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Slam Dunk for Charity!

Bob Drinon present art to Chris Bosh

The  “Heat Wave” VIP party, in celebration of the four-day exhibition of The Art of Basketball (during Art Basel Miami Beach), saw Miami HEAT NBA champions Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh truly in their element of giving. As part of a collaborative endeavor to raise funds through art, Wade and Bosh joined forces with Premier Beverage Company to co-host the evening, which benefited their respective charities.  More than $30,000 was raised.

The evening kicked-off with a red carpet arrival where Wade and Bosh walked the carpet in good company; with other heavy-hitting friends present including:

  • Lebron James
  • James Jones
  • Shane Battier
  • Micky Arison
  • Gabrielle Union

The night peaked when Bob Drinon, president and CEO of Premier Beverage Company and his wife, Susan, presented Wade and Bosh with a check in the amount of $15,000 for the Wade’s World Foundation and Bosh’s Team Tomorrow, Inc. respectively.   Additionally, two pieces of art created by Billi Kid and Joe Iurato were presented to each of the players.

DJ Irie was in charge of the musical backdrop as more than 500 guests indulged in burgers, shakes and fries (compliments of Shake Shack).

The Art of Basketball exhibition was produced by the Public Works Department and curated by artist Billi Kid.  The exhibition paid homage to the Miami HEAT and their recent NBA Championship win.  The exhibition featured a select group of renowned graffiti and street artists who have created portraits of the team’s players – notably Wade and Bosh.  Each piece was created from the most iconic symbols of their championship season, re-imagined NBA backboards and the 2011 NBA All-Star Game floor boards.

The Art of Basketball and Art Basel give Miami a chance to celebrate the city.  It was an honor to be back as a host and to have this year’s exhibit reflect the Heat and the amazing season we had.  It is inspiring to be around.–Chris Bosh

photo credits: Bob Metelus Images

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