Monthly Archives: March 2017

‘Complete Athletes Awards’ hosted by Atlantic Broadband

By Bari Auerbach

Broadcasting success, the Aventura Marketing Council/ Chamber of Commerce March breakfast meeting hosted by Atlantic Broadband recognized inspiring athletes who give back to their communities.

Lawrence Taylor and Donnell Bennett, NFL Alumni; Dawn Mitchell, Atlantic Broadband; Oronde Gadsden, NFL Alum; AMC Chairman Gary Pyott, FirstService Residential; Maia Mediavilla, Atlantic Broadband; Sam Madison and Daryl Porter, NFL Alumni; Jennifer, Atlantic Broadband; Faheem Ali, Complete Athletes; Floyd Raglin, Raglin Sports Marketing

Lawrence Taylor and Donnell Bennett, NFL Alumni; Dawn Mitchell, Atlantic Broadband; Oronde Gadsden, NFL Alum; AMC Chairman Gary Pyott, FirstService Residential; Maia Mediavilla, Atlantic Broadband; Sam Madison and Daryl Porter, NFL Alumni; Jennifer, Atlantic Broadband; Faheem Ali, Complete Athletes; Floyd Raglin, Raglin Sports Marketing

The event featured NFL alumni including: New York Giants Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, a two-time Super Bowl champ; Oronde Gadsden, Miami Dolphins, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers; Anthony Harris, Minnesota Vikings; Sam Madison, Dolphins and New York Giants; Donnell Bennett, Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Redskins; Daryl Porter, Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans; and Duane Starks, Baltimore Ravens, Arizona Cardinals and New England Patriots.

Faheem Ali, founder-president of Complete Athletes, served as emcee and presented Complete Athletes awards to panelists, who often help him on his student programs. Complete Athletes conducts training and development for student athletes as well as programs for college prep, life skills and professional development.

AMC Chair Gary Pyott of FirstService Residential and Atlantic Broadband Marketing Director Maia Mediavilla welcomed hundreds of business and community leaders gathered at Turnberry Isle Resort. . Expressing appreciation for their support, Ali presented honorary awards to Mediavilla and Floyd Raglin of Floyd Sports Marketing, who helped assemble the NFL panel.

Mediavilla noted, “Atlantic Broadband takes pride in supporting local businesses, civic and educational organizations. We thank the AMC for this opportunity to recognize local athletes for giving back.”

Addressing young athletes in the audience, Ali noted, “Our job at Complete Athletes is to be role models and let you know being successful is being a good man, a good father and a good individual. As Frederick Douglass said, ‘It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’”

The meeting’s next quarter focused on the athletes’ winning giving- back game plans.

Lawrence Taylor founded the Fore Life golf project with the mission to combine possibility, hope and success with the goal to create a facility strengthening nonprofit programs protecting and empowering children.  “I try to instill into the kids the philosophy my father passed on to me,” he said, “Just to be equal, you’ve got to be better than the next man.  Life can deal you setbacks but our kids know when they get knocked down and they’re lying on their backs, if they can look up, they can get up and win.”

Donnell Bennett organizes a toy drive for underprivileged children and is Director of Player Development for his alma matta, Cardinal Gibbons High.  He also supports Clearing the Way Asthma Foundation and All Pro Dad with NFL players, coaches and alumni promoting the importance of being a good father.

Oronde Gadsden started an original clothing line and now teaches at American Heritage High, He co-founded Outreach Global, which holds an annual Father Daughter Gala to strengthen bonds between dads and their daughters.

Anthony Harris is now on staff at Excelsior Charter School in Miami Gardens, where he helps “teachers teach and students learn without distraction.” He is very involved in coaching youth football and is a youth consultant for the Urban League of Greater Miami.

Sam Madison founded Madison Avenue 4 Kids, giving kids the thrill of attending football games. He is also involved in charities bestowing scholarships and  providing “necessities we take for granted that help kids be prepared for school.”

Daryl Porter, a South Florida native, works with autistic children and is a substitute teacher in Broward schools. He believes, “Kids need to see positives every day.”

Duane Starks founded the Starks Charitable Foundation, which has given over 150 scholarships to less fortunate kids; and established a financial literacy program for student athletes at the University of Miami. Inviting AMC members to play golf every Tuesday at courses in Miami-Dade and Broward with  him, Lawrence Taylor and other athletes, he said,  “I’m excited about being around a group that puts our past in the past and puts the kids’ future in the present,”

Atlantic Broadband is the ninth largest cable operator in the United States providing TV, high speed Internet and phone services to a quarter million subscribers in eight states.  Atlantic Broadband delivers topnotch products and personalized, responsive service. A new $6.3 million Fast Forward Miami initiative is now paving the way for wide-scale availability of gigabit Internet services and the addition of 50 new channels, most in HD.

