Even during Super Bowl festivities happening throughout the week, celebrities still had something to say (and give) regarding the disaster in Haiti. NBA legend Alonzo Mourning, along with the help of Wayne Boich and Jerry Powers, hosted a private dinner and after-hours party February 4 at Boich’s penthouse residence. The star-studded event proved successful, with $100,000 in proceeds benefitting the “Athletes’ Relief Fund for Haiti,” an initiative founded by Mourning and Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade to support relief efforts.
Some celebrities in attendance were Chris Rock, Alex Rodriguez, Chris and Kim Kardashian, David Spade, Lance Bass, and many others in town for America’s most watched event. The event added to the more than $2 million already donated to the initiative’s support of Project Medishare’s efforts in Haiti.
Mourning and Dr. Barth Green, lead of Project Medishare and Professor and Chairman at the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, shared their experiences of those first critical hours post-earthquake. Recent images of the disaster were shown as their graphic stories were told.
Nothing but festivities followed atop the ICON building in Miami Beach, starting off with Boich welcoming everyone to enjoy the evening sponsored in part by Grey Goose Vodka and Bacardi. Dinner was served by Chef Myles Chefetz of Prime 112. With favorites such as Five Cheese Truffle “MAC” and Grey Goose L’Orange Colts Coolers served throughout the night, it was hard to resist the feel-good atmosphere.
“It’s great to see this group come together for Haiti when most of our focus is on the weekend of ball game festivities,” said Mourning.
Among the athletes that have already donated funds, Wade personally committed $175,000, or the equivalent of one game’s salary, to the cause. Mourning, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul each pledged $100,000 to the cause as well.
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