The Miracle Rock Concert Series
The StarArt Foundation launched the Miracle Rock concert series as its first endeavor, with the intention of finding new and young supporters for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for decades to come. The foundation coordinates with artists to make premium seats at major music events available to patrons and supporters.
Miracle Rock I
The “Hearts for Sale” concert and rock and roll auction was held on November 14, 1989 at Club Nu in Miami Beach, in conjunction with the Rolling Stones Steel Wheels world concert tour kicking off at the Orange Bowl in Miami Florida the next day. For this very special first Miracle Rock event, the StarArt Foundation invited Grammy winner and Blues legend Buddy Guy to perform at the event. Over 1,500 patrons gathered for an opportunity to be a part of history. The private party was attended by Mick Jagger and Bill Wayman of the Rolling Stones who were in town for the Steel Wheels concert. The great Buddy Guy made a tribute to Thomas and Susan Abraham’s first-born son who they named Anthony. International pop artist Romero Britto provided the original art for the event’s marketing materials. Miracle Rock I was for the benefit of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock II
Whitney Houston kicked off her world tour on June 11, 1991 at the Miami Arena. A special reception was held at the former Centrust Towers with over 800 patrons supporting the StarArt Foundation’s Miracle Rock II for the benefit of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Pop artist Romero Britto provided the original art for the event and produced an additional painting that he, along with Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Abraham presented to Whitney Houston.
Miracle Rock III
James Taylor’s concert was held at the Miami Arena. Pop artist Romero Britto, as well as Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Abraham presented James Taylor with a portrait painted by Mr. Britto as a gift from the StarArt Foundation. Miracle Rock III was for the benefit of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Mr. Taylor was very genuine in his support of the St. Jude and acknowledged the importance of organizations like it to continue to work towards finding cures for those catastrophic diseases that endanger the lives of the innocent.
Miracle Rock IV
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on February 21, 1993. A special pre-party was held at the Banker’s Club in downtown Miami and was sponsored by WLYF 101.5 FM. International acclaimed Brazilian born pop artist, Romero Britto, painted a portrait of Neil Diamond that was used for the creation of the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series. Mr. Diamond was very supportive of this Miracle Rock event, as he agreed to allow the foundation a tremendous amount of tickets. Miracle Rock IV was for the benefit of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock V
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on July 23, 1993. Internationally acclaimed Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto painted the official artwork that was used for the creation of the invitation sent out to the patrons of the Miracle Rock fundraiser concert series. Miracle Rock V was for the benefit of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock VI
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on August 22, 1993. Internationally acclaimed Chilean artist Carlos Arestis created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A special reproduction of the painting was presented to Tina Turner.
Miracle Rock VII
Luther Vandross & En Vogue
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on November 10, 1993. Internationally acclaimed Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock VIII
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on November 12, 1993. Internationally acclaimed Swiss artist Rolf Knie created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The original artwork created by Rofl Knie was also placed in his book as an acknowledgement of the event.
Miracle Rock IX
Harry Connick, Jr.
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on September 17, 1994. Internationally acclaimed Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto created the artwork of the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock X
The Rolling Stones
The concert was held at the Joe Robbie Stadium on November 25, 1994. Internationally acclaimed US based pop artist Kenny Scharf created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock XI
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on July 20, 1995. Internationally acclaimed Japanese artist Manabu Kochi created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock XII
The concert was held at the Sunrise Musical Theater on August 4, 1995. Internationally acclaimed Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock XIII
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on September 6, 1995. Internationally acclaimed – US based artist Rick Garcia created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock XIV
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on September 24, 1995. Internationally acclaimed Swiss artist Rolf Knie created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock XV
The concert was held at the Miami Arena on December 9, 1996. Internationally acclaimed artist Jesus Fuerte created an original work of art for the Miracle Rock event. The benefits went to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock XVI
The concert was held at the Coral Sky Amphitheater on March 1, 1997. Internationally acclaimed US based artist Helmut Koller created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for this fundraiser benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Miracle Rock XVI
The concert was held at the Coral Sky Amphitheater on March 1, 1997. Internationally acclaimed US based pop artist Kenny Scharf created the artwork that was used for the StarArt Foundation’s Poster Collection Series and marketing materials for the benefit of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Miracle Rock Award
This project is a collaboration between StarArt Foundation Founder Thomas G. Abraham and artist Pier Breccia. The Miracle Rock Award has been presented to numerous individuals who contributed their time and efforts to making a difference in the world.
