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.”
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.
Leonardo DiCaprio was seen having lunch at Cecconi’s at Soho Beach House on Saturday afternoon.
After entering the Sony Open as a wild card in the women’s singles tournament, Miami resident and Tennis Pro Nadia Petrova bowed out in the early stages of Sony Open Tennis and used the remaining tournament time to catch up on some brow maintenance of her own at Rik Rak Salon. Petrova, the former world number three, beat Urszula Radwanska in the qualifiers and battled on to a second-round clash and lost to Sabine Lisicki.
In South Florida filming the third season of Emeril’s Florida, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse visited some of the area’s hottest restaurants. His stops included Meat Market on Lincoln Road where Emeril sat with Executive Chef Sean Brasel on Wednesday. The crew traveled up to Fort Lauderdale on Thursday and wrapped the season’s filming at Casa D’Angelo with culinary maestro Angelo Elia. After filming, Emeril and his team enjoyed their wrap dinner in the private wine dining room, where Chef Elia served up an abundance of authentic Tuscan dishes and wines from the award-winning 18,000 bottle wine collection.
Among the line-up at the SiriusXM lounge during Miami Music Week this year: Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Aoki, Hardwell, Martin Garrix and Dyro. The DJs spun in an intimate poolside setting for this three-day lounge that also had celebs in attendance such as Brian Grazer, Sky Blu from LMFAO, Nina Agdal, Reggie Bush and Mike Mackenzie, who sipped on cocktails provided by Smirnoff, Heineken and Vita Coco and received gifts by 808 Audio, House of Horology Watches and RAZON Sunglasses.
John Leguizamo was recently spotted at SUGARCANE raw bar grill dining with a party of eight.
Miley Cyrus dined at Cecconi’s last week, wearing a Balmain top while hanging out with her boys and was described as being “super nice.”
Art, music and memories were made during a special visit to Alonso Mourning’s Overtown Youth Center by EDM star Martin Garrix and artist Alexander Mijares. The afternoon of DJing and painting with the pros brought Miami Music Week to the Center’s students by teaching them the basics of music mixing and painting, and how music and art can work together in tandem. Garrix and Mijares danced with the students to Garrix’s worldwide hit Animals and then made the surprise announcement that each student would leave with Limited Edition Beats by Dre headphones. In addition, Mijares created an original piece for the event titled Animals after Garrix’s biggest hit with proceeds going to the Overtown Youth Center.
Karla McKinley celebrated her birthday at Zuma with daughter, jewelry designer Madison McKinley, who is presently at Parson’s in New York City, tennis star John Isner and other friends. Karla flew in from Dallas for the Sony Open and some Miami sunshine.