Haute Living and Ulysse Nardin Celebrate World Autism Day with Hassan Whiteside

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Alain Riguidel, Kamal Hotchandani, Ana Wolfington, Hassan Whiteside, Sean Wolfington and Alonzo Mourning attend the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Alain Riguidel, Kamal Hotchandani, Ana Wolfington, Hassan Whiteside, Sean Wolfington and Alonzo Mourning attend the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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Haute Living hosted a very special evening with partner Ulysse Nardin to honor National Autism Day with non-profit organization, Nassan’s Place, and Miami Heat star Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside’s little brother, Nassan, is affected by Autism and the organization was created in order to help support other children and families affected by it as well. The night was made complete with special efforts from Haute Living Miami Humanitarian Award Recipient, Sean Wolfington, a key philanthropic player in the community who helped raise funds for the cause and bring in special elements to make it a memorable affair.

Hassan Whiteside and Nassan Wright-Abubakrr at the National Autism Day Dinner> at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Hassan Whiteside and Nassan Wright-Abubakrr at the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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Ambience at the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Florals by Petal Productions, general ambiance of the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami

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Miami’s elite gathered at the renowned Cipriani Downtown for the exclusive charity dinner where they enjoyed 5-star Italian cuisine, welcome cocktails of Tanqueray Martinis and the spot’s signature bellini’s, beats by DJ Arkitekt that kept them on the dance floor all night long and a special music performance by Grammy award-winning artist Siedah Garrett, famous for writing Michael Jackson’s iconic Man in the Mirror, which she performed for the audience that evening.

Kamal Hotchandani, Miami Beach Cmommisioner Michael Gireco and Hassan Whiteside at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Kamal Hotchandani, Miami Beach Commisioner Michael Gireco and Hassan Whiteside at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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Before dinner started, city commissioner Michael Grieco presented two special awards to Hassan Whiteside and Sean Wolfington for their outstanding philanthropic endeavors on behalf of the city of Miami. Sean Wolfington gave a heartfelt speech giving thanks to Nadine Wright-Abubakrr, president of the organization and Nassan’s mother, and others involved in the charity for its efforts to help give children and families affected by Autism a better life.

Ana and Sean Wolfington on stage at the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Ana and Sean Wolfington on stage at the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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Later in the evening, a live auction took place which raised further funds for the organization. Auction items included: A Miami Heat Experience (2 court-side tickets, a signed Jersey by Hassan Whiteside and a signed basketball) from Sean Wolfington; a beautiful painting collaborated by Romero Britto and author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho, titled “Blessings”; a walk-on role to a Tyler Perry movie from Ozzie Arue; a Paul Gerben painting of Muhammed Ali; a stunning timepiece from Ulysse Nardin; a pre-paid apartment in Miami Gardens from the Lehman family; and a weekend getaway to Fisher Island in a world-class apartment from Karolina Kurkova and Archie Drury.

Siedah Garrett performs on stage at the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Siedah Garrett performs on stage at the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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Silent auction items also included a beautiful clutch from Roberto Cavalli, a Turnberry âme spa experience, an original mixed media piece called “The Joy Dance” from Electrica Gallery, and a Sisley gift basket with goodies from Lancôme and Giorgio Armani. Guests also received a gift card from Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell City Centre in each of their menus.

Jonathon Cheban poses for a portrait at the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Jonathan Cheban poses for a portrait at the National Autism Day Dinner at Cipriani Downtown Miami on April 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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In total, the event raised more than $69,500 which directly benefitted the foundation. Notable attendees who came out to support the cause included Alain Riguidel of Ulysse Nardin, Alonzo and Tracy MourningKarolina Kurkova and Archie DruryJonathan Cheban, Gil DezerTommy Kato, Ozzie Areu, Gonzalo MoralesMyles Shear, artist Paul Gerben, Haute Living CEO Kamal Hotchandani and more.

 

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