Miami HEAT Family Festival
The Miami HEAT Family Festival presented by Carnival Cruise Line takes place in the Spring of each season. It is a themed, interactive, carnival-like celebration in which HEAT players, coaches, celebrities and about 1,500 fans and families come together for a day full of fun in an effort to raise vital dollars for local charities. In addition to the fanfare at the event, top restaurants and chefs from South Florida create a memorable dining extravaganza.
Established in 2006, Home Strong is an ongoing program that salutes and honors the courageous men and women in uniform for their dedication to the United States Armed Forces. Home Strong’s mission is to give aid, support and recognition to any person who has been in harm’s way in the military service. Pat Riley and the Miami HEAT created this initiative as a means of paying tribute to our soldiers and veterans. Currently, the program is working in partnership with Ultimate Software to provide further assistance with the unmet needs of military personnel and their families who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and reside in the South Florida area.
*HEAT Home Strong Recognition Program: Hosts, honors and supports military personnel and their families who have served in combat and reside in the South Florida area.
*Fisher House Foundation: Builds and maintains a “home away from home” at no charge for military families of patients receiving medical care at nearby VA medical centers.
*Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade: The Miami HEAT works alongside members of the U.S. Armed Forces to help renovate homes of local veterans while funding the renovation.
Miami HEAT Golf Classic
The Annual Miami HEAT Golf Classic has offered golfers an opportunity to tackle some of the most prominent golf courses around town, such as Don Shula’s in Miami Lakes, the Trump National Doral Miami, the Miccosukee Golf & Country Club, and most recently, the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club. All net proceeds benefit the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund.
Miami HEAT Player Ticket Program
One of the most generous and trendsetting programs in the NBA, the Miami HEAT’s Player Ticket Program will spend the entire regular season reaching out to children who typically would only dream of watching a HEAT game live. HEAT players will join forces to donate tickets for every single home game to local charitable organizations and over the course of the 2017-18 season, more than 5,000 children, many for the first time, will have the opportunity to enjoy a HEAT game, courtesy of their favorite HEAT players and role models. Players also graciously provide several private ‘Meet & Greet” opportunities for the groups prior to each HEAT home game, where the players talk to children, sign autographs and take pictures.
Miami HEAT Gala
Every spring the Miami HEAT players and coaches join Micky and Madeleine Arison and Pat and Chris Riley to raise funds during an exclusive gala. The outdoor bash features a private dinner and live performances by musical artists. Past performers at this event have included Michael McDonald, Gladys Knight, Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Mary J. Blige. The evening is also highlighted by a live auction featuring exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences. Guests can mingle with HEAT players and coaches; enjoy cocktails and a night of dancing, while also raising funds for the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund. With the support of loyal family and friends, the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund has been able to raise more than $7 million in total since the event’s inception in 2006.