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Heat Host 14th Annual Miami Heat Charitable Fund Gala

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Miami Heat Charitable Fund Gala Shines Bright with “Hoops and High Fashion” Theme.

Heat players, Team President Pat Riley and Rick Ross chime in.

January 22nd, 2023

The 14th Annual Miami Heat Charitable Fund Gala, themed “Hoops and High Fashion,” took center stage at the glamorous Kaseya Center. Hosted by esteemed philanthropists Micky and Madeleine Arison, alongside iconic Heat figures Pat and Chris Riley, the exclusive fundraising event was a night to remember, blending star power, style, and a commitment to giving back.

The gala played host to the entire 2023-24 Miami HEAT team, treating attendees to a culinary experience provided by Smith & Wollensky and a soulful performance by six-time Grammy-nominated R&B group En Vogue.

A live auction added an extra layer of excitement, featuring sought-after items such as exclusive tickets to the 2024 NBA In Season Tournament and an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris in 2024.

“Hoops and High Fashion” wasn’t just a celebration; it was an immersive experience where the worlds of basketball and high-fashion evening wear seamlessly merged. Guests had the privilege of mingling with HEAT players, coaches, and celebrities, enjoying cocktails and dancing, all while contributing to the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund’s noble cause.

The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund is committed to making a positive impact on at-risk families in South Florida, supporting initiatives such as Jackson Memorial Foundation Angels for Holtz Children’s Hospital, SafeSpace (a domestic violence prevention center for women and children), Dedication to Community, and Home Strong. Since its inception in 2006, the gala has raised an impressive total of over $11 million, significantly aiding these crucial programs.

As the night concluded, the 14th Annual Miami Heat Charitable Fund Gala stood as a testament to the power of sports, fashion, and philanthropy uniting for the greater good, leaving a lasting impact on the South Florida community.

  • Alonzo Mourning chats during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. Photo by George Nassif

  • Caleb Martin chats during Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. Photo by George Nassif

  • Jaime Jaquez Jr. chimes in during Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. Photo by George Nassif

  • Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. Photo by George Nassif

  • Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. Photo by George Nassif

  • Duncan Robinson chimes in during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • Rick Ross chimes in during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • Miami Heat play-by-play announcer Eric Reid during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • Thomas Bryant during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • Cole Swider during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • Bam Adebayo during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • Nikola Jović during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

  • Kevin Love chimes in during the 14th Annual Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Gala

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