2009 Seminole Tribe of Florida Jason Taylor Celebrity Golf Classic Raises More Than $300,000
“A Night in Paradise” Tropical Dinner & Charity Auction Poolside at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel
Jason Taylor, the 2007 NFL Man of the Year, hosted the sixth annual Seminole Tribe of Florida Jason Taylor Celebrity Golf Classic Presented by Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler on March 29-30, 2009. Taylor kicked off the festivities on Sunday, March 29 with a Tropical Dinner and Auction held poolside at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel in Hollywood, Fla. The event concluded on Monday, March 30 with a day of golf at Grande Oaks Golf Club in Davie. More than $300,000 was grossed over the weekend, with proceeds benefitting the Jason Taylor Foundation, Holtz Children’s Hospital and Take Stock in Children.
Sunday’s dinner truly was “A Night in Paradise” as the Hard Rock’s lagoon-style pool area featuring a rock mountain and waterfall was adorned with fire and pool dancers, a giant sandcastle, tiki torches and South Beach lounge-style outdoor décor. Taylor was joined by an All-Star guest list that included Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino, hockey legend Mario Lemieux, Dolphins Pro Bowl running back Ronnie Brown, Pop Star Chris Kirkpatrick (*NSYNC), Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis Colts All-Pro), Wes Welker (New England Patriots Pro Bowl wide receiver), Jonathan Ogden (ten-time NFL All-Pro), Myron Rolle (Rhodes Scholar), Morten Andersen (NFL’s All-Time leader in points scored), Chris Doleman (eight-time Pro Bowl performer), O.J. McDuffie (two-time Miami Dolphins MVP), Dwight Stephenson (Pro Football Hall of Famer), Craig Ehlo (14-year NBA veteran) and others.
Guests were entertained by Latino Fire throughout the cocktail reception, followed by the Valerie Tyson Band for the remainder of the evening. Joe Rose of NBC-6 and WQAM, joined Jason on stage as they introduced the evening’s key dignitaries, including Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Mitchell Cypress, Rolando Rodriguez of the Jackson Memorial Foundation, who was joined by Akeem Dollard, a patient at the Holtz Children’s Hospital, and Tatiana Jackson, one of 18 new Jason Taylor Scholars as part of the Foundation’s partnership with Take Stock in Children.
Tee-off at Grande Oaks Golf Club began Monday morning as Cris Carter (former NFL All-Pro), Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat All-Star) and Grammy Award-winning drummer Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) joined in on the action. Following a round of golf, in which the team led by Torres claimed first place, Dan Marino ended months of suspense by drawing the winning ticket for the 2009 Scion tC raffle. Jeff Foster of Payventures, LLC was the proud winner of the new car, donated by JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. In an amazing act of generosity, Foster turned around and donated the proceeds from the Scion back to the Jason Taylor Foundation.
In addition to the Seminole Tribe of Florida and Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, other major contributors to the Jason Taylor Celebrity Golf Classic include 3CInteractive, ANF Group, Behnke & Associates Insurance, Carnival, Cubavera, Dada, Duane Morris, Dynasty Apparel, Gerlinde & Michael Photography, Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust, Hargrave Custom Yachts, Heritage Travelware, Hooters, Improv of Hollywood, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., JM Lexus, Jordan Brand, JuiceBlendz, NameDrop, NeoStar Sports & Entertainment, Neutrogena, Pepsi, Perry Ellis International, Pro Tect Management, Publix, Redline Media Group, Renato Watches, Segall Bryant & Hamill, Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC and Wescott Financial.
About Jason Taylor Foundation
The Jason Taylor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need by focusing on improved health care, education and quality of life. For more information on the Jason Taylor Foundation, please call (954) 424-0799 or visit www.JasonTaylorFoundation.org.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino provides quality guest experiences where South Floridians can play, stay, dine, and shop. Eighty-seven tables offer Blackjack, Baccarat, Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, and Let it Ride on a nearly three-acre casino floor. Play one of the more than 2,300 Vegas-style slots including the Native-American casino linked Multi-Area Progressive Jackpots and Mega Jackpots. Separate high-limit rooms for table games and slots, in addition to a non-smoking room are available for guests to enjoy. Loyal Player’s Club members experience an exclusive VIP Plum Lounge and celebrity show kitchen. Convene in The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise for Texas Hold ‘em, limit Texas Hold ’em, Seven Card Stud and two dollar and four dollar limit Omaha Hi Lo games. Located inside the casino is Hard Rock Café-Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 123 globally recognized rock ‘n roll themed restaurants. The AAA, Four Diamond rated resort showcases 500 luxurious guest rooms, 16 restaurants and lounges, 40,000-square-feet of meeting room space, a European-style spa, auto salon, 22 retail shops, 14 nightclubs, Paradise Live, and Hard Rock Live. Located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way. For more information, call (954) 327-ROCK, 1 800-937-0010 or visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com.