Dinner to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis
Tom Brokaw From NBC News to Serve as Master of Ceremonies
NEW YORK (July 30, 2014) – The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis will present the 29th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Monday, September 29, 2014. The annual event, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, and chaired by Mark Dalton, raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research done by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis – the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center which is based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies of the dinner, which honors philanthropic heroes and sports legends that inspire and motivate those affected by spinal cord injuries.
The celebration assembles sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic icons and corporate leaders to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund Board of Directors and numerous longtime benefactors. The 2014 Great Sports Legends include:
Honorees for the evening include:
“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. We are driven to find a cure for paralysis and now, science has proven that we are a heartbeat away from our goal,” said Nick Buoniconti, Founder of The Buoniconti Fund. “We are extremely honored that so many legendary athletes and influential figures will join us at the Great Sports Legend Dinner, helping us raise awareness and funds to stand up for those who cannot.”
Our “Legend Alumni” and Honorees include: Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Andre Agassi, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Mia Hamm, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Dara Torres, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Walter Cronkite, Gabrielle Reece, Pat Riley, Kelly Slater, Joe Torre and many other athletes and heroes who recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.
The event is expected to sell out and raise millions of dollars for the spinal cord injury research programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The evening will begin with cocktails and a Buy It Now Store where attendees can purchase one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia including the opportunity to golf with the greatest golfer of all time, Jack Nicklaus, amazing jewelry, spectacular getaways, a unique Kidz Korner and other exclusive items.
The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, through The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 303 sports legends and honorees and has raised $99 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs.
Tickets start at $850 per person and can be purchased by phone at (305)-243-4656 or http://www.thebuonicontifund.com/GSLD. Sponsorships and opportunities to sit with legends are also available.