LeBron James to be honored at annual Reid and Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner
Miami, FL -- February 18th, 2014: Sun Sports HEAT TV broadcasters and two of South Florida's leading sports media personalities, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino announce the dates for the eighth annual Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic. Taking place in March, the two-day fund raising event and highlight of social season attracts some of the region's biggest names in sports and entertainment, while honoring the achievements by some of the today's most acclaimed community heroes. The fund-raiser will benefit two of the most celebrated local charity organizations -- Lauren's Kids, which works to prevent child sexual abuse and heal survivors, and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation.
The Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by SHARP Business Systems will take place on Thursday, March 13th at the prestigious Turnberry Isle Miami, starting at 11:30 a.m. More than 50 foursomes will converge on the championship courses for an exhilarating day of competitive golf, whereby each team will be paired with a celebrity team captain and forecaddie, vying to win a series of prizes awarded at the end of the day during the post-golf awards reception. Players will be invited to participate in the "Beat The Broadcaster" Hole-In-One Challenge, for a chance to win a 2-year lease on a new vehicle, courtesy of AutoNation. Previous Golf Classic celebrity participants include: Dan Marino (former Miami Dolphins), Woody Bennett (former NFL/Dolphins), Benny Blades (Detroit Lions/UM), Kim Bokamper (former NFL/Dolphins), Glen Rice (NBA All-Star), Ki Jana Carter (Cincinnati Bengals), John Congemi (ESPN college football analyst), Jeff Cross (former NFL/Dolphins), John Crotty (Miami HEAT), Brian Hartline (Miami Dolphins), AJ Duhe (former NFL/Dolphins), Mark Duper (former NFL/Dolphins), Darrell Fullington (Minnesota Vikings/UM), Reggie Givens (former NFL/San Francisco 49ers), David Graf (Cleveland Browns), Nicole Hage (LPGA player), Bobby Harden (Dolphins/UM), John Harris (Seattle Seahawks), Tommy Hutton (Miami Marlins), Mike Inglis (Miami HEAT), Jason Jackson (Miami HEAT), Tim Hardaway (former NBA player), Dan Carpenter (Miami Dolphins), Keith Askins (Miami HEAT), Keith Sims (Dolphins/Redskins), Joey Cornblit (Jai-alai player), Keith Byers (Dolphins/Eagles), Bill Lindsey (Florida Panthers), Larry Little (Hall of Famer), Darrell Malone (former NFL/Dolphins), OJ McDuffie (former NFL/Dolphins), Craig Minervini (Florida Panthers), Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, Pro Football Hall of Famers Bob Griese and Larry Little, Coach Don Shula, Nat Moore (Miami Dolphins), Alonzo Mourning (Miami HEAT), Jose Paneda (Miami HEAT), Dwight Stephenson (Hall of Famer), Troy Stradford (former NFL/Dolphins), Steve Whitaker (New York Yankees/Giants), Gino Torretta (Heisman Trophy winner), Footy (radio personality), Chad Henne (Miami Dolphins), PGA golfer Woody Austin, LPGA golfer Patti Rizzo, and many more.
The Call Of The Game Dinner Presented by Publix and hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will take place on Saturday, March 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Leading Hollywood actress, Gabrielle Union, will emcee the evening's entertainment as the Master of Ceremonies, while the dinner pays tribute to today's most distinguished individuals who will be honored for their work towards making a difference "behind the scenes" in our community. With an illustrious attendance of sports personalities, business leaders and notable philanthropists, the dinner will include a silent auction as well as a live auction featuring sporting memorabilia, luxury vacation packages and one-of-a-kind experiences, among other items, that attendees will have a chance to bid on throughout the evening. This year's online auction will go live starting on February 20th through the website www.reidandfiorentinoevents.com. Donations to the live or silent auctions can be made through completion of the 2014 Auction Donation Form also found on the website.
