MIAMI – The Miami HEAT Charitable Fund raised more than $500,000 during the 16th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival hosted on Sunday, April 7th at Parcel B by the Bay behind the AmericanAirlines Arena. Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines, the event benefitted SafeSpace, the Jackson Memorial Foundation’s Guardian Angels, the Miami Coalition for a Safe & Drug-Free Community and was the most successful in terms of tickets sold and monies raised in the event’s 16-year history.
The Miami HEAT Family Festival, which is one of the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund’s largest annual fundraisers, 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.
This year’s “Festival of the Future” featured the entire Miami HEAT team and coaching staff with special appearances by DJ Irie, the Miami HEAT Dancers, Burnie the mascot, in-arena host Dale, HEAT Television Host and Courtside Reporter Jason Jackson, the Golden Oldies, HEAT Banana Man, live music by Nick Aquilino, delicacies from 45 of South Florida’s finest restaurants, a silent auction and much more. Futuristic elements of the festival included astronaut ice cream, space-age sun glasses, activities such as the Solar System Space Races and rides such as the Space Shuttle Slide and the Rascal Rocket Ride. A time traveling pilot wearing a water-propelled jet pack delivered a check for $503,860. The check was then presented to HEAT players on stage by Tagi the robot.
Source: Miami Heat Media