The Miami Dolphins Foundation hosted its largest annual event featuring current players, alumni and cheerleaders, FinsWeekend. The three-day extravaganza featured an exciting weekend of golf, fishing and celebrities. In all, FinsWeekend raised more than $600,000 for the Miami Dolphins Foundation, whose mission is devoted to providing and supporting signature education, health, youth athletic programs and volunteer activities that inspire and engage communities throughout Florida.
“This is such a unique event,” Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee said. “I don’t think there is anything like it in sports.”
Now in its 15th year, FinsWeekend has grown into the signature fundraising event for the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
“In our first year, we had 23 boats and raised about $30,000. This year, we had over 80 boats and raised $600,000,” said FinsWeekend Chairman Jeff Peck.
The festivities began with the Celebrity Draw Party, presented by Sun Life Financial in the Harry Soffer room at Fairmont Turnberry Isle. The following day, celebrities, Dolphins players and alumni hit the greens at Fairmont Turnberry Isle’s award-winning golf course in Aventura for the FinsWeekend Golf Tournament. The golf tournament was followed by a luncheon presented by Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. The winning golf team included Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne, Tony Segreto, Jack Paltani and Mike Mominey, who represented Nova Southeastern and posted a tournament low score of 57.
Later that evening, the popular Hook & Tackle Captain’s Party took place at the Miami Beach Marina, which featured entertainment and a silent auction. At the dinner, Dolphins fullback Lousaka Polite was named the winner of the 2010 Nat Moore Community Service Award.
The following morning, amateur and professional anglers gathered at the Miami Beach Marina for the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament, presented by eDiets.com. In the afternoon, all fishing participants got together for the “Hooters Weigh-in” where Contender 1, captained by Joe Neber, outweighed Mercury’s O-Sea-D by 13.5 pounds to claim the top overall prize.
For more information about Fins Weekend and other charitable events hosted by the Miami Dolphins, please call the Community Relations department at (305) 943-7200 or visit dolphins.com. Photos courtesy of Miami Dolphins