Jon Dorenbos, long snapper on the 2000 Western Athletic Conference champion UTEP football team who later became a 14-year NFL veteran, motivational speaker and professional magician, will headline the 2022 edition of “Orange Fever Fiesta Presented by Madrid Law Firm.”
Returning to an in-person event for the first time in three years, “Orange Fever Fiesta” is the annual fundraiser for UTEP Athletics. All proceeds support UTEP student-athlete scholarships. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 6 p.m. at the Hotel Paso del Norte, downtown El Paso.
“We can’t be more excited about the return of ‘Orange Fever Fiesta’ to an in-person experience,” UTEP Director of Athletics Jim Senter said. “We are so grateful to Jon Dorenbos for being a part of this year’s event. It promises to be the best ‘OFF’ ever with Jon delivering a powerful and uplifting message, and thrilling the audience with his awe-inspiring magic. Plus, it’s all for a great cause – raising monies to fund UTEP student-athlete scholarships.”
Dorenbos began performing magic at the age of 12. It became a coping mechanism after he experienced tragedy at a young age. He started playing football as a freshman in high school, parlaying it into a scholarship at UTEP. He went on to become the Miners’ long snapper for three seasons (2000-02), including during the 8-4, Humanitarian Bowl campaign of 2000. Signed as an undrafted free agent, he played for four teams in the NFL (Buffalo, Tennessee, Philadelphia, New Orleans). He was two-time All-Pro for Philadelphia (2009, 2014) and received a Super Bowl LII championship ring.
Off the field, Dorenbos was a finalist on America’s Got Talent in 2016. He has made regular appearances on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. He is a world-class speaker on Fortune 500 stages, sharing his inspiring journey from tragedy to self discovery. Dorenbos currently has a best-selling book on Amazon, “Life is Magic,” with a movie in the works written by Academic Award winner John Gattis.
Dorenbos is currently on a sold-out national theatrical magic tour with MGM International Casinos and is delighted that he will be performing for his alma mater at UTEP.
“Orange Fever Fiesta” will also feature a silent and live auction with exclusive Miner memorabilia and fan experiences. To donate an auction item, please contact the Miner Athletic Club by phone (915-747-8759) or email ([email protected]).
Tickets are on sale now by visiting www.UTEPMiners.com/OFF. Two ticket prices are available — $150 (includes cash bar) and $200 (includes open bar). Dinner is provided at each pricing level.