Fins Weekend has raised more than $3 million through the years for local charities, and the 2014 edition will take place this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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The activities begin on Thursday with the Celebrity Draw Party at the Miami Beach Golf Course. Each team of three players will complete their foursome and select their celebrity captain for the tournament. The Celebrity Draw Party also features interactive chipping, putting, sand and pitch shot contests for outstanding prizes.
The party will include cocktails and hors-d’oeuvres, and feature appearances by current and former Dolphins players and cheerleaders.
On Friday, Dolphins players, coaches and alumni hit the greens at the Miami Beach Golf Course for the Fins Weekend Golf Tournament presented by Waste Management. Teams will tee off with an 8:30 am shotgun start, playing a four-person shamble format. The golf portion of Fins Weekend concludes with an awards luncheon to announce the winners.
Friday night, the popular Hook & Tackle Captains’ Party, which will feature a silent auction and entertainment, will take place at the Miami Beach Marina.
On Saturday morning, amateur and professional anglers will meet at the Miami Beach Marina for the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fishing Tournament presented by South Florida Chevy Dealers.
Now in its 18th year, the Miami Dolphins Foundation Fins Weekend Fishing Tournament is a one-day, off-shore tournament featuring fishing for dolphin, wahoo, kingfish and tuna. Miami Dolphins players, coaches and alumni participate in the prestigious sport fishing event of the year, where unique prizes are awarded for the largest fish in each category and for the greatest combined weight of eligible fish per boat.
In the afternoon, fishing participants and spectators will gather for the tournament weigh-in presented by Hooters. Captain Rick Murphy, the host of “Florida Insider Fishing Report,” will emcee the weigh-in ceremonies along with Dolphins punter
“I want to encourage (fans) to come out and not only see the players, but to see the fish being weighed in at (4 p.m.) on Saturday,” Murphy said. “That’s the cool part. Not everybody is going to be there all at one point because of the staggering start. It’s going to be a great event and people need to make sure they come to participate with that because they don’t have to have a ticket for that, they can show up and just enjoy the festivities.”
The first-place team will win a trip on the team charter to a Dolphins road game. That evening, attendees will gather for an awards ceremony presented by the Islands of the Bahamas to find out who walked away with the biggest catch. There also will be a live auction, including a first-ever 22-foot Contender Open Fisherman.
Here’s what some Dolphins players had to say about Fins Weekend:
• Wide receiver
• Offensive tackle
• Defensive end Olivier Vernon: “Actually, I did the fishing (last) year. It wasn’t too fun, I got boat sick, seasick. Nah, it was a great event when I got over it, catching some fish. Got me a little sailfish. It’s pretty fun. First year I just did the Friday night. I’m going to do the fishing.”
For more information about Fins Weekend, call the Community Affairs department at (305) 943-7200 or visit www.finsweekend.com.