(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Commissioners Joe A. Martinez and Jose "Pepe" Diaz may have lost their bet with City of Dallas Mayor Dwaine Caraway about the outcome of the NBA Finals, but some Miami-Dade patients definitely won as a result. The commissioners made good on their bet by performing a community service project wearing Dallas Mavericks jerseys, part of their wager with Mayor Caraway. The commissioners visited Miami Children's Hospital on Friday, July 15, 2011 and participated in arts and crafts with pediatric patients who are all from the hospital's oncology and hematology floors. The commissioners have already sent Mayor Caraway crabs from local favorite Joe's Stone Crab, a box of Cuban pastries, and hand-rolled cigars from Cuban Crafters, a care package which was also part of the deal.
"We may have lost our bet, but Miami is still behind its team and we were able to bring some joy to kids in need, so there's still a victory there," said Chairman Martinez. "I thank Mayor Caraway for having a bit of fun with us during the NBA finals."
"I think the children may have questioned our allegiance at first, but were more interested in showing us their artwork!" Commissioner Diaz joked. "Spending time with the kids at Miami Children's certainly outweighed a small sting to our pride."
For more information, please contact Chairman Martinez' office at 305-375-5511.
Photo caption: Chairman Joe A. Martinez (left) and Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz (right) visit Miami Children's Hospital's Oncology Play Room and spend time with a few pediatric patients in the middle of arts and crafts.