Published: Dec 10, 2013 11:47 AM EST
Updated: Feb 12, 2014 7:14 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla.- NBA legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson will be in town tonight, to speak at a fundraiser for Quality Life Center organized by Pickup the Ball.

Magic Johnson will be speaking on “Changing Lives and Transforming Communities” from 7:30 – 8 p.m. at the S.T.A.R.S. Complex in Fort Myers. Prior to the main speaking event, Magic will also tour the Quality Life Center, and a VIP party will be held for ticket holders and sponsors who want to mix and mingle with Magic. All proceeds from the event benefit Quality Life Center.

From 6 to 6:30 p.m. Magic will tour the Quality Life Center, located at 3210 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Fort Myers to meet some of the children and families that participate in the programs at the Q. From 6 to 7:30 p.m., the VIP party will allow sponsors and VIP ticket holders to mix and mingle with Magic Johnson at the Robinson Center, located at 2990 Edison Ave. Magic will be signing autographs and taking photos with guests. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. This exclusive party is only open to the first 50 sponsors or ticket holders, and these spots are expected to fill up fast. This sponsorship opportunity starts at $3,500.

The main speaking event will take places from 7:30 to 8 p.m. at the S.T.A.R.S. Complex, located at 2980 Edison Ave. in Fort Myers. Magic Johnson will be speaking to business leaders and the Southwest Florida community about “Changing Lives and Transforming Communities.” Magic will address the crowd, engage in conversation, and inspire those who attend to be a part of the positive changes to take place within the community. This speaking event is free and seating is open.

Pickup the Ball is holding the event in support of Quality Life Center. This non-profit organization in Fort Myers seeks to strengthen pickup basketball in communities across the country. It promotes pickup basketball as an important social and cultural institution that benefits both those who play and the communities they live in.

All proceeds will benefit Quality Life Center and their life saving mission of helping children and families in the Dunbar community. By offering education, life enrichment activities, and positive role models to children, the organization aims to give them the tools to successfully face life’s challenges. In addition to education and mentoring programs for children, Quality Life Center also offers social services to families in need so that the entire community can move toward becoming a more safe, thriving, and positive environment for the families that live there.

“This event is more than just a way to raise awareness and funds for Quality Life Center. Mr. Johnson will motivate and empower Dunbar children and families to stop the cycle of poverty and inspire those outside the community to help,” says Ted Sottong, Chairman of the Board of the Quality Life Center and the President of Pickup the Ball, Inc.

The funds raised will help Quality Life Center reach out to more children in the area and continue to provide their valuable afterschool programs and social services. For tickets or sponsor information, visit www.pickuptheball.org.