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HEAT Family Festival Weekend Raises over $1.5 Million

Mar 27 2006 5:07PM
All Proceeds Benefit Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels, Safespace
and the Miami Coalition for a Safe & Drug-Free Community

Miami, March 27 – The Miami HEAT would like to extend its gratitude to all volunteers, participants, vendors, and guests involved in the 9th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival held on Sunday, March 26. The HEAT raised approximately $1.5 million during the weekend activities, which also included a Michael McDonald concert at the residence of Pat and Chris Riley, with all proceeds benefiting Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels, Safespace and the Miami Coalition for a Safe & Drug-Free Community.

The Family Festival activities kicked off on Saturday, March 25, at the “Michael McDonald Sings Motown” fundraiser at the residence of Pat and Chris Riley, raising over $1 million. The gala featured the HEAT players and their wives and select celebrity friends, including movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and a live fundraiser auction. Auction items won included a trip to the 2007 NBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, an appearance on the popular TV series, “CSI: Miami,” a trip to the “Sportfishing Capital of the World,” Islamorada, the ultimate Miami HEAT Experience package, a chance to grace the cover of Ocean Drive magazine and a diamond bracelet and necklace appraised for $50,000 and $75,000, respectively. Notable winners of the Ocean Drive magazine cover were Chris Riley, Shaunie O’Neal, Siohvaughn Wade, Tracy Mourning and Monique Payton, whose husbands made a confirmed bid for the wives to be featured on the cover. Each couple in attendance also received a premium gift bag which included a his and hers Philip Stein watch.

Five-time Grammy Award Winner Michael McDonald performed a full concert and sang Motown hits such as Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” with the Riley’s daughter, Elisabeth, plus popular Doobie Brothers hit “Taking It To The Streets.” Morton’s steakhouse catered the event and Levy restaurant provided desserts.

The weekend activities were culminated by the 9th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival held at Parcel B by the Bay at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The 70’s themed block party raised an additional $400,000. The HEAT kicked off Family Festival activities with a check presentation for $1 million to Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels, Safespace and the Miami Coalition for a Safe & Drug-Free Community. Fans were treated to games, activities, a silent auction and live entertainment by the HEAT Entertainment Teams and the entire HEAT team.

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