HEAT raise over $1.2M for Local Charities during “TAHEATI BEACH” Presented by Hublot
MIAMI, January 26 – On Friday, January 24th, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund raised over $1,200,000 at its benefit “TaHEATi Beach” presented by Hublot. This year’s gala was hosted at the Coral Gables residence of Ray and Shannon Allen and featured a performance by R&B group, Boyz II Men. Team owner Micky Arison, his wife Madeleine, HEAT President Pat Riley, his wife Chris, the entire 2013-14 Miami HEAT team and Head Coach Erik Spoelstra were in attendance. Over 150 guests walked the ultra-exclusive red carpet at the $20,000 per couple event sporting their finest resort chic attire.
Miami HEAT Television Host and Courtside Reporter Jason Jackson conducted a spirited live auction with the help of in-Arena emcee, Dale McLean. The auction included a limited edition Hublot Big Bang Caviar “Lady 305” timepiece along with an all-expenses paid trip to the 2014 World Cup in Rio De Janeiro; a HEAT Name Collection Package featuring an autographed Name Collection jersey for each player, an autographed canvas print of each player’s Name Collection artwork, a pair of game worn shoes and a 15 liter bottle of Moet; and a trip for two with the entire Miami HEAT team during the 2014-15 HEAT pre-season.
Dubbed “TaHEATi Beach” to acknowledge that the Boyz II Men concert performance actually took place on the sand of a private lagoon and beach known as Tahiti Beach, the evening featured a variety of interactive HEAT game night activities. Boyz II Men shared the stage with the entire HEAT team and together they opened the show singing “Motown Philly.” The R&B crooners then wowed the audience by performing many of their smash hits including “Water Runs Dry” and “I’ll Make Love to You.” The group closed the show with “End of the Road,” which they sang alongside hosts Ray and Shannon Allen.
“This is our sixth year bringing players, coaches and guests together for a very personal and enjoyable evening,” said HEAT President, Pat Riley. “It’s such a great way for everyone to relax while raising money for a variety of important causes that are near and dear to us all.”
Moet Hennessy donated a variety of their products while local iconic steakhouse Smith & Wollensky once again provided all of the food for the event. Aventura Limo provided transportation and Metro Signs provided all event signage.
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 violenceshelter 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 socialissues and Home Strong, which provides aid, supports, and honors members of the U.S. military.