November 13, 2006 - The Russell Life Skills & Reading Foundation - "ART & ATHLETES"
What: Twan Russell former Miami Dolphin hosts celebrity Art Aucton to Benefit The Russell Live Skills & Reading Foundation
Where: Rick Case Luxe Collection, Weston, Florida
When: November 13, 2006
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Ticket Prices: $35 pp or $50.00 per couple
Beneficiary: The Russell Life Skills and Reading Founation - "Opening Books to Open Doors"
Host(s): Twan Russell, Former Miami Dolphin and community activist
Master of Ceremonies: Twan Russell and Former Miami Dolphin Legend, Nat Moore
Staff: FOUNDATION STAFF: EDUCATION DIRECTOR: Dr. Paul Mocombe; DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT: Ava-Gaye Hue, Esq.; OFFICE MANAGER: Kerry-Ann Kellyman & OFFICE ASSISTANT: Ellen Steward
Sponsors: Merrill Lynch, Publix, UPS, Rick Case Luxe Collection, Azzurro Café, Peroni, The Miami Dolphins, The Miami Heat, 790 The Ticket, Miller Brewing Company, Continental Connection/Gulfstream Air, Outback Steakhouse of Davie,Carolina Ale House, Dave and Buster's, Hooray's from Hollywood, Schakolad Chocolate Factory, Customized Promotional Resources, Inc., Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, HouseWall Garage System, Here's Help, Gatorade Sports Marketing, The Produce Connection, Inc. FEATURED ARTISTS: Gudrun Napp, Seth Levit, Carlos Navarro, Romero Britto, Todd Dawes, Michelle Molnar, Isaac Allen, Yaacov Heller, Elsa Carolina Muñoz, Jacquelyn Jackson Johnston, Angela Roell, Guy Harvey, Gordon "Ollie" Oliver, Carey Chen, Malcolm Farley, Ruth Karp, John Gallo, Brian Zepeda, Sergio Quinonez, Mounted Memories, Jimmy Osceola, Nelda Scrudder, Stephen Galla & Vinson Mitchell
Auctioneer: Nat Moore, Former Miami Dolphin
Board of Directors: Armando Rodriguez, Dottie Sillano, Cathy McCarthy, Kurt Murphy & Barbara Schechter,
Blacktie Photos by: Ginny Fujino
Twan Russell, Former Miami Dolphin; Damion McIntosh & Randy McMichael, Miami Dolphins & Shawn Wooden, Former Miami Dolphin
Former Miami Dolphins player and community activist, Twan Russell hosted the first annual Celebrity Art Auction "Art & Athletes: A Picure Perfect Event" on November 13, 2006 at the Rick Case Luxe Collection Showroom, to help raise funds to benefit The Russell Life Skills & Reading Founation.
A variety of art and sports memorabelia were available for guests to bid on during the silent auction and a special "live auction", with sports celebrity guest auctioneer, Former Miami Dolphin Nat Moore, providing the incentive and inspiration to the guests to open their checkbooks and take out their credit cards for this worthy cause. Items included two tickets for the 2007 Super Bowl to be played in Miami, Florida.
This event provided guests with a chance to mix and mingle with other Foundation supporters and meet some of
In attending this event, guests will aid in the continuation of the Foundation’s mission of eradicating illiteracy among inner city youth.
You might want to call this event, "Art, Athletes and Automobiles", with the setting of the event taking place at Rick Case Luxe Collection where beautiful luxury cars were on display among the art and the music provided by jazz musician Jesse Jones, Jr. and his group of musicians.
Food was provided by local restaurants including, Outback Steakhouse of Davie, Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Dave and Buster's, Caroline Ale House, Schakolad and Azzurro Cafe Restorante Italiano and beer and wine to compliment the dishes served by the contributing restaurants.
Artist L.A. Charnack, could be seen doing a live painting demonstration at the event. "Whether it be a sports action scene or a family portrait, the artist's mature insight brings each painting she does to a breath-taking conclusion."
"Opening Books To Open Doors"
Miami Dolphins linebacker, Twan Russell was concerned about the high illiteracy rate of inner city youth and the lack of educational reinforcement resources available to them. He and his mother, Mrs. Corliss Russell - a former educator, embarked on an awesome journey to eradicate illiteracy among high-risk groups. Together, they created the Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation, Inc.
As a young man, Twan's dreams came to fruition because of his interest in books. Now, his focus is to pass on a legacy of reading to this generation of youth and increase their chances of becoming productive and successful citizens. Having had to struggle and overcome his own adversity with reading, Twan decided to make a difference in the lives of at-risk elementary aged children faced with similar challenges. The Foundation currently serves more than 250 at risk youth in Broward and
While attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School in
Some highlights of his college football success include: leading the
After earning degrees in Broadcast Communications and Criminology at the
In light of an injury, Twan decided to retire from professional football in November 2004. Twan remains active in the community, making it a point to speak at functions and support causes that benefit those who are less fortunate. As a result of his contributions, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Iron Arrow Award, the highest award attained at the