With a rare two days off in a row in this funky NBA season, Miami Heat broadcasters Tony Fiorentino and Eric Reid picked the right time to organize their sixth annual Call of the Game fundraising gala last night.
The wingding, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, lured about 600 people, including many local sports celebrities who also played in the Reid and Fiorentino golf classic Thursday at Turnberry Isle Miami.
Over the years, the two-day event raised more than $1 million for the Dade Schools Athletic Foundation and Lauren’s Kids, a child-abuse prevention program founded by Lauren Book, the daughter of super lobbyist Ron Book.
Not among the guests: The Miami Heat’s big three, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, or any other active Heat player for that matter.
“Not really,” Fiorentino said, rolling his eyes. “I’m sure the players are busy. It’s such a compact season we’re lucky we could get two days in a row without a game.”
Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra not only showed up, but also mingled with fans for several hours.
“It’s been a busy day,” Spoelstra said. “I actually took a car service from home (Coconut Grove) so I could watch game films on my laptop on the way here.”
A good number of guests had ties to the Miami Dolphins, including broadcaster Joe Rose, NFL Hall of Famer Bob Griese, and former Fins Randall Hill, Dick Anderson, Jeff Cross, Shawn Wooden, Jeff Dellenbach, Freddie Banks and James Pruitt. Naturally, the conversation centered on whether free agent QB Peyton Manning would be a good fit for Miami.
“He’ll be talking to the Dolphins,” said former QB Griese, enumerating in order the five cities Manning is currently visiting to find a new gig. “He says he hasn’t talked to the Dolphins yet, but he will. If he’s healthy, he’s got another two or three years left. He’ll be great here.”
For more charity galas throughout South Florida:
June 11 at 14 : 12 PM 0
June 10 at 18 : 15 PM 9
June 10 at 13 : 40 PM 0
June 2 at 17 : 57 PM 2