The 2012 OBIE Awards
Orange Bowl handed out $100,000 in donations and $15,000 in scholarships as well as awarded community champions.
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Miami Lakes, FL (www.orangebowl.org) – Celebrating a new name and evening of outstanding community service and scholastic achievement, the Orange Bowl Committee (OBC) will hold its annual Orange Bowl Impact and Excellence (O.B.I.E.) Awards presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Florida Blue and supported by Publix Super Markets on May 11, 2012 at the Broward County Convention Center.
The O.B.I.E. Awards presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Florida Blue and supported by Publix Super Markets was previously known as the Orange Bowl Field of Dreams Scholarship Benefit. However, the focus of the event will remain: to not only exemplify the mission of the Orange Bowl Committee to positively impact the lives of South Florida’s children, but recognize those individuals who share the Committee’s goals of selflessly giving back and inspiring South Florida’s youth.
Jason Taylor, former All-Pro Miami Dolphins defensive end, will be awarded the Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Impact Award, which honors an individual who has made a significant impact in South Florida. The award is presented annually to a groundbreaker who has helped open doors and made an impact for others to have better lives. Taylor joins a prestigious list of past Keith Tribble Impact Award winners including Bill Fauerbach, Jonathan Vilma, Randy Shannon, Alonzo and Tracy Mourning, and Tribble himself.
The OBC will present the following three O.B.I.E. Awards which celebrate a commitment to the community, amateur sports and displays of courage.
Orange Bowl Keith Tribble Impact Award:
Jason Taylor, Former Defensive End, Miami Dolphins
Orange Bowl Community Service Excellence Award:
100 Black Men of South Florida, Inc.
Orange Bowl Amateur Sports Leadership Award:
Marcia Pinder, Head Girls Basketball Coach, Dillard High School
Orange Bowl Special Recognition:
Sam Johnson (posthumously), Co-Founder, Liberty City Optimist Club
Orange Bowl Jr. Courage Award:
To be presented to a participant of the Orange Bowl Youth Football Alliance presented by Sports Authority who displays courage on or off the field, including overcoming injury or physical handicap, or living through hardship.
In addition six student athletes (one male and one female from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) will each receive a $2,500 scholarship, and several local organizations will receive grants from the Orange Bowl for their outstanding community work.
Highlighting the night’s entertainment is Boyz II Men. The GRAMMY awarding winning R&B group has sold over 60 million records worldwide and joins a long list of headlining acts to perform at the Orange Bowl’s annual community benefit presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Florida Blue and supported by Publix Super Markets.
Tickets to the event can be purchased by visiting www.orangebowl.org or by calling (305) 341-4701. Tickets to the event are as follows:
$2,000 (Preferred seating table of 10, name recognition as a table sponsor, personal wine service and complimentary parking)
$1,500 (Table of 10)
$150 (Individual tickets)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has partnered with the Orange Bowl sponsoring the annual benefit since the event’s inception 10 years ago. Joining Florida Blue to celebrate scholastic achievement and outstanding community service is supporting sponsor Publix Super Markets. Additional event sponsors include Deloitte, FedEx Express, TD Bank, Stella Artois, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Inc., Sun Life Stadium/Miami Dolphins and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.
2012 OBIEs Scholarship Recipients
High School: John A Ferguson High School
College Attending: Florida State University
Accomplishments: 2011 4A District 8 Team Champions, 2011 4A Region 4 Team Champions, 2011 Long Jump District Champion, 2011 800m District Runner-up, 2012 GMAC 800m Champion, 2012 GMAC 4x800 Champion, Superior Honor Roll, American Mathematics Competitions certificate, Principal’s Honor Roll, Cross Country 9th-12th grade, Basketball 12th grade, and Track and Field 9-12th grade.
High School: Robert Morgan Ed. Center
College Attending: Florida A&M University
Accomplishments: Silver Knight Club, Future Business Leaders of America, 5,000 Role Models of Excellence, Participants of 2011 Men of Tomorrow, 2012 Youth Day Speaker for Historic St. Agnes Episcopal Church, Recipient of National Youth Day Community Service Project grant, Football (9th, 10th, 12th) grade, Basketball 9th – 12th grade, and Badminton.
High School: West Broward High School
College Attending: Florida International University
Accomplishments: Broward County All-Star Volleyball team, two honorable mentions for sports writing at the Florida Scholastic Press Association, delegate for The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Children’s Congress, captain of the volleyball team freshman and sophomore year, and Volleyball 9th – 12th grade.
High School: Miramar High School
College Attending: West Virginia University
Accomplishments: Honor Roll, National Honor Society Invite, community service including feeding the homeless, street clean ups, home clean ups for elderly, and Football 9th – 12th grade.
High School: Seminole Ridge High
College Attending: University of West Florida
Accomplishments: Choreographer and leader for the Dance Performing Art Class, Vice President of Fundraising for the Diversified Career Technology club, participant of the Interact Club, Honorary member of the French Honor Society Club, 2011 Coach Award, 2009 Freshman of the Year, Cross Country 12th grade, Basketball 9th grade, Track and Field 9-12th grade, and Soccer 12th grade.
High School: Pompano High School
College Attending: University of South Florida
Accomplishments: JROTC, Interact Club, Student Government, President of Crime Watch, Founder of Men on Point, 2010 -2012 Most Valuable Player for Varsity Basketball, 2010-2011 Outstanding Dedication for Future Planning INC, 2009 Most Dedicated Varsity Football Player, Football 9th - 12th grade, Basketball 9th - 12th grade, and Track and Field 9th - 12th grade.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida has partnered with the Orange Bowl as the Title Sponsor of the OBIE Awards since the event’s inception. Joining Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida to celebrate scholastic achievement and outstanding community service is presenting sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc., Coaches Club sponsors Deloitte, FedEx Express, and TD Bank. In addition to the Title, Presenting and Coaches Club Sponsors are Associate Sponsors Delta Business Solutions, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB, Gold Coast Beverage Distributors, Stella Artois, and Sun Life Stadium & the Miami Dolphins.
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