The Development Team of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is focused on fundraising to support the international team of over 175 scientists, researchers, clinicians and support staff dedicated to improving the quality of life and, ultimately, finding a cure for paralysis.

The Buoniconti family works tirelessly to raise incredible funds and awareness for The Miami Project’s groundbreaking spinal cord injury research.  Nick Buoniconti co-founded The Miami Project in 1985, after his son Marc became a quadriplegic after suffering a paralyzing injury in a college football game.  Marc Buoniconti, President of The Buoniconti Fund (founded in 1992), as well as The Buoniconti Fund’s dedicated Board of Directors, selflessly give much time and energy to support The Miami Project’s mission to find a cure for paralysis.

Through the Team, The Buoniconti Fund has hosted the Great Sports Legends Dinner since 1985 in New York City to raise much needed funds for The Miami Project’s groundbreaking research programs.  The Great Sports Legends, Honorees, and Dinner attendees, have all helped in this incredible and inspirational endeavor.  The Development Team also organizes and produces events, such as Destination Fashion at Bal Harbour Shops highlighting a couture fashion show, world renowned entertainment and 2,000 supporters enjoying an incredible evening of fun and fabulous fare.  The Celebrity Golf Invitational at The Bear’s Club, which is hosted by Jack Nicklaus, has included Dan Marino, Joe Namath, Don Shula, and many other tournament celebrities.

In addition, The Buoniconti Fund’s National Chapters host fundraising events and awareness campaigns to help reach the goal of finding a cure for paralysis.


Management Team

Chairman and Co-Founder Barth A. Green, M.D.
Co-Founder Nicholas A. Buoniconti*
President Marc A. Buoniconti
Scientific Director W. Dalton Dietrich, Ph.D.
Clinical Director Allan D. Levi, M.D., Ph.D.
Executive Director Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard
Center Administrator Jeanette Bajo
Director, Web Services, Auction and Database Management Teri I. Bendell Bou
Assistant Secretary and Treasurer Diana C. Berning
Director, Education and Community Outreach David W. McMillan, Ph.D.
Director, Events Jacqueline Manzano
Senior Director, Advocacy and Donor Relations Randy L. Medenwald
Director, Communications Scott P. Roy
Director, Major Gifts, The Buoniconti Fund Suzie Sayfie