In 1995 Pier Breccia, an Italian artist based in Rome, participated in the Miami International Art Show at the Miami Beach Convention Center. It was there that Mr. Thomas G. Abraham had the opportunity to meet the artist. As Mr. Abraham was walking through the isles of the Miami International Art Show he was impressed by the tremendous amount of fascinating art that was being exhibited at the show, however, the brilliance of the colors and compositions of Mr. Breccia’s art stood out to Mr. Abraham.Slide right to read more
Both Mr. Abraham and Mr. Breccia who was present at the show had an opportunity to discuss their love for art and interest in working together on future StarArt Foundation projects. It was not long after their first meeting that both Mr. Abraham and Mr. Breccia agreed to collaborate on the creation of the Miracle Rock Award. Mr. Abraham stated that he was personally grateful to Mr. Breccia for the the spectacular art work that he had created for the foundation, he also extended his sincerest appreciation to have established a long term friendship with Mr. Breccia and sang his praise of Mr. Breccia as a special and gifted artist who’s work will impact everyone who comes in contact with his art for centuries to come.
Mr. Breccia has also been involved in other projects by the StarArt Foundation such as the creation of the Freedom Tower Pictures logo and the Millennium Project.
The Gardner of God “Miracle Rock”
The cipher of the word is “the infinite power of God.” The angel is a symbol of the human spirit, both masculine and feminine with the crown of a poet, holding in its left hand the torch of hope. Form its right hand “the sacred amphora” pours the elements of rain, fire, and air as wisdom; flowing like water from the golden vase from which the human spirit emerges. The golden dish contains the symbols of nature and wisdom. And here is the miracle. The stone where the word is imprinted, like the tablets of the ten commandments, flourishes and turns into life and creativity. Thus, the stone of universal order through the dedication of the human spirit, became a “Miracle Rock.”Slide right to read more
Verse and Painting by P. A. Breccia commissioned by the StarArt Foundation
Mrs. Susan and Thomas G. Abraham presneting Jmaes Taylor with the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Plaque of Appreciation in support of Miracle Rock 111.
Mr. Thomas G. Abraham, founder of the StarArt Foundation, presenting Presendent Mickel Gorbashaw, USSR, with The Miracle Rock Award.
Ask About Miami
The StarArt Foundation acts as a conduit, providing the art for fundraising projects for various charities that otherwise would never have access to such a wealth of incredible international talent. In 1994 the foundation was asked to develop the original work of art that the City of Miami Chamber of Commerce would use in their “Ask Us About Miami” marketing campaign.
The marketing program was designed to help promote the City of Miami as a great place with diversity to do business and raise a family, promoting international appeal. The foundation asked international artist Rick Garcia to provide the artwork.Slide right to read more
The art provided by Garcia highlighted Miami’s sports, arts, natural resources, and special events. The Miami Chamber of Commerce developed brochures and special lapel pins that had the “Ask Us About Miami” signature slogan. The campaign exceeded its expectations in spiking the interest in what Miami has to offer.
Amidst the tropical scenery of downtown Miami, Olympic Champions and World Record Holders met at American’s Premier Road Mile event, The American Airlines Miami Mile. The Mile presented the finest in track and field superstars, with an impressive line-up including Florence Griffith Joyner (Triple Gold Medallists‚88), Fermin Cacho (1500m Gold-Barcelona ‚92), Peter Rono (1500m Gold-Seoul‚88), Bruce Jenner (Decathalon Gold-Montreal ‚76), and Steve Cram (Mile World Record Holder since ‚85).Slide right to read more
Featuring a unique multi-race format, The Mile offered the general public more than four hours of non-stop running competition culminating with the elite finals. Thousands of runners and spectators provided corporate partners targeted marketing opportunities, while Olympic stars awed millions of television viewers locally, nationally, and internationally. The American Airlines Miami Mile went the extra mile for sponsors, the media, the community, and invited everyone to join in at the starting line.
The StarArt Foundation worked closely with Mr. Peter Dolara, Senior Vice President of the American Airlines, and commissioned Miami artist Rick Garcia, to do the official poster for the American Airlines Miami Mile Race. Mr. Dolara was instrumental in providing the foundation with resources necessary to produce the official poster for the race and also paid for the production of a huge 48’x 16’ canvas that was used at the race as part of the finish line display. The race week was filed with festivities including a special dinner and awards banquets held downtown at the Four Seasons Hotel, where several of the world-class runners signed a limited number of official American Airlines Miami Mile posters. These posters have become part of the special sports collection that the StarArt Foundation donated to selected charities.Slide right to read more
“On behalf of the foundation I want to take this opportunity to extend to Mr. Peter Dolara and American Airlines our sincerest thanks and appreciation for the opportunity to provide the official artwork for the American Airlines Miami Mile Race. Without their uncompromising encouragement and corporate support we would not have had the great opportunity to participate in this exciting and historic moment in Miami sports history,” said StarArt Foundation Founder Thomas G. Abraham. “My dear friend Rick Garcia continues to create exciting and spectacular paintings that capture moments in a way that reflect spirit and life in motion. We want to extend our thanks and appreacation for his continued support and friendship and wish him continued success; he is truly one of a kind.”
