Orlando Magic Hosts Seats for Soldiers Nights Presented by Harris Corporation
The Orlando Magic and Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, have teamed up to honor military men, women and their families with Seats for Soldiers Night on Friday, November 23, 2007 when the Magic take on the Charlotte Bobcats. More than 3,000 tickets will be given to men and women in the military from Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the Naval Air Force Station in Jacksonville and Orlando area military personnel for this Friday’s contest, and a second Seats for Soldiers night will be held on March 21, 2008 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Seats for Soldiers Nights will include taped messages to soldiers throughout the game, a kids’ tunnel on the court, a pre-game presentation and other activities for military personnel and their families, and fans are encouraged to give up their seats that evening for soldiers as well.
“We are very proud to partner with Harris Corporation to honor the heroes who are fighting for our freedom,” said Kari Conley, director of community relations and the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. “By asking fans to offer their tickets for the night, we can all feel like we contributed to giving the families of these heroes a night to enjoy time together.”
“Harris is proud to team with the Orlando Magic to honor our very deserving military men and women,” said Howard L. Lance, chairman, president and CEO of Harris Corporation. “Our charitable programs are designed to strengthen quality of life in our communities. They are an important measure of our success, and an integral part of our programs for sustained growth.”
Orlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic annually gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programming impacts an estimated 75,000 kids annually. Over the last 18 years, more than $13 million has been raised and distributed to local non-profit community organizations via The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. OMYF, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, focuses on helping every child in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at risk, by supporting programs and partnerships that empower families and change lives.
Ticket highlights for 2007-08 include: a franchise-most 8,417 seats priced $25 or under per game, a $25 lower bowl ticket, and for the 10th straight year, tickets priced at $10 per game. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC. Through NBA CARES, the league, players and teams will raise and contribute $100 million for charity, donate more than 1 million hours of hands-on volunteer service to communities worldwide, and build more than 100 places where kids can learn and play over the next five years.
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