Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour Village and DEPARTURES Magazine Join Forces in Support of" Destination Fashion" to Benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis on Saturday, November 10, 2012

Academy Award winning actor Tommy Lee Jones and his wife Dawn Jones will be honorary event chairs

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bal Harbour Shops, Bal Harbour Village and DEPARTURES magazine are joining forces in support of The Buoniconti Fund's premiere South Florida event, "Destination Fashion" on November 10, 2012 at Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour, Florida. "Destination Fashion" is a unique evening including a spectacular fashion show presented by a world renowned designer who will make a personal appearance, an amazing concert performance by a high profile entertainer and numerous surprises.  Academy Award winning actor Tommy Lee Jones and his wife Dawn Jones will be honorary event chairs, which is attended by notables from the worlds of fashion, entertainment, sports and philanthropy to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, the fundraising arm of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Moving the event date from Saturday, March 3, 2012 to Saturday, November 10, 2012 provides the opportunity for DEPARTURES to create Destination DEPARTURES—dynamic programming and one-of-a-kind experiences—and include DEPARTURES readers, who are Platinum Card® and Centurion® members from American Express, to partake in what promises to be authentic luxury in support of this national cause and event.

DEPARTURES Vice President, Publisher Steven DeLuca commented:  "We're thrilled to be joining The Buoniconti Fund on this important benefit and are pleased to offer our partners exclusive access to connect with DEPARTURES' sophisticated and affluent readers at this one-of-a-kind experience in South Florida.  The campaign's signature events, including the fashion show and other stylish activities, truly speak to authentic luxury and elegance—characteristics that are at the core of the DEPARTURES brand."

The Buoniconti Fund Founder and NFL Hall of Famer Linebacker Nick Buoniconti stated: "I believe in partnerships and a winning team to accomplish our goals. Twenty-six years ago, American Express was one of the first corporations to join our team to find a cure for paralysis. Now, twenty-six years later, American Express is still standing up for those who can't and partnering with us on this one-of-a-kind event at Bal Harbour Shops to raise awareness and funds to help millions worldwide walk again."

THE BUONICONTI FUND - In 1985, Barth A. Green, M.D. 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 the world's most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center and a designated Center of Excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  The Miami Project's international team is housed in the Lois Pope LIFE Center and includes more than 250 scientists, researchers 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.

ABOUT DEPARTURES
Published by the American Express Publishing Corporation for American Express Platinum Card® and Centurion® members, DEPARTURES (http://www.departures.com), which can be followed on Twitter @DeparturesMag, publishes 13 editions within its international network that include the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria and Japan.

About Bal Harbour - A name forever associated with the ultimate shopping experience, Bal Harbour, Florida has developed into a must-visit travel destination with the addition of new hotels, gourmet restaurants, and celebrated cultural programs. With more than 100 of the most famous brands in fashion and jewelry, the open-air Bal Harbour Shops are a haven for fashionistas and well-heeled travelers. This chic enclave offers a range of stylish beachfront accommodations, including the exquisite ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa, the boutique Bal Harbour Quarzo, the iconic Sea View Hotel and the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort (opening in 2012).  New additions to the bustling restaurant scene include celebrity restaurateur Stephen Starr's Makoto restaurant and ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa's Mister Collins. Future dining additions include J&G Grill at the St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort. For more details, please visit www.balharbourflorida.com 

Media Contact:  Scott Roy, 305-243-8939 or sroy@miami.edu

SOURCE The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis




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