At the end of the meeting, Mediavilla drew three business cards of AMC members who won promotional items from “Billions,” the acclaimed SHOWTIME series.

For more information visit atlanticbb.com and completeathletes.net

Joe DiMaggio Children‘s Hospital at Memorial hosts ‘Yankee Miracles’ author Ray Negron

By Bari Auerbach

Hitting it out of the park, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital at Memorial hosted an Aventura Marketing Council/Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting featuring Ray Negron, author of  “Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers,“ now being developed into a Broadway musical and television documentary.

AMC Chairman Gary Pyott, FirstService Residential; Chantal Leconte, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital; Karen Dresbach, Nat’l Multiple Sclerosis Society; Ray Negron, New York Yankees; Rick Sostre, Producer

AMC Chairman Gary Pyott, FirstService Residential; Chantal Leconte, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital; Karen Dresbach, Nat’l Multiple Sclerosis Society; Ray Negron, New York Yankees; Rick Sostre, Producer

Negron, a columnist and host of “Impact” on ESPN radio, has also written a series of best-selling children’s books, inspiring celebrities to lend their voices to the animated film “Henry & Me” about a young boy’s magical journey as he battles illness.

The Island Club at Williams Island was the premier venue for the event where all-star business and community leaders were welcomed by AMC Chair Gary Pyott of FirstService Residential. Chantal Leconte, CEO of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, part of Memorial Healthcare, spoke passionately about the medical teams that save children’s lives day after day. Leconte also spoke with great pride about the hospital’s fundraiser, the 8th annual Tour de Broward, featuring over 6,000 people who would run, walk and bike, to be held that weekend. Funds are raised each year to expand facilities and enhance programs and services for families that spend extended time dealing with a child’s health issues.

 

For helping to arrange Negron’s appearance, appreciation was expressed to Karen Dresbach, CEO of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of South Florida; and Rick Sostre, producer of “161st Street: A New York Fable”, the Broadway musical that will tell Negron’s real-life story.   Nine-time Grammy-winner and legendary singer-songwriter Jose Feliciano will composed the score.

Negron’s “Yankee Miracles” highlights the power of baseball to transform lives. In 1973, the incredible metamorphosis of a former “teenage street punk” took place when at 17 years old, Negron was caught spraying graffiti on the walls of Yankee Stadium by Yankees owner George Steinbrenner. Negron recounted the story of how Steinbrenner looked past his transgression and made him a bat boy. Ultimately, Negron became a successful sports executive, befriending many baseball greats including Joe DiMaggio, Billy Martin, Reggie Jackson, Yogi, Munson, Mantle, A-Rod and Jeter.

“I’m addicted to baseball, I love the game,” Negron said, emphasizing, “All George Steinbrenner ever did was make sure I was okay and doing the right thing. He didn’t overly- baby me because he wanted me to grow and do something with my life.”

 

Negron recalled how he was astounded when Steinbrenner invited him to dinner with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.  “They told me when performing in Vegas, Sammy couldn’t walk in the front door.   Sinatra said, ‘You want me here..... Sammy walks in with me.’  Sammy cried that day because he knew Sinatra understood that we are all the same and there’s no reason why we can’t all love each other.”

 

Sharing stories about his Hispanic heritage and his heroes, Negron reminisced about hobnobbing with Fankie Valli, José Feliciano and James Brown; meeting John Lennon with Reggie Jackson; and overhearing Joe DiMaggio tell Billy Martin, “’We must always watch out for and help the kids.’  In turn, I always felt that I had to go to the players and remind them to give back.  I thank god for my kids being healthy because that’s the most important thing in the world.”

 

Completely dedicated to children and their family members, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital at Memorial is now celebrating its 25th anniversary. Combining advanced technology and the expertise of the largest group of pediatric specialists in the region, the freestanding, full-service hospital provides a comprehensive scope of healthcare services; performs pediatric cardiac transplants; and will soon be performing pediatric kidney transplants. An expansion plan encompasses the addition of four floors to enhance an environment solely dedicated to providing children with quality services and the most compassionate care.

For more information, visit Jdch.com or phone: 954- 265-5324