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Thomas G. Abraham, founder of the StarArt Foundation and the Miami Centennial Committee, and the historian, Arva Parks, two chairpersons of the Miami Centennial ’96 committee, working in conjunction with South Florida pop artist, Romero Britto, developed the design for the official mascot for the Miami Centennial celebration. Parks’ design concept showed the character as a female, named “Sunny”, and whose head would be a representation of the sun. Abraham then took the concept to Britto, and asked him to design and donate the original art for the project. Britto, whose art has been used in conjunction with many charitable and civic projects, was pleased with the opportunity to be involved in Miami’s 100th Birthday Celebration. Working with the StarArt Foundation, the original concept and artwork were then turned over to Costume World in Pompano Beach. Costume World and Britto then worked diligently on a costume design that would bring Sunny to life. Sunny, the official mascot of the Miami Centennial ’96 was introduced to the media and the public on October 25,1995 at the filming of the Today Show in Miami, Florida. Sunny made her grand appearance ridding up to Bicentennial Park in a convertible Corvette with a cheering crowed and sounds of a marching band. Sunny was accompanied by other Florida sports’ mascots to help kick off the yearlong festivities. On stage with Sunny was international pop artist Romero Britto, City Commissioner Richard Plummer, Nestor Torres, acclaimed flute player, and Thomas Abraham with his son Anthony T. Abraham. Sunny was also asked to be the guest at the opening of the Homestead Race Track where she was the special guest star. Sunny took the official first run around the track with legend race car driver Bobby Alison . Sunny was also a special guest at the Florida Marlins game were she was escorted out onto the field with the founder of the Miami Centennial Committee Thomas Abraham and his two sons, Anthony and Sean. Sunny and the Abrahams presented Billy the Marlins with the official Miami Centennial gold coin, and baseball cap. Sunny also made an appearance at the Forbes Magazine famous yacht the Highlander at the port of Miami where a special group of Miami business men and woman were treated to a early night cruise around Miami. They were greeted by Sunny the Mascot as they boarded the yacht. Forbes magazine created a special section in their magazine featuring the allure of Miami Sunny made numerous appearances throughout the year as the official mascot for the City of Miami.

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