Heat raise over $1.1M for local charities during "Black Tie on ocean drive" presented by hublot


On Saturday, March 14th, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund raised over $1,100,000 at its benefit “Black Tie on Ocean Drive” presented by Hublot. This year’s gala was hosted at The Betsy-South Beach and featured a performance by seven-time Grammy award winner, Toni Braxton. Team owner Micky Arison, his wife Madeleine, HEAT President Pat Riley, his wife Chris, the 2014-15 Miami HEAT team and Head Coach Erik Spoelstra were in attendance. The gala’s cocktail hour was hosted on world-renowned Ocean Drive, which was closed to vehicular traffic. This was the first time the event was hosted in a semi-public venue, which gave HEAT fans the opportunity to see their favorite Miami HEAT players arrive via a red carpet entrance in front of the Betsy. Over 175 guests attended the ultra-exclusive event sporting their elegant Black Tie attire.

Miami HEAT Television Host and Courtside Reporter Jason Jackson conducted a spirited live auction, which included a limited edition Classic Fusion Dwyane Wade HUBLOT timepiece, a VIP, all expenses paid trip to the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, and a collection of exclusive Miami HEAT Experiences dubbed “My Favorite Things.” HEAT President Pat Riley spontaneously pledged a $5,000 donation to the team’s Home Strong military initiative and encouraged guests to follow suit. Those impromptu pledges alone raised $75,000. Three additional Dwyane Wade Classic Fusion timepieces, which HUBLOT offered to engrave with “HEAT Lifer,” where also auctioned for $30,000 apiece.

The evening’s Black Tie theme was inspired by the team’s Black Tie uniform, which was unveiled earlier in the season. Black Tie marries the concepts of athletics and basketball to elegance and fashion amid the iconic backdrop of South Beach. R&B songstress Toni Braxton opened with “You’re Making Me High” while Co-Captains Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem ushered her onto the stage where she was joined by the entire team. Braxton also performed mega hits “Un-Break My Heart,” “You Mean the World To Me,” and “Breathe Again,” as well as “Where Did We Go Wrong,” from her recent Grammy award winning album. Gabrielle Union and Mario Chalmers’ girlfriend, Paije Speights, joined Braxton on stage to sing “Another Sad Love Song.”

“For seven years, we have hosted this intimate gathering where our guests join our players, coaches and their families for a special experience,” said HEAT President, Pat Riley. “Bringing the event to Ocean Drive in South Beach resulted in a unique and very memorable evening. The best part is that we raised quite a bit of money for the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund and its beneficiaries.”