Seasons of Miracles
The StarArt Foundation commissioned pop artist Romero Britto to paint a mural that would be installed at the St Jude Children’s Research Hospital as part of the new patient Care Center. Thomas Abraham, founder of the StarArt Foundation, and member of the Board of the St. Jude Children Research Hospital, dedicated the mural to the memory of his loving mother Genevieve Marie Abraham.Slide right to read more
Romero Britto, in collaboration with Thomas Abraham, came up with the concept for the Seasons of Miracles mural depicting four separate portraits of children swimming, skating, and just having fun. On October 7, 1994, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled the Seasons of Miracles mural at the New Patient Care Center with the members of the Governing Board and hospital founder Danny Thomas’ family, Marlo Thomas, Phil Donahue,Tony Thomas, and Terrie Thomas, at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Board members, staff, as well as patients of the hospital and their families now enjoy the colorful and inspiring mural.
Summit of the Americas
Summit of the Americas, Fernando Botero Monumental Sculptures and Drawings Exhibition was held between December 20, 1994 and May 7, 1995.
In 1994 Thomas Abraham was asked to be the Chairman of the Arts for the Summit of the America’s conference hosted by President Bill Clinton in Miami. Leaders of 34 nations of the western hemisphere were invited to experience Miami and its glory. And thanks to the StarArt Foundation, South Florida, the presidents of these nations were able to see Fernando Botero’s Monumental Sculptures and Art Exhibit.Slide right to read more
The sculptures were exhibited on the front lawns of the Viscaya Museum where the presidents gathered for meetings. After the weeklong summit, the sculptures were transferred to the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale for a six-month exhibit. The StarArt Foundation was also responsible for the Swatch Watch gift that each president received. The collection was the Swatch Presidential Historical Olympic Games Collection customized for each individual president.Slide right to read more
Children of the World Watch
On September 29, 1994, Swiss watch Maker Movado, in conjunction with the Miami based StarArt Foundation, unveiled a timepiece which was not just a new watch design, but a new idea in the watch industry. A watch designed in the name of charity, the “Children of the World Watch.”Slide right to read more
Earlier in the year Mr. Thomas G. Abraham, founder of the StarArt Foundation approached the management of Movado, to give Brazilian born pop art star Romero Britto the opportunity to work on the sixth design in an ongoing Movado Artists’ Series of limited collectible watches. Prior Artists’ Series watches have been designed by Andy Warhol, Arman, Max Bill, and James Rosenquest. Not only did Movado agree to produce a 1,100 piece edition of the Britto designed watch, but Movado also offered to donate the entire proceeds to charity. Shortly thereafter, the non-profit Movado Children’s Foundation was created to execute this fund raising project and future projects of this nature.Slide right to read more
One hundred percent of the anticipated 1 million dollar proceeds, went for the benefit of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee and The United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). A dozen major magazines donated advertising pages in the October and November issues to help the foundation promote the “Children of the World Watch” by Romero Britto.
The “Children of the World Watch” is displayed within an acrylic statue, which replicates the last three letters of Britto’s distinctive signature.Slide right to read more
“Movado and its parent company, North American Watch Corporation (NAWC), have both been extremely successful companies. Our management believes that with great success comes an equal measure of responsibility. What could be a more basic opportunity, than the opportunity for a child to live, to grow up and let life unfold?” asked Gerry Grinberg, Chairman of NAWC.
“As founder of the StarArt Foundation I would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the Getz family from Mayors Jewelers in Miami for introducing us to Mr. Gerry Grinberg of Movado. We would also like to thank Mr. Romero Britto, the artist, who donated his art work and time, Mr. Gerry Grinberg, Chairman of North American Watch Company and all his employees and vendors who put their heart and soul into this project and helped contribute to its promotion and creation,” said Mr. Thomas G. Abraham.
The Boesel Challeng
In early 1994, St. Jude Board Member and founder of the StarArt Foundation Thomas G. Abraham, discussed with close friend Hector Botero, ways to create new fundraising opportunities for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis Tennessee, founded by Danny Thomas. It was Mr. Botero’s idea to approach his friend, Anthony J. Pirrone at AJP Marketing who represented Indy racecar driver Raul Boesel with the idea of the Boesel Challenge.
