The VIP party celebrating of the fourday exhibition of The Art of Basketball saw Miami Heat NBA champions Dwayne 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.
The evening kicked-off with the arrival of Wade and Bosh walking the red carpet in the company with other heavy-hitting friends, including fellow Heat players Lebron James, James Jones, Shane Battier, owner Micky Arison and actress Gabrielle Union.
The night peaked when Bob Drinon, president/CEO of Premier Beverage, and his wife Susan presented Wade and Bosh with a check for $15,000 for the Wade’s World Foundation and Bosh’s Team Tomorrow. At the same time, two pieces of art created by Billi Kid and Joe Iurato were presented to the players.
The Heat’s own 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. The exhibition paid homage to the Heat and the team’s 2012 NBA Championship. 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 symbols of the championship season, including 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,” said Bosh. “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.”
The Art of Basketball exhibition continues from through Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 2048 NW Miami Ct. Featured artists include Mr. Brainwash, URNY, Sofia Maldonado, The Dude Company, Skewville, Shiro, Cern, Rene Gagnon, Joe Iurato, Ewok One 5MH, Jack Aguire, David Cooper, Cope2, Chris Stain, Gaia, J. Robles, Sero, ECB, Veng, Peat Wollaeger, Junk, Blanco, Bill Fickett and Billi Kid.