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Summer Soiree Cocktail Reception to Benefit the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis

Summer Soiree Cocktail Reception to Benefit the Buoniconti Fund to Cure ParalysisFriday, August 22, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

The Miami Chapter of the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and Smith & Wollensky hosted Summer Soiree Cocktail Reception to celebrate the lazy days of summer and to raise funds and awareness for the amazing spinal cord injury research at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the world’s largest spinal cord injury research center. Guests enjoyed chef selected hors d’ouevres, cocktails, and a chance in winning prizes and exciting giveaways throughout the night.

The Miami Chapter was established in 1992, and is currently led by Volunteer Regional Director David Del Cristo. This was the first volunteer Chapter to begin grassroots efforts of raising funds and awareness for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. 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 the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Miami Project’s Clinical Trials are designed to take discoveries found to be successful in laboratory studies and fast track them to human studies. Some of the trials are one of a kind in the world, is changing the spinal cord injury field and sets an important foundation for future Miami Project cell replacement therapies.

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo

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