The Make-A-Wish Ultimate Sports Extravaganza & Auction

For the 17th consecutive year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida will offer local sports fans a magical night as they get up close with their heroes at Sports * Stars * Wishes . . . The Make-A-Wish Ultimate Sports Extravaganza & Auction.  Players, coaches, executives, and alumni from the Miami HEAT, Florida Marlins, Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, and the University of Miami Hurricanes will attend the unique event along with featured guest – the legendary Miami Dolphins head coach and Hall of Fame coach Don Shula.

The star-studded fundraiser (www.ultimatesportsauction.net) will take place on Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. This year’s theme is “Every Child Deserves to Wish” and will feature a cocktail reception, dinner program with live and silent auctions.

Athletes and South Florida sports figures will mingle with fans throughout the evening and take turns auctioning high-end items, one-of-a-kind experiences (such as two tickets to the 2011 Super Bowl to be played at the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium in Arlington, Texas), trips, entertainment and jewelry.

Host Tony Segreto will join Shula on the sports auction celebrity roster along with  Miami HEAT Head Coach Erik Spoelstra, Miami Dolphins Quarterback Chad Henne, former Miami HEAT Guard Tim Hardaway and NESN broadcaster Heidi Watney, just to name a few of the confirmed attendees.

Proceeds from the sports auction go toward granting the wishes of local children who have life-threatening medical conditions.  To date, this event has raised more than $3.5 million, enough to make dreams come true for 820 children in South Florida.

“We are a life-affirming organization that seeks to bring the power of a wish to every eligible child in our region,” said Make-A-Wish Foundation President/CEO

Norm Wedderburn.  “The ultimate sports extravaganza and auction is one of our largest annual fundraisers and provides the resources to reintroduce happiness to sick children and their families.”

Individual tickets for “Sports * Stars * Wishes . . . The Make-A-Wish Ultimate Sports Extravaganza & Auction” are available for $250.  The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa is located at 3555 South Ocean Drive in Hollywood, Florida.   For more information on sponsorships or to reserve seats call (888) 773-9474, extension 318.

Each year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida (www.sfla.wish.org), the 4th largest wish-granting chapter in the world, fulfills the wishes of more than 500 children in 13 South Florida counties.  With $5,000 the average cost of a wish, the nonprofit organization relies on fundraisers, corporate support, and donations from the public to bring hope, strength, and joy to families who need it most.

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