Pitbull to Perform and Brunello Cucinelli’s Spring 2016 Fashion Show to be Featured at Destination Fashion 2016

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Co-Anchor of NBC News’ Today Show Savannah Guthrie will emcee with Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Dawn and Tommy Lee Jones, Brittany and Christian Slater serving as Honorary Co-Chairs for this star-studded event at Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour, Florida

Miami, FL (January 11 2016)The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, announced that Global Music Icon Pitbull, Mr. Worldwide, will perform in concert and Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour has selected Italian luxury brand Brunello Cucinelli as the featured designer to showcase their Spring 2016 Collection at Destination Fashion 2016 on Saturday, March 5th at Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour, Florida. This musical pioneer and designer extraordinaire will join Co-Anchor of NBC’s Today Show Savannah Guthrie, who will serve as emcee for the event. Honorary Co-Chairs, Grammy Award Winners Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Academy Award Winner Tommy Lee Jones and wife Dawn Jones, Golden Globe Winner Christian Slater and wife Brittany Slater, will join 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 have 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. In addition to the Pitbull concert and Brunello Cucinelli’s Spring 2016 Collection presented by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, guests will travel their way through the progressive party that will showcase the fashion trends, movies, television and entertainment through the Decades-60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s and witness the 2016 Women of Substance and Style walk down the runway with their celebrity presenters. Partygoers will have the opportunity to bid on the magnificent “Too Good to Be Silent” auction items donated by many of the Bal Harbour Shops’ stores including exquisite jewelry and items from Chopard who is donating a spectacular Happy Diamonds watch in Rose Gold and diamonds, retailing for $27,390 and a unique opportunity to attend the 2017 Oscars night with Chopard, and Tiffany & Co. who is donating three amazing items, a 18K White Gold and Diamonds Atlas Bangle worth $11,000, 18K White Gold and Diamonds Atlas Pendant worth $5,200 and Stainless Steel Atlas Chronograph Watch worth $5,250.

The March 5th affair will see The Buoniconti Fund salute its 2016 Women of Substance & Style and also include 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 will be Gloria and Emilio Estefan, and The Miami Project Spirit of Giving Award will go to Edie Laquer.

The 2016 Women of Substance and Style are: 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 woman will be escorted down the runway by Celebrity Presenters. Past presenters include NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, Golf Legend Jack Nicklaus, actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, Miami HEAT President and NBA Hall of Fame Coach Pat Riley, NFL Winningest Coach Don Shula, Las Vegas Entertainer Wayne Newton, Super 8 film and Friday Night Lights television star Kyle Chandler, Grammy Award Winner Emilio Estefan, NBA Hall of Famer John Havlicek, MLB Triple Crown Winner Miguel Cabrera, Magic Mike actor Joe Manganiello, Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis, Bon Jovi Drummer Tico Torres, NBA Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning, MLB Hall of Famer Tony Perez, 12-Time MLB All-Star Mike Piazza, and Gossip Girl actor Matthew Settle to name a few.

Proceeds from Destination Fashion 2016 will directly benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. The Miami Project, a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center.

“Each year we are amazed by the support we receive from our many friends from around the globe, and this year will be like no other evening. We are thrilled to have Pitbull bring his unique musical genius to the event, and have the brilliant designer Brunello Cucinelli share his Spring 2016 Collection with us thanks to Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour,” said NFL Hall of Famer and Miami Project Founder Nick Buoniconti. “With the support of Today Show Co-Host Savannah Guthrie, who will emcee this phenomenal affair, and staunch support from Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Academy Award Winning Actor Tommy Lee Jones, Dawn Jones, Christian and Brittany Slater, it will certainly be a night to remember that will go a long way in helping us raise much-needed funds for our efforts to cure paralysis.”

Destination Fashion 2016 is presented by Swanee and Paul DiMare. Gateway to a Cure Sponsor is Edie Laquer and The Laquer Foundation.  Destination Fashion Sponsors include Bal Harbour Shops, Barton G. and The Collection. Decade Sponsors include: Carnival Corporation & plc, Ana and Tony Figueroa Cisneros, Mark Dalton, Richard Gray, Kandy Kramer, and Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Foundation. Scene Sponsors include: Abraham Foundation, Gary and Pennie Abramson, Lisa and Jeff Akin, Pearl Baker Katz, Bunny Bastian, City National Bank, Cynthia and Wayne Boich & Melissa and Sean Posner, Andi and Chuck Edelstein & Chanin and Adam Carlin, Phil and Orianne Collins and The Little Dreams Foundation,  The Fairholme Foundation, The Ferraro Law Firm, Samuel J. and Connie M. Frankino Foundation, Teresa and Michael Haskett, The Holman Family Foundation, Gretchen and Jay Jordan, The Kathleen Kennedy Fund of the Ethel and W. George Kennedy Foundation, Lauren’s Kids, Marile & Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Christine E. Lynn, The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund, Stuart Miller, Lennar Corporation, Victoria Ranger Nunez and Michael Nunez, Oceana Bal Harbour,  Jeff and Laura Roberts, Laura and Irwin Tauber, Valerio Toyos, MDPA.  Sponsors include: Aventura Worldwide Transportation, Acqualina Resort & Spa, Franklin Dodd Communications, Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, 1 Hotel South Beach, Ocean Drive Magazine and Selecta Magazine, Sole Farms, Southern Wine & Spirits, The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, and Tiffany & Co.

For more information about The Buoniconti Fund, please visit: www.thebuonicontifund.com, follow us at facebook.com/cureparalysis, or twitter.com/BuonicontiFund. For more information about Destination Fashion, please call Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard, Director of Major Gifts, Corporate Relations, Marketing & Events at 305-243-4656, email saagaard@miami.edu or visit www.thebuonicontifund.com/destinationfashion.

About The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis and The Buoniconti Fund: 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 (SCI) research center, and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  The Miami Project’s international team includes more than 300 scientists, researchers, clinicians and support staff who take innovative approaches to the challenges of spinal cord and brain injuries.  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 organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals.

This is an unbelievable time for The Buoniconti Fund and The Miami Project’s research, and for medical history.  In 2015, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave permission to The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis to continue the revolutionary Phase 1 clinical trial to evaluate the safety of transplanting human Schwann cells in patients with acute (recent) spinal cord injuries to include those with chronic injuries. Found mainly in the peripheral nervous system, Schwann cells are essential to sending appropriate electrical signals through the nervous system, and Miami Project scientists and supporters believe they are key to finding cures for paralysis.  The Miami Project Physicians and researchers is enrolling the first participants in this Phase 1 clinical trial, part of the Christine E. Lynn Clinical Trials Initiative at The Miami Project.  There are millions of people living with chronic spinal cord injury paralysis (those paralyzed for a year or more) that will benefit from this experimental procedure.  Never in the history of spinal cord injury research have the prospects of finding a cure for paralysis been better.