Detroit Tigers MVP slugger & Triple Crown Winner, Miguel Cabrera, hosted ‘The Miggy Ball,’ an inaugural gala for The Miguel Cabrera Foundation on Thursday, January 28 at The Café at Books & Books at the Adrienne Arsht Center of the Performing Arts. Miguel Cabrera celebrated with star athletes and VIPs Manny Machado, Hanley Ramirez, Placido Polanco, Jon Jay, Jose Iglesias, Ozzie Guillén and Juan Pablo Galavis while enjoying a surprise performance by Latin Grammy Award Winning duo Chino y Nacho.
Over 400 guests attended the gala chockfull of celebrity athletes and local influencers. Venezuelan singer Vladi Ramirez and Miami-based Venezuelan band Cuero Trancao kicked off the party and set a festive atmosphere for the night. Alexandra Olavarria and Andrea Minski, international TV hosts on various networks including Telemundo, hosted the event and live auction, which included items such as Miguel Cabrera’s 2007 Florida Marlins jersey, baseball cleats, baseball glove and baseball bat. Proceeds from the event support local youth baseball programs and scholarships facilitated by The Miguel Cabrera Foundation, a charity established by former Florida Marlins player Miguel Cabrera and his wife, Rosangel Cabrera.
The foundation’s signature fundraising event featured a cocktail party hosted by James Beard winner, Chef Allen of The Café at Books & Books, as well as a complimentary open bar including Peroni, Boca Loca Cachaca, Pampelonne Sparkling Rose and more. Guests captured memorable moments of the night at The Frank photo booth and bid on exciting items at the live and silent auctions. The prestigious “Triple Crown” was present for guests to admire. VIP guests had access to a private area including a cigar and AFROHEAD Rum lounge, as well as exclusive gift bags.
The Miguel Cabrera Foundation was founded on Miguel’s belief that we can achieve great things when we: WORK HARD, DREAM BIG, AND HELP OTHERS. Miguel’s philosophy was shaped by being the only contemporary baseball player to achieve MLB’s prestigious Triple Crown, a recognition that truly awards a transformational player. Miguel Cabrera’s dream of becoming an accomplished baseball player has inspired him and his wife, Rosangel Cabrera, to focus the foundation on two specific activities: revitalizing baseball fields in schools and neighborhoods where athletics can be used as a catalyst for student engagement and achievement and providing academic scholarships. For more information, visit http://www.miggy24.com/foundation/ or follow on Facebook @MiguelCabreraFoundation and on Twitter @MCFoundation24.