Over the years, the Orange Bowl has been able to invest millions of dollars in the South Florida youth and sports through support of intercollegiate athletics, education, events, organizations and causes, in addition to the tremendous economic impact it provides. At this year’s event, approximately $100,000 was given back to the South Florida community.
Proceeds for the OBIES go toward the Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Special Olympics Florida and the Orange Bowl the Leadership and Academy, which launched a pilot program in the Fall of 2014.
The Orange Bowl Committee and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida surprised nine year-old “Wish Kid” Edruanee by bringing her on stage to cook Macaroni and Cheese, with Chef Viviani. She was then told that her wish to go on a Disney Cruise with her family has been granted.
The Orange Bowl also honored an individual for his dedication to the South Florida community. Dwight Stephenson and his foundation were recognized for the significant impact they have made in the community with the Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Community Service Excellence Award.
Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Community Service Award
Miami Dolphin great and NFL Hall of Famer Dwight Stephenson is the Founder of The Dwight Stephenson Foundation. The 501 (c) 3 organization combines the sports and business communities in an effort to generate increased funding for charities that provide educational, health and human services to support the needs of children and families. The foundation generates funding for a variety of charitable organizations including United Cerebral Palsy, The Urban League of Broward County, The Boys and Girls Clubs and The American Diabetes Association, to name a few. Stephenson has successfully achieved his vision of combining his two passions – business and sports – to generate funds to further increase his support of charities that are near and dear to his heart.
Beneficiaries also included six high school senior student athletes from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties who will receive scholarships toward their college education.
Student Athlete Scholarships
Wolky Belancourt Coral Springs High School (football, wrestling, track and field)
Austin Cameron William T. Dwyer High School (football, wrestling, track and field)
Elizabeth Defelice South Broward High School (softball)
Prince Destinobles North Miami Sr. High School (basketball, cross country, track and field)
Samantha Perez Olympic Heights Community High School (softball)
Amarys Sanchez South Miami Sr. High School (badminton, cross country, soccer)