From this meeting and subsequent meetings with Raul Boesel and his marketing executives it was agreed that Boesel would lend his support for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Slide right to read more
On February 1st, 1994 Raul Boesel presented the “Boesel Challenge to Benefit St. Jude”. The challenge was the first of its kind in the PPG Indy Car World Series. The 16 race series included the largest attended one-day event in the world the Indy 500. The Boesel Challenge to Benefit St. Jude raised funds to fight the children’s catastrophic disease and attract attention to the work of St. Jude worldwide. The challenge was extended to Raul’s sponsors, Duracell, Mobil Latin America, and Fuji Film.
The challenge: Mile Completed $2.00 Per/ Mile, Pole Position $5,000 Per /Pole, Third Place $2,000 Per / Finnish, Second Place $4,000 Per/ Finish, First Place $8,000 Per/ Finish.
After agreements were reached on the challenge, a special St. Jude patch was designed for the racecar and race gear that Raul would wear during the race season. These St. Jude patches symbolized the fear and hope that every child faces with a great challenge of a catastrophic disease. Raul Boesel in his pursuit of victory also faced many disappoints and traumatic experiences while driving behind a 200 + miles an hour car at Indy. He was comforted with the knowledge that during the 1994 PPG Indy Car World Series he would be carrying the hopes and desires for scientists, doctors, nurses, parents, and supporters of St. Jude with him on his journey to victory.Slide right to read more
At the 33rd Annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Miracle Ball and Board of Governors Miami meeting, Mr. Boesel, on behalf of himself and his sponsor Duracell, presented St. Jude with a $25,000.00 check.
“To Raul Boesel and all the sponsors and supporters of the Boesel Challenge to Benefit St. Jude, I want to extend my sincerest thanks and appreciation for making this project possible,” said Mr. Thomas G. Abraham.
The Swatch Presidential Historical Olympic Games Collection
The StarArt Foundation, Swatch, and Mayors Jewelers paid a special tribute to the leaders of the 34 nations participating in the Summit of the Americas held in Miami, Florida and hosted by President Clinton in December 1994.
The StarArt Foundation was introduced by Mayors Jewelers’ principal Richard Getz to Swatch Corporation. In collaboration with Swatch a one-time limited edition was created, which would be presented at the Summit of the Americas as one of the official White House gifts for the summit.Slide right to read more
The Swatch Presidential Historical Olympic Games Collection contained the nine Olympic watches in a beautiful, customized Olympic display case detailed with each president’s name and country and artistic rendering of the Northern Hemisphere and the Presidential Summit. The Swatch Olympic and StarArt Foundation logos were also exhibited on the collection. As is the nature of the Olympics and the Summit, the Swatch Presidential Historical Olympic Games Collection recognizes the Summit as on the of the most significant international gatherings ever and the first hemispheric meeting of democratically elected leaders.
The StarArt Foundation worked closely with Swatch, the White House staff, and The Summit of the Americas Committee to present the Presidential Collection boxes to each of the presidents. A second set of boxes was displayed in the Intercontinental Hotel lobby, where many of the presidents and press were staying. The Collection became part of the permanent Swatch Museum Collection in Europe.Slide right to read more
“The StarArt Foundation wants to extend a very special thanks of appreciation to Mr. Nick Hayek Sr. founder of Swatch for making this project possible. With the untiring support of Mr. Hayek Jr. and the Swatch Corporation whose help made it possible to pull together with a matter of months one of the most monumental Swatch collections ever created. This spectacular collection stars as a tribute to the spirit of free democracy throughout the world. With the support and creative intuition of Swatch, the presidents of the world were truly given a one-of-a-kind gift. Thank you, Mr. Hayek Jr., for your uncompromising support,” said StarArt Foundation Founder Thomas G. Abraham.
The 18th Annual New York Art Expo
A special highlight for the StarArt Foundation was the invitation to provide the official artwork for the 18th Annual New York Art Expo and the Art of Music exhibition and auction.
Through the foundation, Manabu Kochi created “The Art of Music” as the signature artwork for the 1996 Art Expo. The New York Art Expo was thrilled to have Manabu Kochi as the commissioned artist for the expo as Kochi had just finished his commission for the official artwork and special Music in the Air collectors series for the 38th Annual Grammy Awards and MusiCares Foundation.Slide right to read more
The sales of “The Art of Music” posters raised funds for the MusiCares Foundation. There were also many celebrity participants who exchanged the music studio for the artist studio in order to create visual masterpieces for this special cause. Their creations were inspired by their love for music and desire to help the MusiCares Foundation. The MusiCares Foundation was established by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. that hosts the prestigious Grammy Music Awards, to provide critical aid to music professionals. The MusiCares Financial Assistance Grant Program provides emergency aid to music professionals who find themselves in need of shelter, utilities, as well as other basic necessities, medical assistance, or treatment for HIV and substance abuse.Slide right to read more
“The StarArt Foundation was pleased to have been invited to this most prestigious art exposition and want to again extend our thanks to the New York ArtExpo committee for this great privilege and honor,” said StarArt Foundation Founder Thomas G. Abraham.
