The Miami Dolphins hosted their “Fins On The Clock” draft day party at Sun Life Stadium Thursday night.
The draft party is an annual tradition, but this was the first year the team hosted two parties simultaneously at the stadium: one open for the public to enjoy as well as an exclusive VIP party for the Season Ticket Membership Program.
“Every year we host a Draft Day party, but this year we added a special party for our Fanatic Members,” said Claudia Lezcano, the Dolphins chief marketing officer and senior vice president. “We provided each Member a $20 cash card, where they could have food and beverages, and enjoy The Finsiders live broadcast. We’re excited to host something extra special for our Members this year. That is one of the benefits to being a Member: you get year-round benefits and you can pick one of four categories. So our Fanatics are with us tonight, but there are three other categories – there’s a business category, a social category and a family category.”
The crowd of 3,500 Dolfans had the opportunity to mingle with former Dolphins greats and cheerleaders and take part in a Funtastic photo booth, snapping a shot in front of a mockup of the NFL draft’s host venue at Radio City Music Hall in New York. In addition to a wide selection of Dolphins merchandise available for purchase, the party also had a special garage sale, touting merchandise adorned with the team’s vintage logo. Proceeds from the sale of the throwback items benefited the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
Phillip Humaran, a Season Ticket Member for the past four seasons, came out for the draft party and reveled in padding his Dolphins collectibles. He purchased pedants, footballs and a lunchbox for his daughter. Humaran wouldn't be caught anywhere else than with his Dolphins family for this occasion. “It’s not only just coming to the draft, it’s the family that we have. A lot of us when we tailgate, we’re all family. So it’s a different environment than watching at home.”
Humaran’s shopping spree was part of the $8,800 in proceeds garnered during the evening’s event that benefited the Miami Dolphins Foundation.
Dolphins alumni who gathered to celebrate the selection of Ja’Wuan James and sign autographs included Honor Roll members Dick Anderson, Mark Duper and Bob Kuechenberg as well as Sam Madison and Lousaka Polite. Members also enjoyed interacting with mascot T.D. and the FINS FORCE.