Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) public fundraising foundation.

AM Charities' mission is to encourage the educational development of our youth by creating programs and youth enrichment centers that promote positive change in low socioeconomic communities.

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A LOOK BACK

Over the past 11 years, Alonzo Mourning Charities (AM Charities) has reached several milestones. Many of these highlights are a direct result of the support and interest of countless individuals and corporate groups who also wish to make a difference in our community.

With much success, AM Charities has been able to add to the number of annual events that fund new and existing initiatives that benefit our youth of promise. For more information on how you can help, please visit www.amcharities.org

1997

Modeled after Magic Johnson’s fundraising event “A Midsummer Night’s Magic”, Mourning hosted the 1st annual ZO’S SUMMER GROOVE (ZSG) raising more than $200,000 for local charities in South Florida. Now in its 11th year, ZSG has grown into a five-day, fun-filled community event that has become a staple in the South Florida community. ZSG, AM Charities’ largest fundraising event, appeals to a diverse audience by offering a variety of events that include: youth basketball clinics, golf tournament, concert, comedy show, gala, block party, all-star basketball game and numerous after-party functions. ZSG works to promote community involvement by encouraging event participants to enjoy a weekend that ultimately benefits South Florida’s youth of promise.

2000

Mourning takes the Groove on the road to Hampton Roads, Virginia. Currently known as ZO’S END OF SUMMER GROOVE, this annual event offers Mourning’s hometown supporters the opportunity to get involved. This three-day event includes a golf tournament, youth summit, and a family day in the park. Proceeds benefit local organizations in the Hampton Road areas.

In efforts to give Thanksgiving a special meaning for families in need, Mourning personally delivers complete meals door-to-door to unsuspecting families in South Florida. Now in 2007, with the support of sponsors, 33 THANKSGIVING has increased the number of meals delivered from 33 to 533.

2002

Founded by Tracy Wilson Mourning, the HONEY SHINE MENTORING PROGRAM, provides positive experiences that nurture the mind, body and soul of young women ages 8 to 18, in at-risk situations, by enlightening their paths and creating balance in their young lives. The program currently offers services to local South Florida teens.

2003

ALONZO MOURNING CHARITIES becomes incorporated as a public not-for-profit organization.

With the help of donors, Alonzo Mourning Charities opened the first center in the historic area of Overtown in South Florida. The OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER provides services to more than 225 kids. The center’s mission is to inspire and empower youth and families by fostering hope through enrichment services.

The annual HAT’S OFF LUNCHEON helps keep the Honey Shine Mentoring Program in operation year-round. Also, thanks to the success and popularity of this event, Camp Honey Shine was able to open its doors for a full three weeks in 2007.

ZO’S MILLION DOLLAR SHOOTOUT offers guest an exclusive golfing experience at the world renowned Trump National Golf Course. Alongside Shaquille O’Neal and Donald Trump, Mourning has been able to also make an impact on youth organizations in the New Jersey and New York area.

2005

Alonzo Mourning Charities joins forces with the Magic Johnson Foundation to host ZO & MAGIC’S 8-BALL CHALLENGE. Guests are invited to compete in the only true showdown-taking place during NBA All-Star Weekend. Proceeds benefit programs and services supported by both foundations.

2006

The KING PIN CLASSIC is another favorite event for Alonzo Mourning Charities supporters. Both Tracy and Alonzo Mourning score the perfect strike raising more than $100,000 annually, during King Pin Classic, for the Honey Shine Mentoring Program.

2007

Alonzo Mourning Charities unveils plan to build a second youth center in South Florida.