The 38th Annual Grammy Awards
The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and StarArt Foundation joined forces for the 1996 38th Annual Grammy Awards. The foundation commissioned internationally renowned artist Manabu Kochi to create the original artwork promoting the 38th Annual Grammy Awards Ceremony. As President and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Michael Greene noted, “just as our Grammy Awards recognize all forms of music, we are committed to creating graphic expressions that bring together diverse strains of fine art and pop culture. Manabu Kochi’s intriguing multicultural style captures the diversity and excitement of today’s Grammy Awards celebration.”
Kochi’s spirited, witty, and evolutionary imagery graced the 38th Annual Grammy Awards with his rendition of the symbolic gramophone. StarArt developed special limited editions of commemorative Grammy art including a boxed set consisting of a Grammy SeriLith print, mini poster, Grammy program book and ticket, 2 collector’s pins, a Grammy compact disc of nominated music, and certificate of authenticity, in a limited edition of only 250. Available individually was the deluxe original Grammy SeriLith, in a total of 250, and a deluxe original Miracle Rock SeriLith, in a total of 374. Another collection was a portfolio set of 4 Serilith prints, titled “Music in the Air” depicting the pop, rock, country and R&B music categories, limited to a total of 399. All items were available for retail. All items were also individually signed and numbered by the artist, Manabu Kochi. The majority of the profits went to the NARAS MusiCares Foundation as well as charities supported by the StarArt Foundation. The StarArt Foundation reserved a limited number of the original collection to be offered through its Premium Vaults Collection.Slide right to read more
The 38th Annual Grammy Week Official Kick Off Party held at the Carthew Thompson Gallery in Beverly Hills California, was hosted by Thomas G. Abraham, chairman and founder of the StarArt Foundation, and Rocky Aoki, chairman and founder of Benihana, Inc. This kick off party was a spectacular event that marked the beginning of the 38th Grammy celebrations. Well over 1000 guests attended the event and had an opportunity to mingle and meet Manabu Kochi, the official artist of the 38th Grammy Awards, and view Kochi’s paintings, drawings and sculpture.
One of the highlights of the evening was witnessing NARAS President Michael Greene unveil the official Grammy painting and special “Music in the Air” portfolio, a suite of 4 SeriLiths titled Rhythm & Blues, Country, Pop, and Rock, and the 38th Annual Grammy Awards Serilith print. Also unveiled for the first time were the “Miracle Rock” Serilith print, the StarArt Collection’s limited collector’s pins featuring the Eagle in Flight, the Foundation’s logo star pins, the special designed “Music in the Air” pin collection, and the StarArt Foundations premier limited edition collectors boxed edition. Box number one was presented to Quince Jones, the recipient of the MusiCares Award. The collection was created and dedicated to benefit the MusiCares Foundation. The Limited edition items in Kochi’s dynamic, limited edition, signed and numbered music related collection are considered to be the most sought after prized collectible items ever created for the Grammy.Slide right to read more
Proceeds from the sale of the limited editions benefit selected charities of the StarArt Foundation and MusiCares Foundation, a charity established by NARAS to focus the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues directly impacting the health and welfare of the music community.
“It is truly befitting to extend to Mr. Rocky Aoki, Chairman and Founder of Benihana, Inc., on behalf of all the members of the board of the StarArt Foundation our deepest thanks and appreciation for his support and generosity in making it possible to put on such a spectacular event,” said StarArt Foundation Founder Thomas G. Abraham.
Sunny: The Official Mascot of the Miami Centennial Celebration
On the occasion of Miami’s 100th Birthday Celebration, Founder of the StarArt Foundation and Founder of the Miami Centennial Committee Thomas G. Abraham, 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 of the celebration.Slide right to read more
The 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.Slide right to read more
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 the 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.Slide right to read more
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. In addition, Sunny was a special guest at the Florida Marlins game where 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 an 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.
The Millennium Man Commemorative Patch
The Millennium Man Commemorative Patch project was designed by internationally acclaimed artist P.A. Breccia as a tribute to Astronaut Senator John H. Glenn Jr.
