Sun Sports HEAT TV broadcasters and two of South Floridaâ€™s leading sports media personalities, Eric Reid and Tony Fiorentino celebrated the 8th annual Reid & FiorentinoÂ Call Of The Game Dinner & Celebrity Golf Classic, alongside todayâ€™s sports icons and philanthropic heroes of our community, and with two of the most celebrated local charity organizations and beneficiaries â€“ Laurenâ€™s Kids and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation. The two-day fund raising event once again attracted some of the regionâ€™s biggest names in sports and entertainment while honoring the achievements by some of the todayâ€™s most acclaimed community leaders, and marked an unprecedented acceptance by one of the worldâ€™s most renowned champions.
For the first time since arriving in Miami, MVP and World Champion of The Miami HEAT, LeBron James, accepted the eveningâ€™s most prestigious accolade in front of a star-studded capacity crowd, that included Miami HEAT coach Erik Spoelstra, owner Micky Arison, Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, Alonzo Mourning and Tracy Mourning, at the Reid and Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner presented by Publix, hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Miami HEAT President, Pat Riley, took to the stage to give a moving tribute and introduction to the legendary Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula, before both Riley and Shula presented James together with The Don Shula Sports Legend Award. This was the first time the Miami HEAT star forward has accepted an award in-person and in South Florida. James was honored for his achievements on the court and for his work in the community with The LeBron James Family Foundation. James touched on his personal history of being raised by a single mother and the rewards of overseeing his foundation, while also noting the work of Lauren Book and her own foundation, Laurenâ€™s Kids, towards healing the survivors of child sexual abuse.
Additional high profile honorees were awarded throughout the night, during which, acclaimed Hollywood actress and the eveningâ€™s Master of Ceremonies, Gabrielle Union, gave the audience a glamorous and memorable on-stage performance, that included stories of her own experience with childhood sexual abuse as a 19 year-old teenager. Eric Reid awarded The Sonny Hirsch Excellence in Sports Broadcasting Award to Miamiâ€™s Channel 7 broadcaster, Steve Shapiro, for his work as an outstanding sport broadcaster. Shapiro made quite the humorous speech with anecdotes about various individuals in the audience that were received with waves of laughter. Miami HEAT veteran and NBA All-Star 3-point champion, James Jones, was presented with The Ted Arison Community Service Award by Lauren Book and Tony Fiorentino, for outstanding work throughout South Florida. This award honors exceptional individuals or organizations that have shown a great love and passion for improving our community, with past award winners that have included Bill Fauerbach and Publix, Dwyane Wade, Tracy Wilson Mourning and Dr. Barth Green with daughter Jenna Green and former Miami Dolphins linebacker, Twan Russell.
For the third year, and to commemorate the legendary broadcaster, Jim Mandich, The Jim Mandich Courage and Commitment Award was presented to Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords by Ron Book, for which Chair of the National Democratic Party, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz made an acceptance speech on Giffordsâ€™ behalf. In 2011, Giffords survived a shooting near Tucson, Arizona, at a supermarket where she was meeting publicly with constituents. She was critically injured by a gunshot wound to the head, but miraculously recovered her ability to walk, speak, read and write. Past Jim Mandich Courage and Commitment Awards have been presented to Nick Buoniconti and Marc Buoniconti, for their outstanding work with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, and CNN Correspondent Sara Ganim, for breaking the story on Jerry Sandusky.
The 2014 Reid & Fiorentino Call of the Game Dinner also featured an exceptional live performance on-stage by Sony Music Latin America artist, Arthur Hanlon, a silent auction throughout the evening, and a Live Auction presented by the annual auctioneer and FOX Sportsâ€™ Miami HEAT analyst, Jason Jackson. All proceeds raised throughout the night benefit Laurenâ€™s Kids and the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation.
Pictures by:Â Omar Vega