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HEAT Raises Over $1.2 Million for Local Charities

Jan 21 2011 4:59PM

MIAMI, January 21 – On Thursday, January 20, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund raised $1,262,500 at its benefit, “An Intimate Encore Evening with your Miami HEAT” presented by Hublot Watches. This year’s event was hosted at Chris and Pat Riley’s residence in Gables Estates and featured a performance by Grammy Award Winner Michael McDonald. Team owner Micky Arison, his wife, Madeleine, Miami HEAT players and coaches, and New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, were in attendance. Approximately 200 guests walked the red carpet at the $20,000 per couple event sporting their finest “Red, Black and Bling” attire.

“I just think it’s a wonderful opportunity to get closer to our partners and Season Ticket Holders and to show them just how much we care about the charities that we support,” said HEAT President, Pat Riley. “We had great feedback from them the last time we hosted an event here; it sold out and we had a lot of fun.”

The evening featured a breathtaking show of fireworks, which lit up the sky behind the Riley residence. McDonald, a longtime friend of the Riley’s, sang a variety of Motown classics. HEAT player Juwan Howard’s wife, Jenine, joined McDonald on stage to sing the timeless duet “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Jean-Claude Biver, CEO of presenting sponsor, Hublot Watches, presented Riley with a one-of-a-kind timepiece worth over $50,000. “To have been invited to join Chris and Pat Riley in their private home for this event is truly an honor and we thank them for asking us to participate,” he said. “The work of the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund is extremely important to the South Florida community and we are glad that Hublot can contribute to their tireless efforts.”

HEAT Television Analyst 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 2011 NBA All-Star game, a Hollywood excursion to attend the world premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean 4 and a Miami HEAT VIP Package including courtside seats, lunch with Head Coach Erik Spoelstra and one pair of autographed shoes from each of the team’s 15 members. Every guest received authentic adidas Revolution 30 jerseys of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh presented in an embroidered event garment bag, a commemorative, team autographed basketball, a framed photo of Wade, James and Bosh along with a compilation disc set of Riley’s favorite Motown hits.

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 HEAT.com.

The Miami HEAT is proud to have ASSIST-CARD as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2010-11 season.



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