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Sixth Annual Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner Presented by Publix Set for March 9 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Biggest Names in Sports and Community Leadership Unite to Raise Funds for Lauren Kid's Foundation and Dade Schools Athletic Foundation; Inaugural Jim Mandich Courage and Commitment Award to be Presented to Nick Buoniconti and Marc Buoniconti
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – The sixth annual Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner Presented by Publix will take place March 9 at 7 p.m. at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The dinner is the highlight of a two-day fund raising event including a golf tournament that will benefit two local charities – Lauren's Kids Foundation and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation. The special event, created by Sun Sports HEAT TV broadcasters and two of South Florida's leading sports media personalities, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino, attracts some of the region's biggest names in sports and entertainment and honors achievements by South Florida community heroes.
"Each year we support these two remarkable charity organizations and their efforts to better youth in our region," said Reid. "This year is particularly special because we are proud to introduce the first-ever Jim Mandich Courage and Commitment Award honorees for 2012. We'd like to thank the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and our incredible roster of sponsors and patrons for their continued dedication to uniting our community for this great cause."
Legendary sports anchor and broadcaster Tony Segreto will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the dinner. An illustrious list of sports personalities, business leaders and notable philanthropists are expected to attend the fete that includes a silent auction as well as a live auction featuring sports memorabilia, luxury vacation packages and one-of-a-kind experiences, among other items. This year's online auction will go live starting on February 20th through the website www.reidandfiorentinoevents.com.
The evening will also feature a number of prestigious awards for excellence and leadership in the community. This 2012 Call of the Game Dinner Presented by Publix will introduce the inaugural Jim Mandich Courage and Commitment Award in honor of the legendary broadcaster. This year's recipients are Nick Buoniconti and Marc Buoniconti for their outstanding work with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, The Miami Project's fundraising arm. In addition, former Miami Dolphins Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL/College Football Analyst for almost three decades, Bob Griese, will be presented with the Don Shula Sports Legend Award. This award honors an outstanding sports legend that has demonstrated a passion for their sport and brings that same passion off the playing field to their community. Past award-winners include Dr. Jack Ramsay and Alonzo Mourning. Broadcaster, Joe Rose, will receive the Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award for being an outstanding sport broadcaster that has had a great impact in their field, while making notable accomplishments within the community. Past award-winners include Tony Segreto, Hank Goldberg and the late-great Jim Mandich. Bill Fauerbach and Publix will be presented with the Community Service Award that honors exceptional individuals or organizations that have shown a great love and passion for improving our South Florida community. Past award winners include Dwyane Wade, Tracy Wilson Mourning and Dr. Barth Green with daughter Jenna Green.
Preceding the dinner, the sixth annual Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by SHARP will take place on Thursday, March 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the prestigious Turnberry Isle Miami. More than 50 foursomes will converge on the championship courses for a competitive day of golf and prizes. In addition to lunch and on-course refreshments, players will be invited to participate in the "Hole-In-One Challenge," sponsored by AutoNation, for a chance to win a car.
"This year's Call of the Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic is a wonderful way to end our winter fundraising season," said Lauren Book, founder of Lauren's Kids Foundation. "Ultimately, our goal is to secure donations or families who are coping with the aftermath of sexual abuse and child exploitation. Eric and Tony have been phenomenal in raising awareness for our cause and we would like to express our gratitude to everyone involved with helping to make the event a success."
The sixth annual Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game two-day special event is additionally sponsored by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Tickets for the Call of the Game Dinner Presented by Publix start at $250 and tables start at $2,500. An MVP Golf and Dinner Package, which includes one golf foursome and one Silver dinner table, can be purchased for $5,000. The Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by SHARP foursomes can be purchased for $3,000. The cost for an individual golfer is $800. Additional celebrity tables and sponsor options are available. Reservations for both events can be made online by completing the ticket request form at www.reidandfiorentinoevents.com or by contacting Lisa Furst at 305-529-9506 or Lisa@agency21consulting.com.
For further information and updates on the 2012 Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic, please visit www.reidandfiorentinoevents.com.
About Lauren's Kids Foundation
Lauren's Kids is the creation of child abuse victim, survivor and advocate Lauren Book. The mission of Lauren's Kids is to prevent sexual abuse of minors through educating children and adults about sexual predators and offenders, supporting survivors and their families in post-disclosure recovery and promoting awareness of sexual abuse laws. Through Lauren's Kids, Book has been able to change laws to provide greater protection for children, begin a national public awareness campaign through local, regional and national media, and most recently started training educators and school administrators to teach children about the dangers of child predators. Together with a licensed clinical psychiatrist, Lauren has created a curriculum that now offers a child-safety program throughout Florida. The educational programming is active at the Homeless Assistance Center where it will touch the lives of 5,000 children and their families. Most recently Lauren's Kids has been approved for a pilot program that will be taught through Miami-Dade Public Schools. Newsweek featured Lauren's work in their August 3, 2009 issue. For more information on Lauren's Kids please visit www.laurenskids.
About Dade Schools Athletic Foundation (DSAF)
The Dade Schools Athletic Foundation is a 501(c)(3) created in 1994 through the Miami-Dade County School Board to allow the private sector to support and augment the athletic programs in the Miami-Dade County Public School system. Miami-Dade schools operate their athletic programs with very few actual tax dollars; the majority of funds being raised by the principals, athletic directors and coaches. Every school has been forced to eliminate programs and severely restrict the number of students who can participate in athletics at every level. Funds raised by the Foundation are passed on directly to Miami-Dade County public high schools as well as middle school athletic programs to provide grants for the purchase of equipment, uniforms, and training aids. In addition, the DSAF annually provides scholarships for outstanding student-athletes.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
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