DJ Irie’s Weekend Extravaganza and BridesBlow-out Bash

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On July - 4 - 2012

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

After keeping millions of fans upbeat and entertained throughout the Heat’s championship season, Miami’s own DJ Irie hosted his 8th annual three-day action – packed charity weekend last weekend. The 2012 Irie Weekend began Thursday night with an exclusive Chambord vodka Carnaval themed kick-off event at a private residence on Star Island. The party was so big that the valet had to park the cars a few miles away- and was full to capacity by 10 p.m. -just an hour after the party started.  Guests enjoyed nibbles and cocktails throughout the sprawling, ocean-front property, dancing all night despite the sweltering heat.  Dennis Rodman, dressed with his typical flair, kept himself busy with the Brazilian showgirls as VIP guests gathered on the second floor to sing “Happy Birthday” to DJ Irie, who had celebrated his birthday on the night the Heat won the NBA Finals. 

On Friday, the New Era Celebrity Golf Tournament took place at the beautiful Melreese Country Club where Mayor Carlos Gimenez proclaimed June 29 “DJ Irie Day” and presented Irie with a proclamation amid cheers from the excited crowd. The golf tournament, which Irie admits is “90% party and 10% golf,” featured terrific food from food trucks including Palate Party and Monster Lobster and tastings from Hooters, Miami Subs, Epicure and The Soup Man (the Seinfeld off-shoot). On the green guests enjoyed great music, ice cold Heineken, Red Bull and cocktails. Celebrity and pro athlete participants included Alonzo Mourning, Chris Kirkpatrick, Travis McCoy, Jonathan Vilma, and Eddie Jones to name a few. Saturday evening’s bowling event at Lucky Strike Lanes drew Dwyane Wade, Gabriel Union, Udonis Haslem, Alonzo & Tracy Mourning and a few hundred supporters who mingled with kids from the South Florida After–School All–Stars, Provider and Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Following the bowling fun, the night culminated with a party at Arkadia Lounge. Proceeds raised throughout the weekend, which was presented by LAR consulting,, Verizon and Lou La Vie, benefitted the Irie Foundation which supports the health and social needs of children in South Florida and is also responsive to tragic national events.



BridesBlow-out Bash 

On Thursday evening, the largest publisher of luxury city magazines in the United States, Modern Luxury, celebrated the release of the premiere issue of Modern Luxury Brides South Florida & The Caribbean with an elegant cocktail launch party at Turnberry Isle Miami. We knew this event would be spectacular as soon as we entered the beautiful ballroom, awash in red light, after being greeted by a receiving line of gorgeous male models expertly outfitted in trim tuxedoes (nothing says “welcome” quite like that)! Once inside, we were taken by the décor, conceptualized by Jose Graterol Designs which featured exquisite details including larger-than-life, striking floral arrangements, along with couture linens, and elegant furnishings. 

Guests mingled and sipped Cointreau and Russian Standard vodka cocktails, while tasting samples from gourmet food stations by Turnberry Isle Miami, including an American Caviar Parfait prepared by celebrity chef Michael Mina, who was in attendance. Guests had a blast posing in the photo booth from H Squared Concepts while enjoying music by sultry jazz vocalist Jessi Campo

Miami Group Publisher Anne Owen and Modern Luxury Brides South Florida & The Caribbean Editor-in-Chief Riki Altman took to the stage to thank the crowd, unveil the inaugural issue and toast with Piper Heidsieck, before introducing Academy Award nominated, singer/songwriter Jon McLaughlin who performed a live acoustic set which included his hit single, When Summer is Over. DJ Pabanor kept the dance floor packed late into the evening. After this launch, we couldn’t help but think that “weddings” would make for a great party theme. 

VIP attendees included actor, Christian Slater, Donald Soffer, Mark and Robin Levinson, Lebo and Camille Thiry Russler.


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