PITBULL PERFORMS, BRUNELLO CUCINELLI SHOWS SPRING 2016 COLLECTION, SPORTS STARS, ENTERTAINERS PRESENT AWARDS TO WOMEN OF SUBSTANCE AND STYLE, AND MILLIONS RAISED AT BUONICONTI FUND TO CURE PARALYSIS’ DESTINATION FASHION 2016 PRESENTED BY SWANEE AND PAUL DIMARE
Co-Anchor of NBC News’ Today Show Savannah Guthrie Emceed; Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Brittany and Christian Slater served as Honorary Co-Chairs for this star-studded event at Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour Village, Florida
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 2500 of its 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.
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. They joined a who’s who of celebrities, philanthropic icons, business leaders, fashionistas and other South Florida notables at the main event.
To celebrate Bal Harbour Shops’ 50th anniversary and The Miami Project’s 30th anniversary, the nation’s top shopping destination and the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center teamed up again to produce Destination Fashion 2016. 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 March 5th affair also saw the presentation of the Presenting Sponsor Award to Swanee and Paul DiMare, Humanitarian Award 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, 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 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.
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 the fashion trends, movies, television and entertainment through the Decades-60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. 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.