By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore
On Tuesday, February 2, join A-list celebrities, entertainers and professional athletes, including Ricky Williams, Jeremy Shockey, Warren Sapp and over 20 others, at the First Annual Diamond Ball hosted by Henri Crockett, Zack Crockett, OJ Santiago and the Clevelander Hotel with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Broward Children's Center (www.bcckids.org) and the Diabetes Research Institute www.diabetesresearch.org). This exclusive party goes from 7- 10 p.m., a great way to start celebrating Super Bowl week in style. Promoters say that it will be among the most exciting and rewarding NFL-sanctioned showcase events of the week. There’s a suggested donation of $100 at the door. For more information, go to http://www.crockettfoundation.org/
Jeremy Shockey, Amaris Jones, and Ron Mann, will host an exhibition on Wednesday, February 3, titled: The Art of Football, at Avant Gallery (3850 N. Miami Avenue) from 7-10 p.m. The show will be comprised of original collage paintings using vintage objects and memorabilia collected by artist and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Steve Sabol, also President of NFL Films. Your $20 minimum donation at the door and 10% of proceeds from purchases will benefit Athletes Relief Fund for Haiti and Project Medishare. Art works start at only $300! Enjoy cocktails by Russian Standard Vodka and Presidente Imported Beer.
Grammy nominated recording artist, Jordin Sparks is hosting her 3rd annual Jordin Sparks Experience at the Eden Roc Renaissance Miami Beach (4525 Collins Avenue). The fun filled week begins on February 3rd with exclusive performances at the sold out Sparkstown Teddy Bear Picnic by Jordin and David Archuleta. Guests will be part of a special service project involving teddy bears that David and Jordin will deliver to children at a local hospital and to SOS Children’s Villages in Florida and Haiti.
Other events include a Red Carpet VIP Reception with both live and silent auctions that will raise additional funds for charity. Immediately following the reception, Sparks, Jason DeRulo, Sam Moore, Marcus Mitchell, Chrisette Michele, Chris Richardson and Ethan Bortnick will cap off the night during the “Intimate Evening with Jordin and Friends.” The “Experience” will conclude with a red carpet, star studded, Red, White and Black after party on February 5th. DJ Babey Drew (Chris Brown’s DJ) will be spinning the tunes all night and there will be a celebrity open mic. For a full schedule of events and to buy tickets, visit http://jordinsparksexperience.com/ or call 888.868.6157. Select tickets are still available. Don’t miss out on your “Experience!”
Although it sounds like a Dr. Seuss book, the Eats Beats Cleats Gridiron Festival presented by Comcast is actually an action-packed series of celebrity appearances, VIP events and fun experiences. This “celebration of sports” will kick off on Thursday, February 4 on Lincoln Road, featuring more than 75 current and former NFL All Stars, fan experiences and VIP events throughout the weekend. Expect to see NFL greats, who will be signing autographs, and national sports exhibits, including the Heisman, Super Bowl, World Series, IRL and NASCAR trophies, which will be in one place for the first time ever.
The four-day festival is set to dominate Lincoln Road the entire weekend. All proceeds benefit the Gridiron greats Assistance Fund. Weekend and daily passports are available ($85-$350) by calling 1.877.733.3430 or going to www.ecbmiami.com. Day passes cost: $85; VIP, $350. Hours are as follows: Thurs., 7 p.m.-12 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., noon-12 a.m.; Sun., noon-4 p.m.
On February 4, Miami Dolphins running back Ricky Williams is hosting a “Haiti Relief Effort” event from 7 to 10 p.m. at his restaurant, Proof Ocean Drive, (1458 Ocean Drive) in the former Table 8 space. The Ricky Williams Foundation, a not-for-profit charity led by Ricky Williams supporting national and international communities in need, has joined forces with JBF Worldwide, NFL Players Association and the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund to raise money and encourage relief efforts for the numerous victims suffering from the island’s recent and catastrophic earthquake. Guests will enjoy dinner prepared by Proof Ocean Drive’s executive chef Ivan Dorvil, cocktails and live music. Football fans will also be able to bid on items such as Super Bowl XLIV tickets, jerseys worn by their favorite players, genuine NFL memorabilia and a luxury time piece during the event’s silent and live auction. Guests are asked for a minimum donation of $100 to attend this event.
