Loews Miami Beach Hotel this past Oct. 20 once again partnered with NBA Champion and former Miami Heat star Ray Allen for the Ray Allen Loews Miami Beach Hotel Celebrity Golf Tournament. The event raised $75,000 that will directly benefit Miami-Dade County education.
The charity golf event, now in its seventh year, brought together the “who’s who’’ of sports and entertainment at the Miami Beach Golf Club.
This year’s celebrity participants included Allen, Alonzo Mourning, Rip Hamilton, Shane Battier, DJ Irie, Jason Jackson, Jeremy Lincoln, Gary Sheffield and Placido Polanco.
The event benefits DonorsChoose.org, an online charity connecting donors to Miami-Dade County classrooms in need, The Foundation for New Education Initiatives, a Miami-Dade County School Board program created to enhance student achievement and community engagement and Allen’s own Ray of Hope Foundation.
In 2016, Ray of Hope was able to use funds generated during the golf event to create a state-of-the-art computer lab for Horace Mann Middle School. During this year’s tournament, Allen announced that plans are already in motion to create another computer lab for a local school in need using donations from the golf event.
“This tournament gives us the opportunity to generate awareness for the many initiatives that benefit educational programs in our own backyard. With the support of Ray Allen, our sponsors and the sports and entertainment community, we’re able to continue impacting this important cause,” said Alex Tonarelli, Managing Director of the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Participants were treated to culinary dishes prepared by Loews Miami Beach Hotel Executive Chef Frederic Delaire and the hotel’s signature restaurant Lure Fishbar. A pop up of Ray Allen and wife Shannon’s popular restaurant Grown was also on hand, in addition to pop ups of nightclubs Hyde and Rockwell, tastings by Glenlivet, Duvel and more.
A silent auction, raffle and online auction featuring luxury goods also took place, with all proceeds benefiting DonorsChoose.org, The Foundation for New Education Initiatives and Ray of Hope Foundation.
Since its inception in 2010, Loews Miami Beach Hotel’s Celebrity Golf Tournament has raised more than $400,000 in resources for classrooms and students across Miami-Dade County.
Sponsors this year included PSAV, Boucher Brothers, Towne Park, Polaris Slingshot, Cigna, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and Hublot, among others.
The CharityBuzz online auction will remain open through Nov. 1, 2017. Bids can be placed at CharityBuzz.com/RayAllenCGT.