Those Who Benefit from You Being There
Michael Jordan's athletic achievements can be matched only by his commitment to charitable causes, particularly those that help children and families. Since it began in 2001, the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) golf tournament has contributed almost $7 million to a number of worthy charitable organizations. The 2013 event beneficiaries included Make-A-Wish®, the James R. Jordan Foundation, Cats Care and Opportunity Village.
About the James R. Jordan Foundation
In honor of her late husband, the James R. Jordan Foundation (JRJF) was established in 2000 by Mrs. Deloris Jordan. JRFJ is dedicated to strengthening families, motivating youth and ensuring high quality academic opportunities for children in underserved communities.
For more information, please visit www.jamesjordanfoundation.com.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes. It has granted more than 240,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,000 in 2013 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.
About Cats Care
Cats Care is the Charlotte Bobcats' commitment to bringing positive and lasting change to our community through dynamic programming and dedication to social responsibility in the areas of education, fitness, and youth and family development. Players, staff and fans of the team donate thousands of dollars and volunteer hours to work with schools, local agencies and hospitals to make the Carolinas a better place in which to live, work and play. The Bobcats are proud to be a beneficiary of the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, and join other worthwhile organizations supported by this event and the generosity of its participants. For more information, please visit Cats Care.
About Keep Memory Alive
Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, ALS and memory disorders of all kinds, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas. For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit www.keepmemoryalive.org.
About Opportunity Village
Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
Opportunity Village was founded in 1954 by seven families who were determined to give their disabled children the best lives possible. 58 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected Community Rehabilitation Programs in the United States.
Nevada’s largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves nearly 3,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more productive and interesting.
Opportunity Village citizens – individuals who were previously considered unemployable – work at Opportunity Village’s Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $7.6 million in 2012. They are hard-working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives.
Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers $33.7 million annually.
For more information, please visit www.opportunityvillage.org.