Destination Fashion 2016 Raises Millions for The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

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. The event treated more than 2,500 friends and supporters to a star-studded extravaganza highlighted by a concert headlined by “Mr. Worldwide,” the global music icon Pitbull, and the Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli showcasing the company’s Spring 2016 Collection thanks to Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour.

Destination Fashion 2016 at Bal Harbour Shops was emceed by Savannah Guthrie, the co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show. 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. They joined a who’s who of celebrities, philanthropic icons, business leaders, fashionistas and other South Florida notables at the main event.

“We are very happy to be Honorary Chairs of Destination Fashion to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis,” said Tommy Lee Jones. “As polo players, we know how susceptible we are to injuries that can change our lives forever. We have friends who are in wheelchairs and who have died from spinal injuries. We’re here to abate that, hold it back and improve it, and insofar as we can, eliminate it. The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund is near and dear to us because it provides hope to millions of people, not only athletes but victims of spinal injury everywhere.”

The March 5 event also saw the Presenting Sponsor Award given to Swanee and Paul DiMare, the Humanitarian Award to Stanley Whitman, Randy Whitman and Matthew Whitman Lazenby, and the Christine E. Lynn Champion for a Cure Award to Micky and Madeleine Arison. The Outstanding Philanthropists Award recipients were Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and The Miami Project Spirit of Giving Award went to Edie Laquer. Also receiving special awards were international philanthropists Christine E. Lynn and Lois B. Pope, both longtime benefactors of The Buoniconti Fund.

The Buoniconti Fund also presented the 2016 Women of Substance and Style awards to: Susan Abraham, Pennie Abramson, Gabrielle Anwar, Kelly Arison, Tracey Berkowitz, Cynthia Boich, Mercedes Carlson, Jordan Claure, Orianne Collins, Linda Corey, Kristin Ducote, Bobi Eroncig, Lian Fanjul de Azqueta, Ana de Figueroa Cisneros, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Shelley Golden, Melinda Gonzalez, Becky Haggard McCarron, Teresa Haskett, Amy Hollub, Wendy Holman, Kinga Lampert, Kristin Lazenby, Lisa Leslie, Sandra Levy, Marile Lopez, Jayne Malfitano, Christina Martin, Ashley Moore, Suzanne Murphy, Nan O’Leary, Laura Posada, Melissa Posner, Barbara Reese, Laura Roberts, Kathy Simkins, Lydia Touzet and Gigi Whitman.

Each walked 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 star 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.

In addition to the Pitbull concert and Brunello Cucinelli’s Spring 2016 Collection presented by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, guests traveled their way through the progressive party that showcased fashion trends, movies, television and entertainment through the decades. Partygoers also had the opportunity to bid on the magnificent “Too Good to Keep Silent” auction items donated by many of the Bal Harbour Shops’ stores and other supporters including exquisite jewelry, exclusive trips and other magnificent items.

Presenting Sponsor
Swanee and Paul DiMare

Gateway to a Cure
Edie Laquer and the Laquer Foundation

Red Carpet Sponsorship
Bal Harbour Village

Destination Fashion Sponsors
Bal Harbour Shops
Barton G.
The Collection/Maserati

Decade Sponsors
’60s Kandy Kramer
’70s: Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation
’80s: Ana and Tony Figueroa Cisneros
’90s: Mark Dalton (2 tables)
2000s: Carnival Corporation & plc and Carnival Foundation
50 Years of Fashion: Richard Gray
Center Courtyard: Micky and Madeleine Arison Family Foundation
Celebrating the Decades: Iris and Michael Smith
Concert Arena: Residences by Armani/Casa

Back to the Future: Bunny Bastian
Batman: Stuart Miller, Lennar Corporation
Breakfast at Tiffany’s: Andi and Chuck Edelstein & Chanin and Adam Carlin
Dirty Dancing: Irma and Norman Braman
Downton Abbey: Anthony Abraham Foundation
Fifty Shades of Grey: Valerio Toyos, MDPA
Friends: Laura and Jeff Roberts
Ghostbusters: The Fairholme Foundation
Harry Potter: Gary and Pennie Abramson
I Love Lucy: Lisa and Jeff Akin
James Bond “007”: City National Bank
Jaws: Gretchen and Jay Jordan
Madonna’s “Vogue”: Victoria Ranger Nuñez and Mike Nuñez
Miami HEAT: The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund
Miami Vice: Perry Ellis International
Michael Jackson’s Thriller: Cynthia and Wayne Boich and Melissa and Sean Posner
Pretty Woman: Oceana Bal Harbour
Rocky: The Ferraro Law Firm
Saturday Night Fever: Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq
Sex in the City: Pearl Baker Katz
Star Trek: Samuel J. and Connie M. Frankino Foundation
Star Wars: Teresa and Michael Haskett
Studio 54: Laura and Irwin Tauber
The Beatles: Lauren’s Kids
The Devil Wears Prada: Samuel J. and Connie M. Frankino Foundation
Titanic: The Kathleen Kennedy Fund of the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Foundation
West Side Story: Phil and Orianne Collins and The Little Dreams Foundation
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory: Holman Family Foundation
Wonder Woman: Christine E. Lynn

1 Hotel and Homes South Beach
Acqualina Resort & Spa
Aventura Worldwide Transportation
Barbara Sherman
Franklin Dodd Communications
Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour
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.

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