The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, celebrated its 30th anniversary in high-style at DESTINATION FASHION 2016 presented by Swanee and Paul DiMare treating more than 2,500 of its friends and supporters to a star-studded extravaganza. The evening was highlighted by a concert headlined by “Mr. Worldwide,” the global music icon Pitbull, and the Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli showcased their Spring 2016 Collection thanks to Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour.
Savannah Guthrie with Swanee and Paul DiMare
Christian Slater, Brittany Slater, Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan
Randy Whitman with Savannah Guthrie and Matthew Whitman Lazenby
The Destination Fashion 2016 spectacular at Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour Village, Florida was emceed by Co-Anchor of NBC’s Today Show Savannah Guthrie. Honorary Co-Chairs were Grammy Award Winners Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Academy Award Winner Tommy Lee Jones and wife Dawn Jones, and Golden Globe Winner Christian Slater and wife Brittany Slater. The March 5th affair also saw the presentation of the Presenting Sponsor Award to Swanee and Paul DiMare, Humanitarian Awards to Stanley Whitman, Randy Whitman and Matthew Whitman Lazenby, The Christine E. Lynn Champion for a Cure Award to Micky and Madeleine Arison, The Outstanding Philanthropists Award recipients were Gloria and Emilio Estefan, the Buoniconti Fund Leadership Awards were presented to philanthropists Christine E. Lynn and Lois B. Pope, and The Miami Project Spirit of Giving Award went to Edie Laquer.
A who’s who of celebrities, philanthropic icons, business leaders, fashionistas and more celebrated the Bal Harbour Shops’ 50th anniversary and The Miami Project’s 30th anniversary. This event remains the only time in Bal Harbour Shops’ history when its doors are closed to host this truly one-of-a-kind, high-profile, private celebrity-styled affair.
The Buoniconti Fund also presented the 2016 Women of Substance and Style awards with each walking down the runway with their celebrity presenters and other celebrity friends who attended: Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus, Las Vegas Entertainer Wayne Newton, Grammy Award Winners Emilio Estefan, Barry Gibb, and Phil Collins, Bon Jovi Drummer Tico Torres, NBA Hall of Famers Alonzo Mourning and Dave Cowens, MLB Hall of Famers Tony Perez and Mike Piazza, retired baseball stars Andre Dawson and World Series Champions Jorge Posada and Scott Erickson, former professional football stars Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Dick Anderson, Harry Carson, Brian Kelley, Mark Rypien, Jed Weaver, Brett Romberg, Randal Hill and Nat Moore, Olympic Gold Medalist Bob Beamon, polo star Brandon Phillips, current and former basketball stars Beno Udrih, Justise Winslow, Shane Battier, Greg Anthony and Steve Smith, NBA HOF Pat Riley, tennis star Martina Navratilova, race car driver and Indy 500 winner Gil de Ferran, actors Colin Egglesfield, Aiden Turner, Charlie Weber and Parker Young, and artist Romero Britto.
Destination Fashion 2016 was presented by Swanee and Paul DiMare. Benefactors included: Edie Laquer and The Laquer Foundation, Bal Harbour Shops, Barton G., and The Collection, Bal Harbour Village, Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation, Carnival Corporation & plc and Carnival Corporation, Ana and Tony Figueroa Cisneros, Mark Dalton, Samuel J. and Connie M. Frankino Foundation, Richard Gray, Kandy Kramer, Iris and Michael Smith, Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation, Residences by Armani/Casa, Anthony Abraham Foundation, Gary and Pennie Abramson, Lisa and Jeff Akin, Pearl Baker Katz, Bunny Bastian, Cynthia and Wayne Boich & Melissa and Sean Posner, Irma and Norman Braman, Andi and Chuck Edelstein & Chanin and Adam Carlin, City National Bank, Phil and Orianne Collins and The Little Dreams Foundation, The Fairholme Foundation, The Ferraro Law Firm, Teresita and Michael Haskett, The Holman Family Foundation, Gretchen and Jay Jordan, The Kathleen Kennedy Fund of the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Foundation, Lauren’s Kids, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Christine E. Lynn, The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund, Stuart Miller, Lennar Corporation, Victoria Ranger Nuñez and Michael Nuñez, Oceana Bal Harbour, Perry Ellis International, Laura and Jeff Roberts, Barbara Sherman, Laura and Irwin Tauber, Valerio Toyos, MDPA, Aventura Worldwide Transportation, Acqualina Resort & Spa, Franklin Dodd Communications, Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, 1 Hotel South Beach, Ocean Drive Magazine, Ritz Carlton Bal Harbour, Ritz Carlton South Beach, Selecta Magazine, Sole Farms, Southern Wine & Spirits, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Tiffany & Co, and Y100.