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Inside South Florida: Vernon Carey

Former Miami Hurricane and Miami Dolphin Vernon Carey has been making South Florida better for years through his Vernon Carey Foundation. And the foundation has some very exciting events coming up starting with a Monday Night Football Watch Party December 3rd.

"It's our fourth year doing it and we have it at Royal Pig. It's an event where you donate $10 and you get a book & bear. You also get a free beer or a Tito's drink," says Carey.

And for all you football fans who attend, get ready to geek out, because Vernon will be happy to talk pigskin with you.

"I'll be sitting there watching Monday night football, I believe its the Redskins and Eagles, so we'll get to see that," says Carey.

The foundation will also host its annual Holiday Mall Shopping Spree at Westfield Broward Mall on December 17th. And that event is always a lot of fun.

"We're having out fifth annual toy give away, we host over 30 kids from under privileged homes and shelters and we just give back to them. We give them $400 gift cards and they go shopping with cheerleaders, Heat dancers, football players," says Carey.

This year’s event is extra special, because Vernon’s foundation is going EVEN MORE above and beyond.

"We have Carol City, Miami Central and Miami Northwestern where we pick three kids that did different essays, and we're going to give them $5,000 scholarships to go towards their education," says Carey.

And when Vernon’s not enriching the lives of these kids, he’s doing so for his own family, including his son Vernon Jr. Jr is one of the most highly coveted high school basketball players in the country and he’s deciding where he’s going to play college ball. So naturally, I tried to get the inside scoop from his dad.

"He'll be making a decision in the next week or two. That's the goal so hopefully he follows his heart and makes the right decision," says Carey.

Oh well, I tried. We expect more big things from Vernon Jr and Vernon Sr. in the coming years.

To see the full interview catch Inside South Florida Saturday at 7pm.