Rick Mirer and Family, Continue to Support Their Home Community and the People Who Live There
Since 1996, the Mirer Family Foundation has provided assistance to youth education and health programs.
The Mirer Family Foundation philanthropic efforts are grounded from the blessing of great mentorship Rick received in his youth. Through Rick's family and coaches, he learned the importance of teamwork in every aspect of a
successful life. Upon graduating from Notre Dame, Rick immediately committed to utilizing his high profile status to help others. Rick's family formed the Mirer Family Foundation to channel philanthropic efforts benefiting
causes of great importance to them. Over the past two decades, The Mirer Family Foundation has been able to provide active assistance to multiple youth sports programs, children's health initiatives and financial assistance
to those seeking higher education.
Ana Ivanovic is a Serbian tennis player who grew up in Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia. She was inspired to start playing tennis while watching one of the greatest tennis players of
all-time, Monica Seles, when she was a very young girl. Ana has also known Novak Djokovic since she was four years old and looks up to him as a role model (along with Roger Federer), and has strived to be like him on and off the court.
Like Djokovic, Ana grew up in war-torn Yugoslavia, which meant there was nowhere for her to practice and chase her dream of one day becoming a world-class tennis player like her idol Seles. So what did this resourceful and driven child
do - she found an empty swimming pool and practiced there. In 2007, Ana became a UNICEF National Ambassador for Sebria. From that moment on she has worked tirelessly, even while playing at an elite level on the tour (at one point she was #1) and traveling the world. Her main area of focus is advocating and fundraising for the full realization of child rights in Serbia, especially in the areas of education and child protection. She has done so much for so many children in need that one year she was named the WTA Humanitarian of the Year. In 2016 Ana retired from the game. One of the main reasons she cited for doing so was because she wanted to be able to devote more time to her philanthropic works.
Kenny, Heather and The Whole Team Working to Help Those Fighting Cancer
In 2002, lifelong skater turned winemaker, Kenny Lititprakong followed his heart and started his own wine company with a mission of having fun doing it. Now ten years
later, Kenny owns and operates Hobo Wines and remains a dedicated skater to this day. Kenny is using skateboarding and winemaking to give back. Together with
REAL's Action REALized, Hobo Wine teamed-up for three special Action REALized
decks, and hosted a charity skate jam, a Tenth Anniversary Dinner, and sold three decks, designed with 'Hobo Wine' labels, and raised over 10K. A portion of the proceeds went to support
Team Inspiration and their compassionate work to empower individuals living with cancer, through exercise programs that improve their physical and mental quality of life.
Inspired by his cousin, Jessica Hensley's fight with cancer and the support she received from the Baltimore based non-profit, Team Inspiration, Kenny has asked his friends at REALized Program to collaborate with him to raise funds
to support Team Inspiration and their quest to provide resources to promote the healing process for persons living with cancer.
Emeril Lagasse Foundation Seeks to Create Opportunities to Inspire, Mentor and Enable Youth to Reach their Fullest Potential Through Culinary, Nutrition and Arts Education with a Focus on Life Skills Development
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation helps young people from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive and
creative individuals, and to make a lasting impact on their lives. The Emeril Foundation grants to 501(c)3 designated non-profit organizations that provide educational programs, life skills development, culinary training and cultural enrichment
for children in the cities where Emeril's Restaurants operate, which include New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Orlando. Emeril's Foundation places an emphasis on Culinary Arts and Nutrition and Summer and After School Initiatives. The foundation is
focused on making a difference and giving back. Cafe Reconcile, Edible Schoolyard Nola, Liberty's Kitchen,
St. Michael Special School, Bayou District Foundation, Contemporary Arts Center,
Kids Rethink N.O. Schools, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Second Harvest Food Bank,
Emeril's Culinary Garden and Teaching Kitchen (coming 2017). The signature fundraiser for the Foundation, is "Two Events - One Cause"
Carnivale du Vin and Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, which take place on November 3rd and 4th, 2017. The event starts off on a Friday
with the Boudin, Bourbon & Beer, a massive Southern-Louisiana-inspired culinary and vino celebration weekend full of a plethora of events, fun, frivolity and star-power from both the worlds of foodie, sports and entertainment. There's an annual
premier wine auction and black tie gala dinner. The Emeril Lagasse Foundation celebrated its 12th annual fundraising weekend on November 4th and 5th in New Orleans, raising over $3 million for children's charities.
In 2017, Chef combined another one of his passions with wine, and his wife Alden, along with event chairs Mike and Bridget Bender, to the benefit of his foundation and its great works, with the Inaugural Charity Sailfish Fishing Tournament -
Line, Vine & Dine at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event features
two fishing days and conclude with the Vine & Dine Seafood Cook-Off, featuring seafood prepared by celebrity chefs and paired with wine from some of Napa & Sonoma's best winemakers. Proceeds raised in the tournament benefit the Emeril Lagasse
Foundation in support of local charities ARC Broward Culinary Institute and the Dan Marino Foundation.