26 professional athletes participated in the inaugural Dwight Stephenson
Hall of Fame Golf Classic on April 14, 2008. Close to $100,000 raised.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - - - Major business executives from throughout South Florida played golf with some of America’s greatest professional football athletes during the inaugural Dwight Stephenson Foundation Hall of Fame Golf Classic. The sold-out event filled the magnificent golf course at the Weston Hills Country Club in Weston Hills, Florida.
The two-day fundraiser began on April 13th with a VIP reception at the Pangaea Lounge at the Seminole Hard Rock Café in Davie, FL. The tournament teed off the next morning with breakfast, 18 holes of golf, silent auction and awards luncheon all held at Weston Hills.
“It was very important to us to have an event that would help us increase our financial support to worthy organizations that improve the lives of children and families of South Florida. We also wanted it to be fun. It’s a great feeling to have met both of these goals” says Dwight Stephenson, board chairman and CEO of D. Stephenson Construction, Inc.
The celebrity athletes in attendance at the two-day fundraiser were Cornelius Bennett, Bennie Blades, Kim Bokamper, Marvin Brown, Bob Brudzinski, Jeff Dellenbach, Autry Denson, Troy Drayton, Manny Fernandez, Darrell Fullington, John Hannah, James Jones, Terry Kirby, Bob Kuechenberg, Larry Little, Curtis McGriff, George Mira, Nat Moore, Earl Morrall, Eugene “Mercury” Morris, Don Nottingham, John Offerdahl, Joe Rose, Twan Russell, Dwight Stephenson, Lawrence Taylor and Lorenzo White.
“The inaugural Dwight Stephenson Hall of Fame Golf Classic was a huge success with great weather, great gifts, great golf, great food and lots of fun, says Ruth T. Cyrus, President of the Board of Trustees of the Dwight Stephenson Foundation and Vice President of Oasis Outsourcing. She continues: “Most importantly, we raised a significant amount of money to help children and families in South Florida”.
Some of the Broward and Palm Beach Counties charities to benefit from the two-day event include the American Diabetes Foundation of Broward, the Boys & Girls Club of Broward & Palm Beach Counties, the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Broward and the Urban League of Broward.
Major sponsors for this tournament were Office Depot Foundation, James A. Cummings, Inc., Moss & Associates, and D. Stephenson Construction, Inc.
Dwight Stephenson and his wife Dinah Stephenson are both residents of Delray Beach, Florida and recently established the Dwight Stephenson Foundation in an effort to continue and expand their community service. The foundation is creating an opportunity to engage more professional athletes in philanthropy to help raise money for needy children and families.
The mission of the Dwight Stephenson Foundation is to leverage the sports and business communities in an effort to raise money to help support programs for children and families in the areas of education, health and human services in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties. The annual Dwight Stephenson Hall of Fame Golf Classic is one of the fundraising activities of the Foundation.
In 1980, Dwight Stephenson was a second-round pick and the 48th player selected in the 1980 NFL Draft to play professional football for the Miami Dolphins where he played for the famous coach Don Shula. Stephenson played in 107 straight games and started in 80 consecutive games until the 1987 players’ strike ended the streak. He was also the starting center in the 1982, 1984 and 1985 AFC championship games and in Super Bowls XVII and XIX. In 1985, Dwight was the recipient of the NFL’s Walter Payton’s Man of the Year Award. Dwight’s football accomplishments were grand and he is considered one of the best football Centers to ever play in the NFL. His football feats were permanently recognized when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in year 1998. Dwight was also one of the first African American’s to play Center in the NFL history. Dwight retired from the Miami Dolphins in year 1987.
More than 15 years ago, Dwight and his attorney wife Dinah founded D. Stephenson Construction, Inc. which is headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. An enterprising couple, the Stephenson’s also own First Equity Title located in Delray Beach, Florida.
For information regarding the Dwight Stephenson Foundation visit the website at www.dwightstephenson.org or call 954-315-7020.