Posted on: December 11th, 2012

Orlando Magic Youth Foundation administrator has more than 13 years of experience in community relations, sponsorships and cause marketing programs







ORLANDO, Fla. – TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012 – The Zebra Foundation for Youth® Inc. has named Stephanie Allen, Orlando Magic Youth Foundation administrator, a member of its board of directors.

“Stephanie’s strong background in community relations, sponsorships and cause marketing programs is going to be a welcome addition to our board of directors,” said Scott Bowman, chairman of the Zebra Foundation for Youth® board and vice president of client relations at Sara Brady Public Relations Inc. “She has led a foundation through a startup phase to become a sustainable nonprofit and knows the importance of creating strategic partnerships to support revenue and awareness goals.”

The Zebra Foundation for Youth’s® mission is to foster hope, dignity and self-respect in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and provide them the opportunity to grow up in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. Donations to the Zebra Foundation directly support LGBTQ youth, primarily through programs and services provided by the Zebra Coalition®.

Allen oversees the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation’s fundraising and annual philanthropic grant process. Under her direction, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation annually gives more than $1 million grants to students and local nonprofit organizations throughout Central Florida through event sponsorships, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. This position brings Allen’s career full circle; she began her professional sports career during the 1999-2000 season as an intern with the Orlando Magic’s community relations department.

Before returning to the Orlando Magic, Allen served as executive director of the Hudson Family Foundation, a nonprofit children’s charity founded by Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson and his wife, Kim.

Allen also spent a combined seven seasons with the Atlanta Braves and Phoenix Suns as community affairs manager for each team and two years in the NBA/WNBA public relations department as the sports communications assistant for the NBA and WNBA League Office in New York.

Other members of the Zebra Foundation for Youth® board include:

  • Paul F. Bryan, principal, ZIO
  • Babette Hankey, chief operating officer, The Center for Drug-Free Living
  • Scot LaFerte, vice president, human resources and administration, Universal Orlando
  • Diana LaRue, president, Appleton Creative
  • Richard Russell, vice president of philanthropy, Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
  • Bryan W. Stevens, pilot, GoJet Airlines
  • Jefferson R. Voss, senior director, Tavistock Group, and co-founder, Zebra Foundation for Youth
  • Bryce L. West, executive director, Bryce L. West Foundation

The Zebra Coalition® was established in response to the growing number of LGBTQ youth who are experiencing homelessness, bullying, extreme physical and sexual abuse, isolation from their families and a wide range of life challenges. It is a network of 19 Central Florida social service providers, government agencies, schools, and colleges and universities that provides a full continuum of services to at-risk LGBTQ youth.

Zebra Coalition® members include: The Center for Drug Free Living, Christ Church Unity, City of Orlando Housing and Community Development, City of Orlando Police Department, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, Equality Florida, The GLBT Community Center, GLSEN, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida Inc., Human Services Associates Inc., Joy Metropolitan Community Church, Metropolitan Business Association, Orange County Public Schools, Orlando Youth Alliance, PFLAG Orlando, PFLAG Brevard County, Rollins College, Stetson University and University of Central Florida.

The Zebra Coalition® provides individualized recovery and counseling programs for young people facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and substance abuse; and isolation from their families. It operates a 24-hour youth crisis hotline (1.877.90 ZEBRA), provides short-term housing, and offers a safe haven and community resource through the Zebra Coalition House®, located at 911 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL. More information about the Zebra Coalition® is available at http://www.zebrayouth.org.