Darrell Gwynn Foundation Celebrates “The Kid” Turns 50 & Helps 50 Kids Presented by duPont Registry & Hosted by Ferrari – Maserati of Fort Lauderdale, Sept. 10

August 2nd, 2011

 Event to Celebrate Darrell “The Kid” Gwynn’s 50th Birthday and Launch the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Campaign to Help 50 Kids with 50 New Wheelchairs; DGF to Donate $17,000 Wheelchair to 13 year-old Sergio Nunez of Hollywood, Fla.

DAVIE, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation celebrates “The Kid” Turns 50 & Helps 50 Kids” presented by duPont Registry on Saturday, September 10 at 7 p.m. at Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale. The event is a celebration of life, mobility and independence. Guests will join Darrell Gwynn and his wife Lisa, as they celebrate his 50th birthday and the Darrell Gwynn Foundation launches its campaign to help 50 kids with 50 new wheelchairs. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for paralysis.


The event will be hosted by Rock With U Entertainment’s Ross Bielejeski. Inspired by ideas to reinvent the concept of entertainment, Rock With U goes beyond expectations to set the stage for a truly unparalleled experience fusing elements of music, emcees and presentations. Voted South Florida’s Best DJ for 2011 by BizBash Magazine, Rock With U can be found hosting South Florida’s most exciting events at some of its swankest venues including the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach, W Hotel Fort Lauderdale and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hollywood just to name a few.

The party will feature cocktails and innovative cuisine by Aaron’s Catering. Guests will experience innovative food presentations created by Aaron’s team of molecular lab chefs, executive chefs and master mixologists. Chef Brian Aaron brings food, art, and science together to create an unbelievable experience along with impeccable service. Aaron’s Catering will not only be a delight for the taste buds, but will also dazzle guests with their style and presentation.

Ferrari’s, extravagant décor and interactive entertainment will also be showcased at Darrell’s 50th Birthday Party. Guests will enjoy Ferrari-Maserati of Fort Lauderdale’s latest Italian masterpieces of auto engineering with several Ferrari’s and Maserati’s on display at the event. Models, dancers and a unique décor package will create the event’s modern take on the classic racing theme.

Upon arrival, guests will walk the red carpet and have the opportunity to take their photo with Darrell Gwynn’s original Coors Extra Gold Dragster, the last racecar Darrell drove before his accident in 1990 that left him paralyzed. The car will be exhibited on the red carpet.

The event will launch the foundation’s “Give the Gift of Mobility” campaign that gives donors the opportunity to purchase wheelchairs or parts of wheelchairs to support this campaign. At the event a live sale of power wheelchairs and power wheelchair parts will be emceed by motor sports media personality, Joe Castello. The proceeds from this auction will benefit the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s national Wheelchair Donation Program. There will also be a silent auction containing sports, music and travel items giving guests a chance to add to their memorabilia collections or enjoy a wonderful dining, spa, hotel or offshore fishing experience while supporting the charity.

In addition, that night guests will witness the magic of a wheelchair donation as the Darrell Gwynn Foundation changes another child’s life in just one moment. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, on behalf of its donors, will make a wheelchair donation to 13 year-old Hollywood, Fla. resident Sergio Nunez. Nunez, who will receive a $17,000 wheelchair, will be the first benefactor from the foundation’s new “Give the Gift of Mobility” campaign. Nunez has a developmental delay from a stroke he suffered at one-and-a-half years old.  His development was very slow, but he was able to walk and run by age five.  But he began to suffer from seizures, having up to 150 a day. He has had brain surgery twice to control the seizures.  The brain surgeries have left him with very limited mobility and he needs a power wheelchair as he prepares to start his schooling. The family could not afford to purchase a power wheelchair for Sergio and his health insurance denied his request to obtain one. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation, thanks to its donors and supporters, will step in to give Sergio the gift of mobility, freedom and independence. Sergio was referred to the Darrell Gwynn Foundation by the Miami Herald’s Wishbook.

Tickets to the event can be purchased for $250 on www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org. For information on the event or sponsorships please call (954) 792-7223 x.113 or email info@darrellGwynnfoundation.org. 

About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation

Founded in 2002 by Champion Drag Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide AWARENESS, PREVENTION, SUPPORT and ultimately a CURE for paralysis. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assistance Fund also supports the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally, the Patient Assistance Fund provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. This rapidly growing program reaches over 10,000 students annually at over 50 high schools. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for an established Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week with a resolution passed by the Florida Legislature in 2006. With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR, Rolltisserie by Southern Pride and many more generous sponsors, individual supporters and donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation continues to evolve as a leading foundation for those with spinal cord injuries. For more information please visit www.darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation









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