Forget the Hotel California, 944 magazine has taken over the Eden Roc (4525 Collins Avenue) for a weekend of festivities, starting on February 4 at 9 p.m., with the Official Super Skins Charity Party hosted by Jimmie Johnson and Nick Lachey and featuring a live performance by Snoop Dogg. A portion of the funds from this year’s event will go to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, a charity working to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors in Haiti.
General Admission tickets cost $250 and VIP tickets: go for $500.
Russell Simmons will host a celebrity charity poker tournament on Friday, February 5 at 4 p.m. in the hotel’s Jose Cuervo Platino Penthouse. The tournament will benefit Athletes for Africa, a growing global network of people leveraging the positive behaviors and profile of sport to engage youth and educate them about issues facing the people of Africa. A Buy-In ticket costs $500.
Tickets can be purchased at www.hotel944.com.
The Player of the Year Awards Dinner, will take place at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa (3555 South Ocean Drive) on Friday, February 5, at 6 p.m. Ten NFL current stars will be honored, joining an impressive roster of current and former players, including Drew Brees (Saints), Chris Johnson (Titans), Andre Johnson (Texans), Dallas Clark (Colts), Steve Hutchinson (Vikings), Jared Allen (Vikings), Elvis Dumervil (Broncos), Patrick Willis (49ers), Charles Woodson (Packers), Joshua Cribbs (Browns), and Coach Sean Payton (Saints). Awards will be presented to each honoree by a Hall of Famers who once played the same position. Don Shula will present the Coach of the Year Award. Tickets are $10,000 for a table of eight, shared by NFL legend and guest. Proceeds benefit youth oriented programs of the NFL Alumni, a charity organization with a motto and mission of "Caring for Kids." For more information, contact: 800.878.5437, ext. 212.
Famed Transformers and Pearl Harbor director, Michael Bay, will open up his home for the 2nd annual “Big Game, Big Give” cocktail and dinner benefiting The Giving Back Fund on Saturday, February 6, from 8:00 p.m.-midnight. For merely $1, 000 a head, guests can enjoy Dewars Signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres created by Jonathan Eismann of Pacific Time and mingle with celebs including: Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford, Kristin Cavallari, Jerry Bruckheimer, Ken Dorsey, Jack Del Rio (Jacksonville Jaguars), LaMarr Woodley (Pittsburgh Steelers), Michael Boley (NY Giants), Akin Ayodele (Miami Dolphins), Kim Kardashian, Maurice Jones-Drew (Jacksonville Jaguars), Chris Johnston (Tennessee Titans), Brandon Marshall (Denver Broncos) and Mike Sims-Walker(Jacksonville Jaguars).
For more information and to buy tickets, call David Wilson (Miami Marketing Group) at 305.534.7101.
Award-winning actor and comedian, Jim Carrey and actress, activist and best-selling author Jenny McCarthy, are bringing the star power to the fourth annual Saturday Night Spectacular, presented by American Airlines and Texas Energy Holdings on February 5 at the Bank of America Tower at International Place (100 SE Second Street) to benefit the power couple’s foundation: Generation Rescue. Michael and Eva Chow of Mr. Chow restaurant will serve as event ambassadors and entertainment will be provided by Cirque USA performers.
Additionally, movie and television stars, celebrity athletes and a few of the world’s best poker players will be joining Carrey and McCarthy for a charity poker mini-tournament starting at midnight, with blinds every ten minutes, to benefit Generation Rescue. A total of 30 contestants (15 celebrities and 15 regular folks) will vie for the “1st Annual Big Kahuna Poker Title.” The winner will receive an all expense paid trip for two including roundtrip air on American Airlines, accommodations at Hotel Zaza, Game Tickets and Ground Transportation to the 2011 Super Bowl in Dallas, Texas. A $10,000 donation to Generation Rescue will also be made in the winner’s name. Tickets cost $1, 000 for the party, which includes premium open bar, provided by Grey Goose vodka, sushi bar, hors d’oeuvres and buffet stations provided by III Forks. Entrance into the poker tourney costs $2,500 ($7,500 for VIP poker entry). All tickets can be purchased by calling: 214. 244.5001 or 214.922.7005.
For more information, visit http://saturdaynightspectacular.com.