NBRPA holds philanthropy event with keynote from President Bill Clinton

March 12, 2013

It was a Presidential evening in Miami on March 9, as the NBRPA Miami Chapter teamed up with Head & Heart Philanthropy to host a charity dinner highlighted by a keynote address from former United States President Bill Clinton. The non-partisan event included a day-long philanthropy summit for members that was capped by a moving speech delivered by Prime Minister of Haiti Laurent Lamothe.

“The Philanthropy Summit and dinner with President Clinton were wonderfully successful,” said NBRPA President & CEO Arnie D. Fielkow. “Congratulations to Miami Chapter President Walter Bond and his team for a great first public event in South Florida.”

The events were attended not only by Miami Chapter members, but also by NBRPA Chairman of the Board Otis Birdsong, NBRPA Founding Member Dave Cowens, Houston Chapter President Major Jones and Orlando Chapter President Tree Rollins. Birdsong delivered opening remarks prior to President Clinton’s keynote and was referred to several times by the former President as he fondly looked back on the old Southwest Conference that included both Birdsong’s Houston Cougars and the President’s beloved Arkansas Razorbacks.

“It was an honor to represent the NBRPA as Chairman of the Board in Miami – I shared the floor with many great players during my career, but never a President,” Birdsong said. “The game of basketball has opened many doors for me in life, but this was a new honor.”

Bond, as Miami Chapter President, thanked Birdsong and NBRPA President & CEO Arnie Fielkow for attending and supporting his new team in its very first public event.

“The Clinton event was awesome,” Bond said. “We could not have pulled it off without the support of our National Office. Arnie, Otis and the entire staff were fantastic in their support.”