Miami HEAT host 25th Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration
MIAMI, FL – The Miami HEAT hosted the 25th Annual HEAT Thanksgiving Celebration on Wednesday, November 16th at the Miami Rescue Mission (MRM). The entire HEAT team, along with HEAT coaches and staffers joined presenting sponsor Florida Blue as well as supporting sponsors Goya Foods, Pepsi and FOX Sports Sun, The A Group and ONE Sotheby’s International Realty to usher in the Thanksgiving holiday with the residents of the Greater Miami area. HEAT players and coaches were on hand from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The MRM is located at 2020 N.W. 1st Avenue in Miami.
All residents of the area were invited to enjoy the block-party festivities, but the event was especially meaningful for a select group of approximately 600 underprivileged families, the majority of which were pre-selected by different government and community-based organizations and agencies. Those families each received a complete Thanksgiving meal with the entire trimmings from the Miami HEAT, courtesy of Florida Blue. Frozen turkeys and loaves of bread were provided by The A Group while canned goods, side items and beverages were donated by Goya Foods, ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and Pepsi. Levy Cares, the charitable foundation of Levy Restaurants and the catering division of the AmericanAirlines Arena, provided 450 hot meals to the residents of the MRM.
The reach of this year’s celebration extended well beyond the Overtown/Wynwood area to help touch those in need in communities such as Little Havana, Little Haiti, Liberty City, Cutler Bay and Lauderhill. Other beneficiaries of the event included: Curly’s House of Style Hope Relief Food Bank, SafeSpace, Salvation Army, Amigos for Kids, Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, and The Advocate Program which services military veterans and their families.
The Miami HEAT Dancers, HEAT mascot, Burnie, DJ M Dot and the Xtreme Team entertained families with special performances throughout the afternoon. Guests were treated to games, activities, and inflatables.
Members of the United States Armed Forces were also on-hand to provide assistance, along with HEAT staffers who worked concessions and activity stations, including interacting with children from the HEAT Academy at Dunbar K-8 Center during the festivities.
Miami Rescue Mission, Inc. (MRM), a Florida nonprofit 501(3c) corporation, is a charitable agency providing spiritual, physical, and social services to the poor and needy including homeless men, women, and children. Its purposes are fulfilled through several centers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties where it provides over 1,000 meals daily.