NEW YORK, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sports icons and philanthropy champions will be spotlighted when they gather at the 24(th) Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner on Tuesday, October 6, at New York's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in the famed Grand Ballroom. Bob Costas will host the prominent annual event which benefits The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, a nonprofit organization that serves as the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world's most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center.
The 2009 Great Sports Legends include:
Expected once again to sell out and raise millions of dollars for spinal cord injury research, the event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and Buy-it-Now store which will include one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia and other illustrious items followed by a dinner where each of the Legends and Honorees accepts their award and addresses the audience.
"We continue to be awed by the presence of iconic athletes and leaders in sports and philanthropy," says NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, founder of The Buoniconti Fund and defensive captain of the undefeated 1972 Miami Dolphins. "Once again, we have an exceptional group of honorees that represent the highest achievers in their respective fields, and we are thrilled that they will be joining us for yet another spectacular event. We are making tremendous steps towards finding a cure for spinal cord injuries and we will stay united in our efforts and keep our eye on the goal."
Over the past two decades, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 250 of the world's greatest athletes and individuals. They are recognized for their contributions to the world of sports and acknowledged for their commitment to high ethical standards, to their community, worthy causes and achievements as role models. Their participation has helped raise millions for The Miami Project's spinal cord injury research programs. Legend and Honoree Alumni include Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Jack Nicklaus, Mickey Mantle, Wayne Gretzky, Lance Armstrong, John Elway, Helio Castroneves, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Joe DiMaggio, Dan Marino, Tommy Lee Jones, Mark Messier, Richard "Goose" Gossage, Jerry Rice, Mia Hamm and Walter Cronkite to name a few.
In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick's son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, The Miami Project is a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is the world's most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center. Housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, its global team of more than 200 scientists, researchers and clinicians take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury. Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and worldwide goals.
Tickets start at $850 per person. Sponsorships and opportunities to sit with Legends are available. Tables and tickets can be purchased by phone at 305-243-4656, 212-245-6570 or online at www.thebuonicontifund.org/Page.aspx?pid=503
|SOURCE The Miami Project/The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis|
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