Some time in late July 1998, after hearing so much about the upcoming historical flight of Astronaut Senator John H. Glenn Jr. on the Discovery STS-95 into outer space, founder of the StarArt Foundation Thomas G. Abraham realized that this was truly a historic moment and an opportunity to create a unique tribute to Astronaut Senator John H. Glenn Jr. It was after care review of all the information concerning Senator John Glenn’s interest in the education system that the idea of creating The Millennium Man Commemorative Patch project came to fruition. The mission was to help achieve the financial objectives of a non-profit educational organization or institution serving children, and to increase appreciation of the U.S. Space Program and its continuing contributions to education.
The Millennium Man image symbolizes humanity on the brink of entry into a new age, where space and education offer limitless, ageless opportunities for the betterment of all. Italian fine artist, philosopher, and humanitarian Pier Augusto Breccia based the patch on a painting of the same title. In November 1998 at the home of Miami businessman Chris Korge, Vice President Al Gore was presented with a custom designed leather jacket with The Millennium Man Commemorative Patch affixed to the front. The gift was presented by founder of the StarArt Foundation Thomas G. Abraham.Slide right to read more
“Special acknowledgment and thanks were given to Vice President Al Gore, Senator Bob Graham of Florida, and Senator Richard Gephardt of Missouri, for their support. Without the continued contribution of time and creative designs from my dear friends Wayne and Eva Sandlin and international fine artist and friend Pier Breccia, this project would not have happened. I want to extend to everyone who continues to support the StarArt Foundation in its efforts to be a “bridge between art and humanity” my sincerest thanks and appreciation for all you contribute to such great initiatives,” said Mr. Thomas G. Abraham.Slide right to read more
About Space Shuttle Discovery
More than 36 years after he made history as the first American to orbit Earth in his Friendship 7 Mercury capsule, Sen. John H. Glenn Jr. (D-Ohio) returned to space as part of a multinational crew with the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery in late October 1998. The flight designated SATS-95, carried a crew of 7 astronauts which involved more than 80 scientific experiments investigating mysteries that span the realm of the inner universe of the human body to studies of our own sun and its solar activity.
Discovery was lunched from NASA’S Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39, PAD B. Senator Glenn was the test subject for specific investigations which mimic the effect of aging, including loss of muscle and bone density; disrupted sleep patterns; a depressed immune system: and loss of balance. Discovery also carried a SPACEHAB module to orbit. Inside SPACEHAB, the astronauts conducted almost 30 smaller experiments ranging from materials science, to plant growth, to developing new techniques for delivering vital antitumor medications. The Discover Mission was scheduled to last 8 days, which would bring the shuttle on a round trip voyage of over 3 1/2-million-mile journey. STS-95 was the 25th flight of Discover and the 92nd mission flown since the start of the Space Shuttle program in April 1981.
The Partners in Hope Award
With the StarArt Foundation’s mission to “be a bridge between art and humanity” in mind, and to celebrate humanity’s best, the foundation aimed to develop an international award honoring the great humanitarians and scientists who are doing so much to further vital research into catastrophic diseases in children.Slide right to read more
That is how “Destiny,” the Partners in Hope Award was born – a sculpture commissioned by the StarArt Foundation, donated by the Lalique Corporation, and created by Madam Lalique as her last official commissioned work of art for the Lalique Corporation. “At the dawn of life, a child lives and moves at ground level. With time, he gradually stands up, makes his first steps, and then takes flight towards the destiny of mankind. Madam Lalique created this magnificent piece in clear transparent and satin-finish crystal with young children of the universe sculpted in relief, enlivened by their hopes for the future.”
The Partners in Hope Award brought together the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Target Corporation in their pursuit of bringing hope to the stricken children of the world. On March 2, 2000, the very first recipient of the Partners in Hope Award was Mr. Bob Ulrich, Chairman and CEO of Target Corporation, for his commitment to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
“The StarArt Foundation wants to extend it thanks and appreciation to the Lalique Corporation for their generous support of this miraculous miracle of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, “so that no child will die before his or her time.” The StarArt Foundation wants to extend a very special thanks to all those individuals who embraced our vision; the Getz Family from Mayor’s Jewelers Corp., Mr.Yves E. Coleon, past President of Lalique Inc., Mr. Lloyd Glasgow, past President of Jacques Jugeat, Inc., and all those who made it possible to bring about the creation of “Destiny,” The Partners in Hope Award,” said StarArt Foundation Founder Thomas G. Abraham.
Marlins Run for the Championship
The StarArt Foundation worked with the Miami Herald to create a special limited edition “Marlins Run for the Championship” collection signed by the Florida Marlins players. The foundation used these special limited edition sports pages to help raise funds for selected charities, and provided the following charities with prints.
