No matter what color you were Thursday night, hundreds of people came together to honor the Orlando Magic and the work their organization has done not only for the community but also for the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. My husband and I attended this exciting event, which started at NBA City at Universal CityWalk. There, former Magic greats Nick Andersen, Bo Outlaw, and Adonal Foyle greeted us as we walked in to enjoy sumptuous food like shrimp and grits or an assortment of yummy desserts. After a brief mingling, the reception officially started honoring several guests. One was a former recipient of help at the homeless shelter, who had been hooked on heroin. After utilizing the assortment of programs available at the Coalition, he is now a proud married father who is gainfully employed. Another honored guest was a woman who had been volunteering at the shelter since its opening in 1987. I was greatly inspired by her dedication.
After the reception, guests filed to the nearby Sharp Aquos Theatre where we anxiously awaited the start of the Blue Man Group show. I have been to Cirque de Soleil and enjoyed this every bit as much. The group’s fast-paced, out-of-this-world entertainment is difficult to describe. The three blue guys present an almost alien aura, but connect with the audience in a very real way. Whether it is shining a spotlight on Commissioner Bill Segal, who graciously agreed to come in late for the laughs, or having a gazillion rolls of toilet paper unravel over your head, the Blue Man Group is worth the visit!
If you would like to continue supporting the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, donations are always welcome and very much appreciated.