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HEAT Raise Over $1,000,000 for Local Charities

Mar 22 2012 5:28PM

MIAMI – On Wednesday, March 21, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund raised over $1,000,000 at its benefit “An Intimate Evening with Your Miami HEAT” presented by Hublot Watches. This year’s gala was hosted at the Gables Estates residence of Mike and Constance Fernandez and featured a performance by Grammy Award-winning singer, author and actress Patti LaBelle. Team owner Micky Arison, his wife, Madeleine, HEAT President Pat Riley, his wife, Chris, and the entire 2011-12 Miami HEAT team and coaches were in attendance. Approximately 150 guests walked the “white” carpet at the $20,000 per couple event sporting their finest White, Black and Bling attire.

The evening featured a breathtaking show of fireworks, which lit up the sky behind the Fernandez residence. LaBelle opened the show with “New Attitude.” She later invited volunteers from the audience who could both sing and dance to take the stage with her. Riley accepted the challenge, along with HEAT players James Jones and Juwan Howard. Together, they sang her timeless classic “Lady Marmalade.” Afterward, Jones sang an impromptu ballad, which he dedicated to his wife, Destiny.

HEAT/Sun Sports Play-by-Play Announcer Eric Reid hosted the evening’s festivities while HEAT/Sun Sports Sideline Reporter Jason Jackson conducted the live auction, which included a trip to the 2013 NBA All-Star game in Houston, an all expenses paid trip with the entire HEAT team to an exotic and mysterious undisclosed location, and the very first and one-of-a-kind King Power Miami HEAT Hublot watch worth over $40,000. Only 200 of the exclusive, limited edition Swiss timepieces were made, and for the next 60 days, they will be available for purchase exclusively at the Hublot store located at Bal Harbour Shops.

“We’ve learned that this is the kind of event everyone involved—our players, coaches and guests—really, really enjoys,” said HEAT President, Pat Riley. “It’s personal, relaxing and fun. And of course the best part is that it allows us to raise a lot of money for some very important causes.”

Photographs of each couple were taken upon their arrival, printed and framed on site, and given to them as they left. Every guest also received a team autographed poster and jewelry courtesy of Moray’s Jewelers. In addition, the HEAT will produce a commemorative book of photographs depicting the individual experience of each couple, which will be delivered next week.

Moet Hennessy donated a variety of their products while local iconic steakhouse Smith & Wollensky once again provided all of the food for the event.

The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund was established in 1997 and is comprised of the Miami HEAT players, coaches, wives and staff.  Establishing its presence in the South Florida community, the HEAT “family” has been able to generate critical dollars through unique fundraising programs for the betterment of at risk families. The primary beneficiaries from this event are Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels, which supports the Holtz Center for seriously ill children, SafeSpace, a domestic violence shelter for women and their children, the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community, a broadly based community organization committed to reducing the problems of drug abuse, addiction, and directly related social issues and Home Strong, which provides aid, supports, and honors members of the U.S. military. More information on the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund is available online at

The Miami HEAT is proud to have ASSIST-CARD as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2011-12 season.

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