Get into the Groove

Alonzo Mourning, left, and Dwyane Wade

By Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

In its 13th year, The Summer Groove (formerly Zo’s Summer Groove) brings four days of events as NBA champs Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade join forces to host this summer tradition.

So whether you fancy golf, comedy, music, fancy dinners, block parties and/or all-star basketball games, July 9 – 12 promises a weekend jam-packed with fun. And most importantly, all proceeds benefit Alonzo Mourning Charities and the Wade’s World Foundation.

The fun starts on Thursday, July 9, at 9 a.m. with a Golf Tournament at Doral Golf Resort & Spa (8755 NW 36th St.). A spot in the tourney is a mere $1,000.00, but entitles you to a premium gift bag filled with golf gear upon arrival, a welcome breakfast, unlimited bites and libations provided by local restaurants (among them 660 Mediterranean, Dave & Buster’s, Hooters, Kitchen at the Anglers, Lucky Strike, Prime 112, Prime Italian and Smith & Wollensky), contests and post-event award reception.  Not to mention that you will be golfing alongside Mourning, Wade, and a bunch of their friends from the sports and entertainment world (such as Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz, Vonte Davis of the Miami Dolphins, CNN reporter Roland Martin, Randy Moss of the New England Patroits, Jason Taylor of the Miami Dolphins, fomrer NBA players Penny Hardaway, Allan Houston, Glen Rice, and James Worthy and former NFL players Marcus Allen, Cornelius Bennett, Keith Byars, Kijana Carter, Eric Dickerson, Terry Glenn, Lorenzo Hampton and Bruce Smith).  To register, please contact: or call 305-476-0095, ext. 131.

Cedric the Entertainer hosts the ZSG Comedy Show at Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way Fort Lauderdale.) on Friday, July 10 at 8 p.m. The show also features Aries Spears (best known from Mad TV), Gary Owens and Malik S. Tickets go for $100, $65, and $45 and are available through

On Saturday night, July 11, you are invited to experience “Deco after Dark,” a benefit dinner hosted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (1 Seminole Way, Fort Lauderdale) and Publix Charities. Guests will enjoy soulful jazz and blues and participate in a silent auction replete with luxury items, one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, and personal experiences with sports and entertainment personalities.  The dinner begins at 7 p.m. and costs $500 per person or $5,000 per table of 10.  Contact or 305-476-0095, ext. 131 for more information.

Fun for everyone takes place on Sunday, July 12, from 1- 6 p.m. as Zo presents his notorious Block Party at the AmericanAirlines Arena (601 Biscayne Blvd.).  The event is absolutely free and features music, great food, giveaways, rides and entertainment from local and national performers.

Immediately following the Block Party, Carnival Cruise Lines presents the ZSG All-Star Basketball Game, during which Mourning and Wade challenge some of the biggest names in basketball inside the AmericanAirlines Arena. 

Highlighting the list of players are LeBron James from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets. All three were Wade’s teammates on the U.S. Olympic team that won the gold medal in 2008. Other top NBA players include Caron Butler (Washington Wizards), Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder), Larry Hughes (N.Y. Knicks), Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls).

Tickets range from $5 – $60 and are available through

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