Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union, and Udonis Haslem at Eighth Annual Irie Weekend
|Courtesy of DJ Irie Foundation|
|From left: Gabrielle Union, DJ Irie, Dwyane Wade, and Udonis Haslem.|
"It's all for the kids," said Wade during the bowling finale of the eighth-annual Irie Weekend's series of events benefiting the Irie Foundation. "Feels good after celebrating the championship to find a way to give back to the community that made it all possible."
Kids from all over South Florida joined in the festivities Sunday at Lucky Strike Lanes in South Beach on behalf of the South Florida After School All Stars and Joe DiMaggio's Children's Hospital. Out in support of the event were Gabrielle Union, Udonis Haslem, and Alonzo Mourning, a true thrill for the kids.
"To see their heroes really gives the kids hope," said parent Jose Abreu of Fort Lauderdale, whose son is a member of the South Florida After School All Stars. "Some of the kids may be facing a life-threatening disease. Knowing their heroes are behind them gives the will to fight."
|Irie, Wade, and Union pose for pictures with the kids.|
Mayor Carlos Gimenez came out for the golf event Friday morning, which also featured such stars as Mourning, Chris Kirkpatrick, Travis McCoy, Jonathan Vilma, and Eddie Jones. Though final figures were not yet made available, early signs say the 2012 event was Irie's best.
"Spending time with the kids [at the inaugural bowling event] was the highlight for me," Irie told County Grind. "On top of that, I believe we raised more money than we ever have before."