The inaurgural Billy Thompson All-Star Gala will be hosted by the Billy Thompson Foundation at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens on Nov. 10, 2023. The event will feature celebrity appearances, an awards presentation for industry leaders, dinner, entertainment, dancing, and live and silent auctions. Additionally, former championship teammate Magic Johnson has been selected as Honorary Chair of the event.
The primary aim of the All-Star Gala is to gather significant funds for the three crucial initiatives by the Billy Thompson Foundation. These initiatives include Youth Mental Health Support, Champions Read Literacy Initiative and the proposed Billy Thompson Foundation Champion Center. The foundation believes that these initiatives will provide a platform for children and teenagers to thrive, become responsible leaders, and achieve their goals.
“There couldn’t be a more important time to invest in today’s youth,” Thompson says. “The impact of Covid on mental health and learning are well-documented locally and nationally and it will take programs like ours to help give them the boost they need to get back on track.”
With six championship titles and being one of four players in the Guinness Book of World Records to win college and NBA championships back-to-back, Thompson has a deep understanding of what it takes to win. He owes much of his success not only to his talent but also to the guidance of his coaches and mentors. In order to pass on the lessons he learned, the Billy Thompson Foundation was established. This South Florida-based nonprofit was founded by Billy and his wife, Cynthia, with a mission to provide opportunities for young people to succeed and grow into responsible leaders for the future. The foundation aims to instill the same championship spirit in today’s youth that has helped Billy achieve his own success.
Many of today’s youth face seemingly insurmountable mental health challenges. Unfortunately, too many of them struggle and are unable to receive the necessary support they need. Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability and poor life outcomes in youth. In recent years, certain mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation, have seen significant increases among young people. To address this issue, the Billy Thompson Foundation aims to empower young people and parents with practical knowledge, awareness programs, support and resources.
“We seek to foster transformational change in mind, body and spirit,” Cynthia Thompson says. “By empowering young people to believe in themselves and to have faith, our programming also uplifts families, which in turn will build stronger and healthier communities. All of this is achieved through shared knowledge, mutual respect and the collective efforts of an all-star team committed to a brighter future for our youth.”
For more information about the Billy Thompson All Star Gala and the Billy Thompson Foundation, visit BillyThompsonFoundation.org or call 561-945-9356.