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The Beach BoysThe 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner celebration is set for Tuesday, October 6 where sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic heroes and corporate leaders will again join forces for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis’ premier event.  Hosted by Tom Brokaw from NBC News, along with NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, guests will mingle with sports legends and celebrities at the New York City fundraiser to benefit The Buoniconti Fund.

Chaired by Mark Dalton, The 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, will return to the Waldorf Astoria in New York City and benefits The Buoniconti Fund as they raise funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research 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.

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 festivities will feature a live performance by The Beach Boys and the Pointer Sisters and includes 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 evening will honor Sports Legends and Honorees who are innovators and pioneers in their respective fields.  Past "Legend Alumni" and Honorees include:  Muhammad Ali,  Willie Mays,  Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Pedro Martinez, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Pat Riley, Grant Hill, Bill Cowher, 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.

Purchase tickets below. For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard at 305-243-4656 or saagaard@miami.edu







30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner





Marc and Nick Buoniconti with the 2014 Legends and Honorees

Hakeem Olajuwon, Warren Sapp, Pedro Martinez, Bill Cowher,
Tom Brokaw, Grant Hill and more joined forces to "Stand up for those who can't"

NEW YORK (September 29, 2014) – 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 Kelley, 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. 


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