The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has created a $5 casino chip with Gloria Estefan's picture on it. This special edition collectible, the first in a musical series the hotel plans to promote, debuted to players and fans on Monday and is limited to a 2,500 run.
The chip is available at the casino cash cage and is valid for all table games (such as blackjack and Pai Gow poker, but not regular poker) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, only.
The casino chip launch coincides with the five-time Grammy Award-winner’s charitable concert 8 p.m. Oct. 24 at Hard Rock Live. A portion of the proceeds from that show will benefit the education funds of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Indian River County public schools. Tickets are available via ticketmaster.com
The rest of the Hard Rock release:
“Without a doubt, the Gloria Estefan chip will be an in-demand cross-over collectible,” said Gene Trimble, noted gaming chip collector, author and historian. “Between the chip collectors and Gloria’s fans, it is certain to be a scarce chip.”
Gloria Estefan’s career has spanned almost 3 decades with over 90 million albums sold worldwide. Her live concert tours have taken the performer around the globe with millions of fans cheering her on.
The former Gloria Fajardo, born in Havana, Cuba, in 1957, enjoyed her childhood and adolescence in Miami, where she still resides. At 18, she was invited to sing at a wedding with a local band called Miami Latin Boys. The gathering, in which she would meet the group’s young leader and future husband, Emilio Estefan, would mark the beginning of a radical change in her life. The singer would become an integral part of the band, later renaming itself Miami Sound Machine, and enjoy a string of hits known around the world.
Their first album in English, Eyes of Innocence, spawned the famous single “Dr. Beat,” a hit in Europe that took Miami Sound Machine to number one in the United Kingdom. The hits arrived continuously with the release of the album Primitive Love which sold more than 3 million units in the United States, alone, and produced the hit singles “Bad Boy,” “Words Get in the Way” and “Conga” - the song with which the band would become most identified. The song also has the distinction of being the only track in the history of music to appear simultaneously in Billboard’s Pop, Latin, Soul and Dance charts. The next two albums, Let It Loose (1987) and Cuts Both Ways (1989), were worldwide sensations. This period was dominated by audience favorites such as “Anything for You,” “Can’t Stay Away From You,” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “1-2-3,” “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” “Oye Mi Canto” and “Get on Your Feet.” Around this time also, Gloria Estefan’s name had taken center stage, still being backed by her infamous band Miami Sound Machine.
With success and awards in pocket, Estefan’s fortune took a severe turn in 1990. While sleeping, her tour bus, was involved in a horrible accident, leaving Estefan partially paralyzed. Against all odds, she surprised the world when she appeared on the American Music Awards just one year later singing an emotionally personal new composition, “Coming Out of the Dark.” That #1 song was followed by the album Into the Light and by a huge 17-country tour attended by more than 10 million people.
Following a Greatest Hits release in 1992, she released Mi Tierra (My Homeland), her first in Spanish in a decade. A critical and commercial success, Mi Tierra earned Estefan her first Grammy award.
In 1995, she returned once again to her Latin roots with Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors), another Grammy and another #1 hit with “Más Allá’ (Beyond)”. Estefan became the first pop music star to sing to a pope when she performed that song for John Paul II.
The ‘90s were a decade of great achievements for Estefan with “Reach,” the official song of the 1996 Summer Olympics; from the album Destiny; a collection of dance tracks launched in 1998 to the name of Gloria!, and which featured “Don’t Let This Moment End” and “Heaven’s What I Feel” which she also performed at the Original Divas Live concert series for the VH1 network. The composer and musician also delved into acting working alongside Meryl Streep in Music Of The Heart, receiving accolades as well as an Oscar nomination for her theme song of the movie recorded with Justin Timberlake’s band *NSYNC.
In 2000, the Spanish-language album Alma Caribeña (Caribbean Soul) brought her another Grammy and several radio hits including a duet with Cuban music legend Celia Cruz. This was followed by one of her most personal and intimate records, Unwrapped in which she collaborated with music icons, Stevie Wonder and Chrissie Hynde.
An exemplary role model and artist, Estefan has received innumerable awards and distinctions including the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Song-Writer of the Year, induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a host of MTV, VMA and Cable ACE awards. She was also given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and received the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor in 1993. This award constitutes the highest honor that can be bestowed on a naturalized U.S. citizen. She has even penned two New York Times best-selling children’s books. She is currently working on a script based on the life and career of ‘60s pop music icon, Connie Francis
The CD 90 Millas is Gloria’s Estefan’s latest and features musicians Arturo Sandoval, Andy Garcia, Chocolate, India, Cachao, Papo Lucca, Johnny Pacheco and Generoso. It includes the hit single “No Llores.”Gloria Estefan