HEAT and the Buoniconti Fund Join Forces to Help Raise Awareness and Funds to Find a Cure for Paralysis

Events Planned For The March 12th Game Against Chicago And Will Include A Special Halftime Presentation With Marc Buoniconti 

MIAMI, 3/11 - Marc Buoniconti, president of The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, will join the Miami HEAT for a special evening on Friday, March 12 as they take on the Chicago Bulls at the AmericanAirlines Arena.  At the game, there will be awareness and outreach on behalf of The Buoniconti Fund’s efforts to support spinal cord injury research at The Miami Project, the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center which is based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  Marc Buoniconti will make a special award presentation at halftime to the Miami HEAT family in recognition of their support of The Buoniconti Fund and The Miami Project. 

Said Marc Buoniconti, “We are proud to have this special game to share with the Miami HEAT family and look forward to sharing our message of a cure for paralysis with the team and its fans.  By allowing us to be a part of the amazing game of basketball, they are helping us move closer to a cure.” 

There are a number of special Buoniconti Fund / Miami Project charity elements planned for the evening including a raffle. Each purchaser of game tickets through the website, http://groups.heatexperience.com/miamiproject, will enter the buyer into a halftime drawing for great prizes like; two tickets to The Buoniconti Fund’s Great Sports Legends Dinner in New York City, September 27, 2010, a phenomenal vacation getaway package and an autographed Dwyane Wade photo. These unique raffle items are available only to those who purchase their tickets on the official group website. 

“I have known Micky and Madeleine Arison for many years and their record of giving personally and through their amazing organizations, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund and Carnival, is without peer. We are so fortunate to have the Arisons and the entire Miami HEAT family as longtime friends and supporters of The Buoniconti Fund and The Miami Project,” said Miami Project Founder and NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti. 

In addition, representatives from The Buoniconti Fund will be on hand at the information tables located outside Section 102. Fans will also have the opportunity to get personally involved by donating to the charity by texting 501 501 to STANDUP to make a $5 donation.  

Specially priced HEAT tickets will be available at a discounted rate with a portion of the proceeds of all tickets sold though the website being donated back to The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis / Th/e Miami Project. 

To buy these tickets, and be entered into the raffle, please follow the online (http://groups.heatexperience.com/miamiproject) instructions.  Your Special Offer Code is: Cure. Tickets are limited and will be available on a first come first served basis. (All tickets at the special rates must be ordered through the website listed above.)  For more information please call Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard at 305-243-4656 or e-mail saagaard@miami.edu

About The Buoniconti Fund

In 1985, Barth A. Green, MD and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti helped found The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis after Nick’s son, Marc, sustained a spinal cord injury during a college football game. Today, the Miami Project is a Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and is the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center.  The Miami Project, housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center, has an international team of more than 200 scientists and clinicians who take innovative approaches to the challenge of spinal cord injury. Committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again, the Buoniconti family established The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis in 1992, a non-profit organization devoted to assisting The Miami Project achieve its national and international goals. 

The Miami HEAT is proud to welcome Assist-Card as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2009-10 season.