Twenty-Ninth Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner
Monday, September 29, 2014
New York City, New York
Sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic heroes and corporate leaders again came out in force in support of Nick and Marc Buoniconti for the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner. This celebration, held each year at the New York City’s famed Waldorf=Astoria, benefits The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research being done by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Our 2014 Legends are: Hakeem Olajuwon, Warren Sapp, Pedro Martinez, Joe Sakic, Bill Cowher, Mary Lou Retton and Lauryn Williams. Bill Simon received the Oustanding Business Leader Award. Grant Hill and Calvin Hill received the 2014 Buoniconti Fund Award. Erik Compton is the 2014 Inspiration Award Recipient.
Twelfth Annual Celebrity Golf Invitational at The Bear's Club with Jack Nicklaus
Golf icon Jack Nicklaus along with NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc hosted the 12th Annual Buoniconti Fund Celebrity Golf Invitational Presented by Tudor Group at Nicklaus' home club and course, The Bear’s Club in Jupiter, Florida.
For 12 years, this event has attracted the world’s top business leaders and celebrities, all working together to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
To date millions have been raised by this event to fund research programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
Destination Fashion 2012 presented by Micky and Madeleine Arison Raises $31M
$25 million gift from philanthropist Christine E. Lynn stunned the crowd as stars Enrique Iglesias, Tom Brokaw, Tommy Lee Jones, Wayne Newton, Gossip Girls' Matthew Settle and others joined forces to "stand up" to paralysis
NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc hosted an inspirational evening with more than 2,000 guests to celebrate Destination Fashion 2012. Held at Miami’s famed Bal Harbour Shops, Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour presented Emilio Pucci’s Spring 2013 Fashion Show Designed by Peter Dundas, which was followed by an interactive destination party experience and private concert by Enrique Iglesias. Tom Brokaw hosted the evening, which was chaired by Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones and International Polo Sensation Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras and raised $31 million for The Miami Project.
THE 29th ANNUAL GREAT SPORTS LEGENDS DINNER A HUGE SUCCESS!
Hakeem Olajuwon, Warren Sapp, Pedro Martinez, Bill Cowher,
Tom Brokaw, Grant Hill and more joined forces to "Stand up for those who can't"
Celebrities, sports legends, corporate leaders and more joined NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and Event Chair Mark Dalton as they hosted a sold out crowd in celebration of the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner presented by Carnival Corporation & PLC and the Carnival Foundation. Held at New York’s famed Waldorf Astoria on September 29, the dinner paid tribute to philanthropic heroes and sports icons that inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries, and raised important funds for research and the Human Clinical Trials Initiative. Tom Brokaw of NBC News served as Master of Ceremonies of the dinner not only to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, but to honor this year’s Great Sports Legends: Hakeem Olajuwon, Warren Sapp, Pedro Martinez, Joe Sakic, Bill Cowher, Mary Lou Retton and Lauryn Williams. Music legend Smokey Robinson treated guests to a very special performance.
Professional Golfer Erik Compton, a two-time heart transplant patient who finished runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open Championships, was the 2014 Inspiration Award recipient. Seven-time NBA All-Star Grant Hill and retired NFL Pro-Bowl running back Calvin Hill each received the 2014 Buoniconti Fund Award. Bill Simon, former President and CEO of Walmart U.S., received The Buoniconti Fund’s Outstanding Business Leader Award.
“We are changing medical history with five FDA approved clinical trials, including a revolutionary Phase 1 clinical trial transplanting human Schwann Cells to treat patients with recent spinal cord injuries. The Miami Project has not let hard work stand in its way to find a cure. This ongoing, groundbreaking work could not have happened without the funds raised each year at the annual Great Sports Legends Dinner,” said Nick Buoniconti, Founder of The Buoniconti Fund. “The continued passionate support for The Buoniconti Fund and The Miami Project means a great deal to our mission to find a cure for paralysis.”
The annual event benefits The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and raises funds to support the cutting-edge spinal cord injury research done by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 300 sports legends and honorees and has raised more than $100 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs.
Additional notables in attendance included: Grammy winning Producer and Musician Emilio Estefan, seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan, actor Christian Slater (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Interview with the Vampire), five-time Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Nadia Comăneci, Olympian Gary Hall, Jr., Friday Night Lights’ Brad Leland, NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson, NHL Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, former NY Giants linebacker Brian Kelly, actor Colin Egglesfield (Something Borrowed, The Client List) and many, many more.
Sponsors for the evening are: Carnival Corporation & PLC and the Carnival Foundation, Tiffany & Co., HBO Sports, Barton G. and Diageo.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
8th Annual Tailgate Party
314 Congress Street
Charleston, South Carolina
Saturday, November 8, 2014
7th Annual Tampa Golf Classic
Westchase Golf Club
Thursday, November 20, 2014
USI Southeast's Evening to benefit The Miami Project
Palm Beach-Broward Chapter
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Friday, November 21, 2014
11th Annual Raise A Glass
For A Cure
Sunday, November 23, 2014
2014 Autumn Soiree