The 20th Annual Miami HEAT Family Festival presented by Carnival Cruise Line served as backdrop for a great afternoon of philanthropy benefiting our Guardian Angels. The music and food festival, which took place at the American Airlines Arena, drew thousands who came together to enjoy the carnival-like celebration where HEAT players, coaches, celebrities and families came together for a day of fun activities. The highlight of the afternoon included a check presentation where the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund awarded a donation of $554,245 to SafeSpace and JHF Guardian Angels. On stage, to receive the funds on behalf of our Guardian Angels were, Jackson Health Foundation’s Immediate Past Board Chair, Silvia Rios Fortun and Jackson Health Foundation’s President & CEO, Keith R. Tribble, accompanied by Guardian Angels, Linette Guerra and Marilyn Samlut, alongside Jackson Health Foundation’s VP of Development, Cory Witherspoon.
The MIAMI MADE themed event recognized the people, places, sights and sounds that define Miami/South Florida which make the HEAT an undoubtedly unique team in the NBA. Guests of all ages enjoyed countless amounts of interactive activities and engaged with HEAT players, coaches and their families. The festival featured a food court with delicacies from over 50 of South Florida’s finest restaurants, music by DJ Irie, the Miami Heat Dancers, Burnie the mascot, the Golden Oldies and a silent auction, amongst other activities.
Established in 1997, the JHF Guardian Angels raise funds to enhance and expand pediatric specialty programs and services at Holtz Children’s Hospital. One of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeast United States, Holtz Children’s is known worldwide for their team of pediatric specialists experienced in caring for children with all types needs. From routine care to life-saving procedures, Holtz Children’s Hospital gives more children a second chance at living a fuller life.
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