric Dialysis Units. To support one or more of these initiatives, please complete and mail back the enclosed pledge envelope or visit us at www.AMCHARITIES.org KIDNEY BEANS I The Zo’s Fund for Life Kidney Beans, as
we affectionately refer to the brave kids in our program, are the voices of tomorrow for kidney disease and organ transplantation awareness. They are courageous youth who battle kidney disease and transplantation day in and day out and manage to overcome the constant obstacles. Inspired by Alonzo, The Kidney Beans also serve as mentors to other youth who are struggling to cope with their newfound diagnosis and need to speak to someone who has walked the same path and can benefit from a friend along the way. CAMP BOGGY CREEK I Zo’s Fund for Life has been working with Camp Boggy Creek, in Eustis, Florida, to give kids with kidney and other chronic or life threatening illnesses the experience of a weeklong summer camp. Camp Boggy Creek is a “traditional” summer camp filled with swimming, boating, fishing, arts & crafts, horseback riding, theater, dancing and so much more. Between early morning swims and evening campfires, children, whose lives have been a series of medical procedures and hospital stays, transform into just “kids”. At camp, children are able to continue with their daily dialysis
CAMP HONEY SHINE I JUNE 14 - JULY 9 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 Director, for more information at 305.476.0095 x106 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
and medical treatments administered by a full-time staff of medical professionals who are entrusted onsite. In South Florida, there is typically an average of 35 pediatric dialysis patients at any given time. Zo’s Fund for Life looks forward to a continued partnership with Camp Boggy Creek to help each child create lasting summer memories. EDUCATION FOR PEDIATRIC DIALYSIS UNIT PATIENTS I For many young pediatric dialysis patients, most hours of the day are spent hooked up to a dialysis machine in order to live. This lifestyle more often than not lowers moral, limiting their view of the future. Given that education is at the core of all Alonzo Mourning Charities’ programs, Zo’s Fund for Life has focused its attention to establishing programming that helps pediatric dialysis patients begin to focus on academics and start setting goals for the future. Alonzo has always believed that “if you keep the mind strong, the body will follow” and we have faith that if we can change the mindset of patients – there is nothing that can stop them from fulfilling their purpose.
2901 Florida Avenue, Suite 806 Coconut Grove, Florida 33133 Phone: (305) 476-0095 Fax: (305) 476-0096 www.amcharities.org 2010 UPCOMING EVENTS April 18-24
National Volunteer Week
“Hat’s Off” Luncheon
National Foster Care Month
June 14 - July 9 Camp Honey Shine July 14-18
Seminole Hard Rock Presents
The Summer Groove Hosted By Zo
& D. Wade
Kidney & Transplant Week at Camp
Zo’s Million Dollar Shoot-out
Make a Difference Day
International Volunteer Day
Zo’s Holiday Party
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IN THE KNOW WITH ZO is a publication of Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) that is designed to be an informative piece for sponsors, p...
Published on May 18, 2010
IN THE KNOW WITH ZO is a publication of Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) that is designed to be an informative piece for sponsors, p...