Gloria Estefan looked stunning in a sparkling black dress decorated with sequins and beads in a floral pattern while attending the 38th annual Great Sports Legends Dinner.
Arriving at the annual fundraiser, which has honored more than 400 sporting legends and humanitarians since its inception in 1985, the 66-year-old singer was joined by her longtime husband Emilio Estefan on Monday evening.
As she walked the red carpet in a pair of black open-toed heels alongside her husband, the eight-time Grammy Award winner oozed glamor in her dazzling dress, which she accessorized with a matching clutch.
For the occasion, the Havana native wore her shoulder-length brown locks in loose waves and a gorgeous natural makeup look that highlighted her natural beauty.
Beautiful: Gloria Estefan looked stunning in a sparkling black dress decorated with sequins and beads in a floral pattern while attending the 38th annual Great Sports Legends Dinner
After posing for a series of solo photos, Emilio returned to her side and lovingly wrapped his arm around her waist as photographers captured their date night.
The Cuban-American musician and film producer looked handsome as he smiled and gazed adoringly at Gloria, whom he married in 1978, wearing a navy blue suit and shiny loafers.
The event saw her mingling with Marc Buoniconti, president of The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund.
Gloria served as master of ceremonies and “master of ceremonies” for the event, which was held at The New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
Estefan has worked with the Buoniconti Fund for more than thirty years after suffering a serious spinal cord injury in a tour bus accident.
Rapper Pitball (born Armando Christian Perez) received the 2023 Buoniconti Fund Award, and Ne-Yo performed at the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis’s 38th annual Great Sports Legends Dinner, presented by Tudor Group and The Mack Family.
According to the organization’s press release, the “celebration benefits the Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis and raises money to support the groundbreaking research on spinal cord and brain injuries and neurological diseases being done by researchers at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis .’
NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, five-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin and world hockey champion Zdeno Chara were also honored.
Old love: Arriving at the annual fundraiser, which has honored more than 400 sports legends and humanitarians since its inception in 1985, the 66-year-old singer was joined Monday evening by her husband Emilio Estefan
Glamorous: Walking the red carpet in a pair of black open-toed heels alongside her husband, the eight-time Grammy Award winner oozed glamor in her dazzling dress, which she accessorized with a matching clutch
Other athletes recognized for their achievements included Jim Thome, Jim Thome, Tim Howard, Jim Furyk and Val Ackerman.
The silent auction featured signed sports memorabilia, travel experiences, electronics, autographed memorabilia, jewelry and more.
Ahead of the event, Buoniconti said in a statement: “The 38th edition of the Great Sports Legends Dinner features a spectacular line-up of sports champions and honorees who are as committed as we are to standing up for those who cannot.”
‘I have never been more excited about the future of The Miami Project’s research and discoveries and thanks to the funds raised at The Great Sports Legends Dinner, we will be able to take another step forward to find a cure for paralysis and other neurological diseases. he continued.
Tickets for the fundraiser started at $1,500 per person.
Looks good! For the occasion, the Havana native wore her shoulder-length brown locks in loose waves and a gorgeous natural makeup look that highlighted her natural beauty
Before the event, she posed for a photo with Marc Buoniconti, president of The Miami Project and The Buoniconti Fund.
Estefan suffered a terrifying bus accident in 1990, which left her in “excruciating” pain.
Her husband Emilio was also involved in the wreck which left her almost immobile.
In 2020, she recalled insisting it “felt like an explosion” during an episode of Red Table Talk: The Estefans.
“We were hit from behind by a fully loaded 18-wheeler, and there was what sounded like an explosion. It was huge. And I opened my eyes and I was lying on the floor of the bus. And I look around and it’s chaos,” the artist recalled.
Gloria also described seeing Emilio standing over her “like wild eyes, screaming” and asking if he was “okay” while he was “covered in blood.”
‘I had the taste of electricity in my mouth. That’s the only way I can describe it. The pain was unbearable,” Gloria said.
A good cause: (L-R)Jim Thome, Larry Little, Gloria Estefan, Missy Franklin, Marc A. Buoniconti, Val Ackerman, Zdeno Chara, Tim Howard and Jim Furyk were all in attendance at the fundraiser, held at the New York Marriott Marquis
Gloria previously spoke about her near-death experience earlier that year, saying the ordeal changed her outlook on life.
She explained: ‘There was definitely a before and after of that accident. Although I wouldn’t want to experience it again, I learned a lot about life day to day. I remember thinking, ‘Maybe this is why I went through this; maybe I can be an example to people on how we can take control of our lives and overcome obstacles.”
The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You hitmaker is now only setting ‘short-term goals’ and not thinking about anything ‘daunting’ that might seem ‘unattainable’.
She said: ‘After my accident I couldn’t imagine being almost paralyzed and being able to walk again. I set myself short-term goals that I wanted to achieve, like walking an extra half meter, so every day I just went a little further. Don’t think about that daunting thing that seems unattainable. Think about what I can do today to get just that much closer to that goal.”