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June 08, 2006 - Dave Barry & Special Athletes honor '06 Inspire Greatness Honorees

Where: Four Seasons Hotel

When: Thursday, June 8, 2006

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Beneficiary: Special Olympics of Miami-Dade County

Host(s): Special Guest Host: Dave Berry

Master of Ceremonies: Mark E. Thompson, Executive Director Special Olympis Miami-Dade County

Honoree(s): North Miami Beach Optimist Club, for providing key volunteer, entertainment, games management, awards and opening ceramonies support for Special Olympics annual Track and Field Event; The Miami-Dade County Public Schools whose support greatly impacts Special Olympics' ability to cary out their mission, and Telemundo Television Network for bringing attention to Special Olympics with their 2005 Christmas program, Noche de Pas, which featured a Miami-Dade Special Olympics Athlete.

EMCEE: Jawan Strader, CBS News 4 reporter and anchor

Presenting Sponsor(s): Gold: Publix Super Markets, Inc., Miami Monthly Magazine and Northern Trust Bank

Gala Chairperson(s): Courtney R. Thompson

Executive Director: Mark E. Thompson

Committee Members: Executive Committee Members: Josh Babayak, Ana Blandon, Don Brashears, Mario Careaga, Diana Fitzgerald, Miguel Jaitt, Ana Maria Miyares, Carlos Pena, Jorge E. Silva, Mark Tamis, Carlos Trueba, Tere Benach, Michael Boucher, Edward "Chip" Burr III, Mike Disney, Rick Freeburg, Anthony Merlino, Turner Nashe, Jr., Rep. Julio Robaina, Jawan Strader, Courtney R. Thompson, Michael Tyler

Staff: Ricky Hemingway, Director of Training & Competition; Alberta Smith, Secretary, russieTighe, Athlete Registraton; Andy Miyares, Receptionist;, Jill Schuetz, Volunteer, Special Projects.

Welcome: Jawan Strader, CBS 4 Reporter and Anchor

Entertainment: The Music of Nicole Henry

Of note: The presence of will known professional athletes, past and present, who come to not only honor the 2006 Inspire Greatness Honorees but the young athelets from Special Olympics Miami-Dade County

Sponsors: SILVER: Delano/Shore Club, Holly Real Estate, Dental Health Group, Comercebank, Jill Schuertz & Friends. BRONZE: COX Radio Group, Miami; Rodriguez, Truba & Co., P.A.; Baptist Health South Florida; Courtney Thompson Marketing & Management; Jesus Fuertes; World Class Master Artist; Risa Dental Centers. FRIENDS: Mario Careaga, Professional acquisistions & Conversion, Collection Privee, Boucher Brothers, Men's Wearhouse, StateRepresentative Julio Robaina, Starmark Corporation, ABB Optical, Ocean Bank, 7:00 AM Crew, Ron Thompson/Kerdyk Real Estate, Argenta & Costa, Triton Financial Group, PTG Management, Ricardo & Katherine Miyares, Jill Scheutz & Friends, Baywatchers.

Gala Production: Wendy Zipes Hunter & Doug Leeman, Celebrity Concepts Marketing

Attire: Black Tie and Cocktail

Special Thanks: Bacardi USA, Inc., Dave Barry, Southern Wine and Spirits, Jawan Strader from CBS 4 News, Lofty Ideas Inc. and Derek Cole

Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino

The Blacktie Photo Gallery is sponsored by:

 Special Olympic Medalist Andy Miyares &  Guest Host  Dave Barry
Special Olympic Medalist Andy Miyares & Guest Host Dave Barry

The 2006 Inspire Greatness Awards Event honoring North Miami Beach Optimist Club, Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Telmundo Televsion Network to benefit Special Olympics Miami-Dade County was an inspriraton from start to finish.

Emcee Jawan Strader, Anchor/Reporter with CBS 4 and Special Guest Host, Dave Barry,along with Former Dolphin Legend Bob Kuechenberg; World Series Champion, AllStar and 4 times Golden Glove winner Charles Johnson; LA Lakers Champions & International Player of the Year, David Rivers; Columbia - 2000 Olympics Track and Field competitor, Jimmy Pino; Dominican Republic 2000 & 2004 Olympics Judo competitor, Jose Vicbart Geraldino; and, three time Grammy winner Jon Secado all came to honor the 2006 Honorees as well as the young Special Olympic Medal winners. 

Beautiful works of art by Maestro Jesus Fuertes were on display for the Silent Auction.  The Maestro was born in Madrid, Spain the son of an intellectual bohemian poet whose friends included international artists like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Federico Carcia Lorca, Rafael Alberti & others. 

Other artists and auction items were displayed in a wonderful setting in downtown Miami at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Guest Host Dave Barry and Emcee Jawan Strader started off the evenings presentations with levity and got the attention of the guests with their enthusiastic support of the Special Olympics. A special video was shown to the guests of the Special Olympic athletes in competition and supporters in other aspects of Special Olympics.

The Special Olympics Miami-Dade County, serves more than 3000 athletes and families in the Miami-Dade County area, and as Courney R. Thompson, 2006 Inspire Greatness Chairperson wrote, "gives hope to Athletes & Families alike".  She also said "Inspire Greatness 2006 is about celebrating our future as well as our celebrate our contributions tonight, celebrate the Athletes and the work we are doing together".

Awards were presented by Bob Kuechenber to North Miami Beach Optimist Club; Charles Johnson presented the award to the Miami Dade Public Schools and Jon Secada presented to Telemundo Network.

Music was provided by Nicole Henry

Support for this event came from the  the Honorees, the sponsors, the guests, the athletes of our community and the Special Olympic Medalists.














Special Olympics; Mark Thompson, Executive Director; Sheldon Anderson, President Northern Trust Bank, Miami; Bill Fauerbach, Vice President, Miami Division, Publix Supermarkets, Inc., J Guilerma Villar, President Commercebank; William Holly, CEO, Holly Real Estate; Brian Keeley, President and CEO, Baptist Health South Florida; Elena Carpenter, Publisher, Miami Monthly; Mark Tamis, General Manager, Delano; Mathew Pargament, General Manager, Shore Club; Michael Disney, VP and General Manager, COX Radio, 97.3 The Coast & 93 Rock & Courtney Thompson, CEO, Thompson Marketing and Management cordially thank all for thier attendance and support of the 2006 Inspire Greatness Awards event, benefiting Special Olympics Miami-Dade.

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