Best Buddies “Safari Nights” Gala-Auction, which received the first donated Sports Extra Page “Lowell and Behold” signed by team player Mike Lowell. This item was auctioned for $1000.00 in December by the non-for profit organization Best Buddies at their annual gala auction dinner chaired by its founder Anthony Shriver.Slide right to read more
The StarArt Foundation provided The Bowties & Baseball 2004 Home Gala Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Foundation, with several of the “Marlins Run for the Championship” prints signed limited editions to the Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez Foundation. The evening was filled with a number of special guests such as internationally acclaimed sports announcer and friend Roy Firestone, who was master of ceremony for the event. Jill Martin of CBS Channel 4 Miami presented a special video paying tribute to the Florida Marlins World Series Champions victory and Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. This most prestigious event turned out to be one of the most sought out invitation of this year Miami Social Calendar of Events. The evening was filed with intrigue and spectacular assortment of Marlins World Series collectible items donated by “Pudge” and other notable sports greats. The Marlins Run for the Championship prints such as “Magical” and “NL Champions,” were auctioned off for over $3200.00.
“The StarArt Foundation was honored to be apart of this special evening and want to congratulate both Mr. and Mrs. “Pudge” Rodriguez for their continuous good works in supporting those individuals and organizations that are working towards making the lives of those in need more fulfilling, with the reassurance that someone cares and is willing to help,” commented StarArt Foundation Founder Thomas G. Abraham.
On January 25, 2004, the StarArt Foundation provided the University of Miami (UM) sports department with “Marlins Run for the Championship” prints that were auctioned of at the Fuddruckers – University of Miami Baseball Golf Tournament, to help raise funds for UM Baseball scholarships. Special guest playing at the tournament were Ivan “ Pudge” Rodriguez, University Miami 1991 Heisman Trophy winner Gino Torretta, Major supporter Chairman Billy Cypress of the Miccosukee Tribe, and numerous other major supporters and the 2004 University of Miami baseball players. The special collection prints raised over $2,500.00 for the university.Slide right to read more
And on the occasion of the 8th Annual Jose A. Perez ALS Golf Classic on Saturday, January 31, 2004, Doral Golf Resort & Spa and the StarArt Foundation worked with the office of Dade County Mayor Alex Penelas, in support of the Jose A. Perez ALS Foundation, to provide five “Marlins Run for the Championship” collectors sports front pages for the benefit of the Perez ALS Foundation. The Perez Foundation was able to raise over forty-three hundred dollars from the auction of the collector’s prints. The StarArt Foundation was honored to have participated in this worth while cause.
The 28th chapter in the 141-year history of America’s Cup took place between January and May 1992. Each of the previous contests captured the imagination of the world’s business moguls, media giants and political machines of their day. And the results of each regatta transcended industrial, cultural, and political borders. Echoes of technological excellence which had been developed in Cup campaigns rippled through the Industrial Revolution, both world wars, the Communications Revolution, and continued to inspire the Space Age.
America’s Cup XXIII, the 28th match for America’s Cup, was held off the coast of San Diego in May 1992. America’s Cup is the oldest – first awarded in 1851 – and one of the most prestigious trophies in international sports. The cup is a 27-inch, 134 ounce silver trophy, awarded to the yacht that wins the race open to all nations.Slide right to read more
The America’s Cup Organization Committee (ACOC) is responsible for organizing, coordinating, and staging the America’s Cup event. One of the ACOC’s primary responsibilities is to successfully defend America’s Cup and to keep it in San Diego. In 1992 Chevrolet Motor Company was awarded an opportunity to become one of the sponsors of the America3 Foundation’s 1992 America’s Cup. On November 7-10, 1991, Corvette Marketing held a weekend retreat for the top-selling Corvette dealers in the country at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego. Corvette marketing sent an invitation to Thomas G. Abraham, a Chevrolet dealer from Tampa Florida to participate in this three day marketing conference. At this conference Corvette announced their strategy to launch the 1992 Corvette. A select group of auto dealers were invited to become participants in the Corvette Regatta as crew on these world-class yachts.
