An Unbreakable Bond Premiere

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 4 - 2014


Tom Brokaw, Dr. Barth Green, Nick Buoniconti, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, & Bob Costas

Tom Brokaw, Dr. Barth Green, Nick Buoniconti, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, & Bob Costas

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

A-list locals joined a star-studded guest list recently for the world premiere of An Unbreakable Bond, a film by 19-time Grammy award winning producer, Emilio Estefan, that chronicles the relationship between NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti, his son Marc, and their thirty year struggle to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. The film debuted on Tuesday, March 11, as part of the Miami Film Festival at the Olympia Theater at The Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.  Special guests enjoyed a screening of the film, followed by a Q & A session and a party on the stage of the stunning theater, during which the Estefans mingled with guests and posed for photos with fans. 

Nick Buoniconti and Gloria and Emilio Estefan were joined by NBC news anchor, Tom Brokaw, and famed sportscaster, Bob Costas.  On behalf of the Gloria Estefan Foundation, the Estefans donated $100,000 to The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis following the screening.  In addition to the Buoniconti and Estefan family members, notables in attendance included Don Shula, Bob Griese, Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras, Nat Moore, Candela Ferro, Romero Britto, Lily Estefan and Dick Anderson.   

Estefan, who produced and directed the documentary, shared the following:  “It’s an honor and a privilege to share with the world this moving story about an incredibly unique bond between a father and his son.  Marc and Nick turned their tragedy into hope and inspiration for so many individuals and families who are impacted by paralysis each year.  Their story hits close to home for me, as I experienced first-hand the struggles that Gloria endured after her paralyzing bus accident.  Thankfully, Gloria was blessed with a miraculous outcome and was able to walk again.  The Miami Project gives great hope to so many people and their dedication towards finding a cure for paralysis is so close.  My hope is that all families may experience the same miracle mine did.” 

An Unbreakable Bond is narrated by Buoniconti Fund Board Member and Grammy award winner, Gloria Estefan, and includes appearances by special friends and ardent supporters of The Miami Project including: Academy Award winning actor Tommy Lee Jones, award winning television journalists Tom Brokaw and Bob Costas, NFL Hall of Fame Coach Don Shula, and Golf Hall of Famer Jack Nicklaus.  We also hear first-hand accounts from the Buoniconti family recounting the devastation that Marc’s injury and their partnership with world-renown neurosurgeon Dr. Barth Green to develop the Miami Project, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, “that has gained the international prominence that and has changed the way in which the world looks at paralysis and a cure.”  


Juan-and-Robert-with-Bombay-Sapphire-modelsMixology Competition at the SONY Open 

As the Gold Sponsor of the annual SONY Open Tennis tournament, BOMBAY SAPPHIRE once again presented a fun and interactive Players Mix-off, where the top players competed off-court and behind the bar to shake up the perfect Sapphire Ace Collins cocktail. This year, Colombian doubles team, Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah competed against each other to concoct the official cocktail of the Sony Open.  The cocktail competition was hosted by Bacardi Portfolio Manager, Gabe Urrutia and BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Brand Ambassador, Gary Hayward, who was also one of the judges along with drink specialist, Tiffany Finn. After two intense rounds, the close competition ended in a fair tie, crowning both players winners of the 2014 SONY OPEN BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Players Mix-Off. 


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Funkshion: Fashion Week Miami Beach celebrated its 26th season last week in South Beach.  As with every season, Funkshion fused music and fashion with singers, dancers, and models, who entertained guests throughout the week.  Highlights included shows by HOLT, KrelWear, Indie True, Sotto and a live band made up entirely of military veterans hosted by producer Stephan Morris.  


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