Two days ago Hublot and Miami HEAT’s Ray Allen raised $191,000 at auction to benefit Diabetes Research Institute Foundation and JDRF. Three 1-piece limited edition watches – the Ray Allen King Power, Ray Allen Big Bang, and Ray Allen Classic Fusion were auctioned off at the Ray Allen Golf Classic Dinner at La Gorce Country Club on Miami Beach. Hublot’s Rick de la Croix shared “I am honored to be a part of this collaboration with Ray Allen. Not only is Hublot able to raise funds for a worthy cause, but we are able to collaborate with a great man, father, athlete and partner. I couldn’t be more proud of the timepieces we created together and am thrilled to be a part of finding a cure for this disease that effects Walker Allen and so many others everyday”.
Hublot also had several additional timepieces on sale at the event, with 15% of proceeds going to both foundations. The timepieces may also be purchased at the exclusive Bal Harbour boutique, with 15% of proceeds going to the cause through Monday.
The day began with Allen and his wife Shannon at the Ray Allen Golf Classic golf tournament where a number of Allen’s Miami HEAT hit the green to show the suppoet, including Chris Bosh, Alonzo Mourning and Rashard Lewis. After that, Shannon and Andria Holtz hosted the Ray of Hope Luncheon, in the presence of HEAT’s star players including LeBron James, Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen and Roger Mason, and their wives and girlfriends, including Dwyane Wade’s fiancé Gabrielle Union.
This was a particularly noteworthy cause for the Allen’s because their son, Walker, was diagnosed with Type1 Diabetes when he was just 17 months old. She expressed her gratitude, stating: “We are elated that our inaugural Ray Allen Golf Classic and Ray of Hope Ladies Luncheon, our first event in Miami, was such an enormous success. The support that we received from our presenting sponsor and partner, Hublot, exceeded every expectation. Grateful, thankful, honored…these words do not accurately express our gratitude for their commitment to raising awareness and funds for the JDRF and DRIF in honor of our son, Walker”.
The event raised close to $500,000 in total including Hublot’s contribution.