Founder of StarArt Foundation Thomas G. Abraham shares his experience: “For a full day I became a member of the crew as we held tune up races for America’s Cup 92. This had to be one of the most exciting and rewarding opportunites in any sailor’s life, as this race is the Holy Grail of racing, I actually not only had a chance to sail on one of the yachts but also become a honorary member of the crew participating in the Chevrolet trials. It was at this weekend of actives held in San Diego that I had the opportunity to meet with the owner and captain of the America3 yacht Mr. Bill Koch.” He added, “Throughout the weekend I had the opportunity to propose a project for the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which Mr. Koch endorsed. He asked that I contact Chevrolet Motor Divisions marketing company, Carlson Marketing Group.”Slide right to read more
With the support of Chevrolet and America3, the StarArt Foundation was able to create two official paintings which were utilized in the creation of two designs used as T-shirts and sweatshirts. Proceeds from the sales of the items were donated to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Internationally acclaimed pop artist Romero Britto create the artwork for this project. Romero Botero created three paintings for the foundation called The America’s Cup 92 San Diego, The Mermaid, and The America’s Cup –Chevrolet. In May 1992, Mr. Bill Koch and his crew won the coveted America’s Cup 92 Award.
The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
The StarArt Foundation had the opportunity to work with Nick Buoniconti and his foundation on this prestigious event. “We want to extend to Mrs. Suzie Sayfie and her whole staff our deepest appreciation for all their hard work through the past 18 years in making The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis the leading medical institution of its kind in the world,” said StarArt Foundation Founder Thomas G. Abraham.Slide right to read more
The StarArt Foundation was pleased to have provided two “Marlins Run for the Championship” collectors prints and one Sports Illustrates “World Champs” magazine at the gala event. The foundation presented the rest of the collection throughout the season to other charities for fund-raising events. The StarArt Foundation in its quest to be “a bridge for arts and humanity” has yet again brought to life a project that will bring help to those in need, and promote the art of sportsmanship and dedication.
“The StarArt Foundation would like to thank The Miami Herald and its staff for their tremendous support and help in bringing this project to life. Without the support of the Miami Herald we would not have had the opportunity to work with the World Series Champions the Florida Marlins. We also want to extend a warm thanks to Mayor Alex Penelas and his staff for introducing us to the Marlins organization. Many thanks to the Florida Marlins players, staff and organization for their support in our efforts to share their victory in a way that will help those in need,” said StarArt Foundation Founder Thomas G. Abraham.Slide right to read more
The Ricky Williams Celebrity Classic
On March 5, 2004, a dinner and auction were held at the Donald Trump International Resort in Sunny Isles, Fl. Many of previous years’ participants were present at the event which was a sell out. The party was hosted by comedian Tommy Davidson and was attend by stars such as Jim Brown, Eric Dickerson, Lawrenance Taylor, Marshall Faulk, Jay Fiedler, Nat Moore, the Rock, and Eddie George. Ricky Williams sported a new hairdo, he went completely bald to get prepared for this up coming season. The StarArt Foundation was pleased to have participated in support of Ricky Williams in his efforts to pay back to the community for all his success.
Night of Miracles
During the Night of Miracles Eighth Annual St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Coach Dave Wannstedt Dinner – Auction, the night was abuzz with the excitement that the year’s event would topple the one million dollar mark raised by this spectacular event. The event was held at the Miami Dolphins Training Camp.
Over 1000 patrons participated in an evening filled with spectacular food and auction items. Special guests included U. M. Hurricanes Football coach Larry Cooker, and Florida Atlantic head coach Howard Schellenberger who won the University of Miami Hurricanes Football National Championships against Nebraska. Also Tony Segreto from NBC Channel 6 was the master of ceremony ,as he had been for the past eight years.Slide right to read more
The StarArt Foundation presented the rest of the collection throughout the season to other charities for fund-raising events, such as the Coach Don Shula “Tribute” collection, and “The Winningest Coach in NFL History.” On January 30, 2004, Coach Don Shula was the recipient of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s “Circle of Champions” Award. This award was presented to Coach Shula at the Circle of Champions luncheon and auction held on January 30, 2004, at the Corporate Hospitality Village Reliant Center in Houston Texas, to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, honoring former Winning Super Bowl Coach, Miami Dolphins Coach Don Shula, for Super Bowl V11 and V111. The print “Tribute” raised seven-hundred dollars.
On November 14, 1993, Coach Shula was carried off the field – and into history books. The Dolphins’ 19-14 win over the Eagles at Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium broke the long-standing record of 324 wins set by George Hallas. Don Shula went on to achieve a total of 374 career wins, and the best winning percentage of any professional team from 1970 to 1996, making him the winningest coach in football history. It was no surprise that Don Shula was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote in his first year of eligibility. This ultimate honor in football was a crowing moment for Coach Shula. On July 26, 1997, Don Shula’s sons, Dave and Mike, did the honors on Canton, Ohio, creating yet another Shula record – the Shula brothers were the first pair ever to present a Hall of Famer for induction.
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