*What a night of glitz and glamour at the 5th Annual “Zo and Magic’s 8-Ball Challenge” hosted by NBA Legends Alonzo Mourning and Earvin “Magic” Johnson held at Centennial Hall in Dallas, Texas. The 8-Ball Challenge was a round-robin style pool competition with thirty-two (32) two-person teams.
There was snow everywhere. Yes, snow in Dallas! Even with the snow, the celebrities invaded Dallas and were ready to party with a purpose at the premier celebrity fundraiser of the All-Star Weekend.
It was great to see celebs like Mourning, Tom Joyner, and Johnson giving back to the community. All of the proceeds raised will benefit programs supported by Alonzo Mourning Charities, The Magic Johnson Foundation, and the Tom Joyner Foundation.
The food was splendid and sponsoring partner Ciroc did a fabulous job of keeping the beverages flowing. Hosting Sponsor Ford’s presentation announced the winner of their “Taurus Top Ten” competition, with Johnny Deas of Lewisville, Texas winning the $10,000 grand prize as Founder of the Great iDeas Edutainment Foundation.
Others on hand to participate in the pool competition and support the festivities benefiting Alonzo Mourning Charities, The Magic Johnson Foundation and The Tom Joyner Foundation this year included: Tracy Mourning, Cookie Johnson, Donna Richardson-Joyner, Sheryl Underwood, Kenny Lofton (former MLB All-Star), Master of Ceremonies Dwyane Wade, Emmitt Smith and Pat Smith, Vivica A. Fox, Mark Cuban, Allan Houston, Dikembe Mutombo, Ndamukong Suh (top NFL prospect), Martellus Bennett (Cowboys), Cody Glenn (Colts), Chamillionaire, Stephen A. Smith, Paul Pierce, Stephen Curry, Dennis Scott, Cedric Ceballos, Terrell Owens and more…
In a late night full of intense matchups, the returning champ’s team of Alonzo Mourning Charities (Alonzo Mourning and artist Alonzo Adams) made it to the finals again. Competing against the team from Diamond Billiard Products in the finals, Diamond Billiard Products edged out Alonzo Mourning Charities to take home the Grand Prize.
Overall, a great event and good time was had by all in attendance. If you get a chance please go take a look at Alonzo Mourning Charities (www.amcharities.org/about-alonzo-mourning/), Magic Johnson Foundation (www.magicjohnson.com/index.php?/foundation/) and the Tom Joyner Foundation (www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/2945) to see what they are doing in the community.