Alonzo & Tracy Mourning to Celebrate It’s All Overtown “One Night…One World” at Rusty Pelican, Benefiting the Overtown Youth Center

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NBA Champion, Alonzo Mourning, and wife Tracy Wilson Mourning, will host It’s All Overtown, “One Night…One World,” a premier annual fundraiser benefiting the Overtown Youth Center (OYC), on Thursday, July 19, 2012, starting at 6:00 PM, at the Rusty Pelican, located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.

NBA Champion, Alonzo Mourning, and wife Tracy Wilson Mourning, will host It’s All Overtown, “One Night…One World,” a premier annual fundraiser benefiting the Overtown Youth Center (OYC), on Thursday, July 19, 2012, starting at 6:00 PM, at the Rusty Pelican, located at 3201 Rickenbacker Causeway, Key Biscayne, FL 33149.

Guests, alongside Mistress of Ceremonies, Belkys Nerey, WSVN-TV News Anchor, will be transported around the world with entertainment, food, and specialty cocktails, all embracing the evening’s theme of multicultural inclusion. The recently redesigned Rusty Pelican, an iconic restaurant offering spectacular waterfront views of downtown Miami, will present the event and serve as the ideal backdrop in which to raise much-needed funds to support the Center, founded by Mourning in 2003.

“The community’s support of this fundraising initiative, It’s All Overtown, is crucial for the on-going success of the Overtown Youth Center. We have gathered generous partners, such as the Rusty Pelican, to help create an atmosphere that is not only entertaining but showcases why the successes of the Center, its students, and the community, merit support.” said Mourning. For a population of more than 13,000 people, predominately minorities, the average family median income is approximately $15,000, indicating that the vast majority of children live below the poverty level and are confronted with a community overflowing with insurmountable socio economic challenges. Without consistent and positive intervention, many of these youth are destined to repeat an impoverished cycle faced by previous generations.

Rigorous research has demonstrated that after-school and summer programs can reduce violence and dropout rates while improving the likelihood of education after high school. Every $1.00 invested in after-school programs yields $9.00 in public benefit due to the reduction in crime and juvenile incarceration and due to increased tax revenue from more productive communities. Reducing the current number of dropouts by half would yield almost 700,000 new graduates a year.

The Overtown Youth Center serves as a beacon of hope for families and children residing in the area. OYC’s educational program consists of 24-hour case management, in-school, after-school, and summer components, in addition to providing academic support consistent with Florida State Sunshine standards and Miami Dade County Public School curriculums for each grade level. Overall the program uses a developmentally age-appropriate approach to social, emotional, and intellectual development. Dedicated to ushering in a new group of positive contributing citizens and future leaders, OYC focuses on inspiring, and empowering youth and families through enrichment services.

In addition to the many ways supporters can contribute to the long-term fiscal success of OYC, It’s All Overtown event-goers will have a winning chance at silent auction items that include unique experiences compliments of local eateries, hotels and spas, a variety of popular brand name fashion accessories, autographed sports memorabilia from popular athletes both current and legends, including the 2012 NBA Champions, the Miami Heat.

Tickets to It’s All Overtown “One Night…One World start at $125 and are currently available. For more information, visit http://www.overtownyouth.org or call (305) 349-1204.

ABOUT THE OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER

The mission of the Overtown Youth Center (OYC) is to inspire and empower youth and families by fostering hope through enrichment services. Co-founded by real-estate developer Martin Z. Marguiles and Alonzo Mourning, the Overtown Youth Center is an academic and recreational state-of-the-art facility located in the heart of Miami’s inner city. Since 2003, OYC has provided services to youth from in grades 2nd through 12th and has offered in-school, after-school, weekend, and summer programs that include academic support, arts and culture, health and wellness, prevention, and character-building activities, including parent enrichment activities. For more information, visit http://www.overtownyouth.org.

ABOUT THE RUSTY PELICAN

Key Biscayne’s iconic waterfront dining destination, the Rusty Pelican, reopened in December 2011 after an extensive $9 million renovation. Executive chef Michael Gilligan, formerly of the W Hotel on South Beach, has created a fresh modern American menu that mirrors the cool, clean look and vibe of the new Rusty Pelican. Diners can expect a large selection of tasty small plates, perfect for sharing and plenty of freshly caught seafood on Gilligan’s versatile menu. The restaurant boasts breathtaking waterfront views and a vibrant energy that draws diners in, making it a perfect hotspot for dinner, drinks and special events, from a casual cocktail party to a formal wedding for 500. Catering menu options are flexible so that guests may customize them to fit any event or budget. The newly reconfigured restaurant seats 214 in the main dining room, 100 in the bar/lounge area and another 100 on the patio. The second floor features a separate entry for guests, an outdoor terrace and a ballroom, accommodating 60 to 500. Topping it all off is a beautiful new bar and lounge, offering a variety of signature cocktails, microbrews, wines by the glass and bottle service. A wine cellar showcases 1,500 carefully selected bottles. The Rusty Pelican is located at 3021 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne. Telephone: (305) 361-3818. http://www.therustypelican.com.

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