- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Former NBA star Earvin “Magic” Johnson recently orchestrated an impromptu auction at Cuyahoga Community College’s annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon that raised nearly $100,000.

Northeast Ohio Media Group reports (https://bit.ly/1MkdDUe ) it only took 10 minutes and a little motivation from the former Los Angeles Lakers player for attendees to pledge $95,000 in donations.

Johnson gave Lakers floor seats to two audience members who agreed to split a $50,000 donation, and he agreed to make three personal appearances for $15,000 each.

The five-time NBA champion spoke to the crowd of 1,000 for about an hour at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, detailing highlights of his 13 years in the NBA as well as growing up poor in Lansing, Michigan.

In sponsorships and ticket sales, the luncheon raised a total of $1.3 million.


Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, https://www.cleveland.com

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