Magic Johnson Foundation and UnitedHealthcare Bring Holiday Hope to Michigan Families

  • Holiday Hope events provide nearly 5,000 families in Detroit,
    Flint and Lansing with food, coats, essential living items and toys

DETROIT–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Saturday, Nov. 19, and Sunday, Nov. 20, the Magic Johnson Foundation
and UnitedHealthcare will hold three Holiday Hope events to provide
Michigan families with food, holiday trimmings, coats, essential living
items and toys.

Nearly 5,000 families are expected to participate in the events in
Lansing, Flint and Detroit. Earvin “Magic” Johnson, community leaders
and UnitedHealthcare volunteers will attend the Lansing and Flint
events. Community leaders, UnitedHealthcare volunteers and other partner
volunteers will attend the Detroit event.

This is the third year of Holiday Hope events for Magic Johnson
Foundation and the second year of a three-year partnership with
UnitedHealthcare. An additional $30,000 grant by UnitedHealthcare helped
the foundation expand its efforts this year to include Flint.

“Since 2014, Holiday Hope has served more than 24,000 Michigan residents
with nearly $2 million worth of food, turkeys, toys, coats and personal
care items,” said Johnson, founder of Magic Johnson Foundation and
Michigan native. “UnitedHealthcare and other community partners have
joined us in bringing hope and cheer to Michigan communities. I couldn’t
enjoy the holidays without providing some help to families in the state
where I grew up.”

“Since its inception, the Magic Johnson Foundation has worked to improve
the quality of life in our communities,” said Dennis Mouras, CEO of
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Michigan. “UnitedHealthcare is
grateful for the opportunity to support the Magic Johnson Foundation and
bring holiday cheer to people throughout Michigan.”

Last year, nearly 3,000 Detroit and Lansing families were provided with
holiday assistance through the Magic Johnson Foundation and
UnitedHealthcare partnership. In total, UnitedHealthcare has donated
over $400,000 to support Holiday Hope – the largest multiyear grant to
the Magic Johnson Foundation by a corporation in Michigan.

About the Magic Johnson Foundation
Magic Johnson Foundation, founded by basketball legend Earvin “Magic”
Johnson is a 501(c) (3) organization that was established in 1991 as a
grantmaker and to raise funds for community-based organizations focused
on HIV/AIDS education and prevention. The organization has since
expanded its mission and now develops programs that address the
educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse urban
communities. MJF has donated over $14 million to underserved communities
since inception. For more information about the Magic Johnson
Foundation, please visit

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providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit
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and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and
contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
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Tony Marusic, 312-348-3825