A Magical Night for Black Tie and Tennies

Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick with the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Awards


The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation’s Black Tie and Tennies charity gala at the Amway Center raised $505,000 for the foundation’s efforts to provide educational, arts and health programs for local youngsters. More than 700 guests attended the March 24 event, which featured gourmet food, auctions and interaction with Magic players, coaches and executives. 

Dwight Howard and J.J. Redick received the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for their efforts off the court in the Central Florida community. Each received $50,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. The McCormick Foundation matched 50 percent of the amount the event raised.

Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson, Larry Tobin (CEO of Fairwinds Credit Union, presenting sponsor of the gala), Dwight Howard, Laurie Tobin, Hedo Turkoglu, Jason Richardson (FERNANDO MEDINA) Pamella DeVos, chair of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation; Rich Devos, Magic senior chairman; Dan DeVos, Magic chairman (FERNANDO MEDINA)
Linda Ladman-Gonzalez, the Magic’s vice president of community and government affairs; Mayor Buddy Dyer; the Rev. Jesse Jackson; Alex Martins, CEO of the Magic (GARY BASSING)
Brooke Zapata of the D12 Foundation, Bruce Gould, Stephanie Albertson, Judy Albertson (TONY FIRRIOLO)
Imani Nelson, Jackie Richardson, Miya Manuel, Andrea Duhon, Megan Bowen, Chelsea Redick (TONY FIRRIOLO) Hedo Turkoglu dishes out autographs. (TONY FIRRIOLO)


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