Written by Nila Do Simon
Boca Raton resident and NFL Hall of Famer Ray Lewis kicked off Super Bowl weekend at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in grand fashion by hosting the Century Celebration, a star-studded event that benefited his Ray of Hope Foundation and welcomed NFL greats Jim Brown, Lawrence Taylor, Emmitt Smith, Bernie Kosar, Chris Berman and Jon Dorenbos. Other celebrity guests included boxing legend Evander Holyfield and multi-talented performer Jamie Foxx, who entertained the crowd with an impromptu set of singing.
Held on Friday evening, the event united football with charity, highlighting an organization dedicated to uplift those in need through sharing personalized videos from the many luminaries and game-changers who share the passion to make a difference.
“If I had to be anywhere on the Friday night of Super Bowl weekend, it’s at Century Celebration,” Lewis said. “I am humbled to have that many legends in a room – we look at each other as brothers. Century Celebration was a success, and we raised a lot of money for the Ray of Hope Foundation. But more importantly, we put people together that don’t usually see each other, and that was my goal.”
Other well-known attendees included Robert Herjavec from “Shark Tank,” businessman and Miami Dolphins’ executive Matt Higgins, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. The Century Celebration featured customized experiences, including a cigar terrace, tasting by Louis XIII, live entertainment and exclusive auction items, such as signed sports memorabilia.