The evening will feature a number of prestigious awards being presented for excellence and leadership in the community. The Miami HEAT superstar forward, LeBron James, will be presented with the Don Shula Sports Legend Award for his commitment on the court and his work with The LeBron James Family Foundation. 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 inaugural honoree, Coach Don Shula, Bob Griese, Dr. Jack Ramsay, Alonzo Mourning and Miami HEAT assistant coach, Ron Rothstein. Miami's Channel 7 broadcaster, Steve Shapiro, will receive the Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award. This award honors an outstanding sport broadcaster that has had a great impact in their field, while making notable accomplishments within the community. Past award winners include Joe Rose, Tony Segreto, Hank Goldberg, the late-great Jim Mandich and the legendary Miami Marlins broadcaster, Dave Van Horne. Miami HEAT veteran, James Jones will be presented with the Ted Arison Community Service Award for outstanding work throughout South Florida. This award honors exceptional individuals or organizations that have shown a great love and passion for improving our community. Past award winners include Bill Fauerbach and Publix, Dwyane Wade, Tracy Wilson Mourning and Dr. Barth Green with daughter Jenna Green and former Miami Dolphins linebacker, Twan Russell. The 2014 Call Of The Game Dinner will present a special award for the third year to commemorate the legendary broadcaster, Jim Mandich. The Jim Mandich Courage and Commitment Award will be presented to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In 2011, Giffords survived a shooting near Tucson, Arizona, at a supermarket where she was meeting publicly with constituents. She was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head, but miraculously recovered her ability to walk, speak, read and write. As a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, she represented Arizona's 8th congressional district from 2007 until her resignation in 2012, having been elected to Congress three times. She is the third woman in Arizona's history to be elected to the U.S. Congress. Past Jim Mandich Courage and Commitment Awards have been presented to Nick Buoniconti and Marc Buoniconti, for their outstanding work with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, and CNN Correspondent Sara Ganim, for breaking the story on Jerry Sandusky.
"We are pleased to announce the dates for this year's annual Celebrity Golf Classic and Call of the Game Dinner," said Tony Fiorentino. "Both events continue to draw some of the region's most celebrated names in sport and community leadership. We have a tremendous group of honorees this year, and we are especially excited and privileged to welcome LeBron James and Gabrielle Giffords in to our family. Each year we continue to support two of the most remarkable charity organizations that ultimately benefit our kids in the community and throughout the region. We are proud to be honoring such outstanding individuals for their work above and beyond the call of duty, and we thank all of our sponsors and patrons for their continued support."
Lauren Book, founder of Lauren's Kids, comments: "This year's Call of the Game Dinner and Celebrity Golf Classic will be a wonderful way to end our Winter fundraising season, during which we received tremendous kindness from all our supporters. Lauren's Kids seeks to end child sexual abuse through education and awareness and help survivors heal through guidance and support, because it shouldn't hurt to be a child. Eric and Tony have been phenomenal in helping to raise awareness for our cause and we thank everyone involved with helping make the event such a success."
A Foursome for The Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by SHARP Business Systems can be purchased for $3,000. The cost for an individual golfer is $800. A table of ten (Gold table with a celebrity) at The Call of the Game Dinner Presented by Publix can be purchased for $5,000. A Silver dinner table can be purchased for $2,500. Individual tickets are priced at $250. Gold and Silver Tables both accommodate ten (10) seats at the dinner event. The Gold table includes one celebrity and his/her guest at the table. An MVP Golf and Dinner Package, which includes one golf foursome and one Silver dinner table, can be purchased for $5,000.
Reservations for both events can be made online by completing the ticket request form at www.reidandfiorentinoevents.com or by contacting Reid and Fiorentino Events at 305.529.9506 ext. 5 or by emailing Kiley Lapointe at Kiley@agency21consulting.com. For further information and updates on the 2014 Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner and Celebrity Golf Classic, please visit www.reidandfiorentinoevents.com.
The eighth annual Reid & Fiorentino Call Of The Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic is also supported by Ron L. Book, PA, Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Acordis, Community Bank of Broward, American Airlines, Turnberry Isles Miami, Bloomingdales, Dade Media, Metrosigns and Weston Lifestyles Magazine.