Former Miami Dolphins wide receiver and community activist Nat Moore recently accepted the 2013 Michael Shores Citizen of the Year Award from the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club at its highly successful 34th annual Biscayne Bay Gala.
The event, held at the Jungle Island Treetop Ballroom on Watson Island, attracted more than 300 and raised more than $100,000 for the club’s many philanthropic activities.
Past recipients of this award include Dolphins founder Joe Robbie, Coach Jimmy Johnson, broadcaster Ralph Renick, Miami Commissioner Athalie Range, U.S. Rep. William “Bill” Lehman, former Miami Herald publisher David Lawrence Jr., Baseball Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, Richard Baron, Joseph Klock Jr., Super Bowl Host Committee chair Rodney Barreto and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Dr. Pedro Greer Jr., U.S. Rep. Dante B. Fascell, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas.
“It was a pleasure for us to honor Nat this year,” said Biscayne Bay Kiwanis president Will Reich. “He loves Miami and has done so much for the South Florida community. We recognize him with this award especially for his outstanding work for children.”
The award is named for Michael Shores who, as a philanthropically minded attorney, made numerous contributions to the Miami-Dade County community throughout his life.
Moore, currently serving as senior vice president of the Miami Dolphins, was a standout wide receiver during his 13-year tenure with the Dolphins, breaking nearly every career receiving record for the team and held those records until 1991.Moore, who played in two Super Bowls, still stands second on the Dolphins all-time career receiving touchdowns list with 74.
Moore’s success in football carried over into his personal life by giving unselfishly of his time to many charitable causes in South Florida where he grew up and attended Miami Edison Senior High School, followed by a stellar career at the University of Florida.
His endeavors off the field, including long-term relationships with several nonprofits, led Moore to be named the 1984 NFL “Man of the Year.” He also earned the 1986 Byron White Humanitarian Award for his service to his team, community and country.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club,” Moore said. “This is a great organization which serves the children of Miami’s inner city, an area where I grew up. Being able to give back to this area of the community — by being part of this fundraising effort —is especially meaningful to me and my family.”
In addition to ticket sales, sponsorships and both live and silent auctions, the Kiwanis Club raised funds via a raffle for the Miami Dolphins’ All-Access Away Game Experience, an all-inclusive trip on the team plane with the Dolphins when they face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 8 at Heinz Field. More than 150 tickets were sold for the auction — won by local chiropractor Barry Burak — raising more than $15,000.
The law firm of Diaz Reus was a Diamond Sponsor of the event. Gold sponsors included the Miami Dolphins; South Florida Super Bowl Host Committee; Baron Breslin & Sarmiento PA; Lowry & Cook PA; law offices of Cordero Richardson Compo & Associates; Rasco Klock, and the South Florida Luxury Guide. Silver sponsors included Shohat, Lowey & Shohat PA; Green and Kahn PL, and the Albertelli Law Firm.
For more information on the Biscayne Bay Kiwanis Club — including joining as an individual or corporation — contact Reich at 305-814-2225 or www.biscaynebaykiwanis.org