HEAT to host 16th annual Family Festival on APRIL 7

MIAMI – The Miami HEAT announced today it will host a “Festival of the Future” during the 16th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival presented by Carnival Cruise Lines, an interactive celebration benefiting SafeSpace, the Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels, the Miami Coalition for a Safe & Drug-Free Community and the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. The event will take place on Sunday, April 7th from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Parcel B by the Bay behind the AmericanAirlines Arena located at 601 Biscayne Boulevard in downtown Miami.

The Miami HEAT Family Festival, which is the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund’s largest annual fundraiser, is a themed, interactive, carnival-like celebration during which HEAT players, coaches, celebrities and families come together for a day of fun, family and feasting. The Festival includes a dining extravaganza featuring the top restaurants and chefs from all over South Florida. Families enjoy countless interactive activities with HEAT players, coaches and their families, providing a memorable experience for guests of all ages.

The entire Miami HEAT team and coaching staff will participate in the festivities, which include interactive opportunities with the team, a food court with delicacies from over 40 of South Florida’s finest restaurants, a futuristic check presentation, live music by Nick Aquilino, appearances by DJ Irie, the Miami HEAT Dancers, Burnie the mascot, in-arena P.A. announcer, Michael B., the Golden Oldies, HEAT Banana Man, a silent auction and much more.

Family Festival ticket packages cost $1,000 and provide admission for five persons. To purchase tickets for the HEAT Family Festival, call 786-777-4420.

Media wishing to cover the event must RSVP to Brentan Debysingh at 786-777-4114 or bdebysingh@heat.com no later than Friday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. Space is extremely limited and preference will be given to outlets that regularly cover HEAT and AmericanAirlines Arena games and events.

About The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund
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.