Diggy Simmons, Estelle and DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu) Join a Host of Celebs for
The Hottest Event Series of the Summer
CHICAGO (August 10, 2011) — Bigger and better than ever, NBA superstar Dwyane Wade’s annual Wade’s World Weekend (W3) returns August 25th-27th with a “who’s who” line up of hot talent for the weekend fundraiser. This year’s highlights include Welcome To Chicago Kick-Off Party featuring Estelle at Enclave (8/25); D. Wade’s Celebrity VIP Lounge at 8fifty8 (8/26); D. Wade’s Chicago Has Talent Showcase at the Chicago Theatre featuring Diggy Simmons and Jawan Harris hosted by Rocsi (106 and Park) and Lil Rel (8/27); and The Grand Finale featuring a DJ Set by Lo Down Loretta Brown (aka Erykah Badu) at The Hard Rock Café (8/27).
D. Wade’s Chicago Has Talent Showcase, now in its third year, provides an opportunity for Chicago youth ages 7-18 to share their talents with Wade and a few of his celebrity friends who will judge the competition, naming one lucky Chicago act as the winner. Auditions take place at 9am at the Chicago Theatre, the same day as the evening showcase. In addition to Cash Prizes, winners will receive prizes courtesy of Gatorade, Key Lime Cove, The Mash and more. The 1st Place Prize includes a $3,000 Cash Prize and the opportunity to perform on ABC’s Windy City Live.
New this year is a partnership with Albert’s Diamond Jewelers for the “Albert’s Diamond Dash” to benefit the Wade’s World Foundation. On Sunday, August 21st at 3pm, 100 engaged (or soon to be engaged) couples will participate in a wedding scavenger hunt, racing to find a $20,000 diamond engagement ring. The winning couple will also get to enjoy dinner with Dwyane Wade and friends during W3. The event takes place at Wicker Memorial Park in Highland, Indiana. There is a $25 per couple registration fee that will benefit the Wade’s World Foundation. Couples can register online at www.albertsdiamonddash.com.
This is the fourth year Wade has held the popular charity weekend of events in his hometown to support the foundation’s mission to touch young lives around the globe. “Last year we had an amazing response to the weekend and we are very excited about this years line up,” says Tragil Wade, Executive Director of the Wade’s World Foundation. “The fact that so many figures from the worlds of arts, entertainment and sports to come support the weekend shows that so many people across the country care about our youth.”
Additional Wade’s World Weekend details:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25TH
Welcome to Chicago Kick-Off Party
Featuring Estelle, performing with a live band courtesy of Atlantic Records
Sponsored by Hennessey Black
D. Wade and Wade’s World Foundation welcomes all his celebrity friends visiting Chicago for the big star-studded kick-off party
220 W. Chicago Avenue
9pm – 2am
Admission is $20. For more information visit www.dwade3events.com.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 26TH
D. Wade’s Celebrity VIP Lounge
Sponsored by Heineken
858 W. Lake Street
9pm – 2am
For more information visit www.dwade3events.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27TH
D. Wade’s Chicago Has Talent
Performances by Diggy Simmons and Jawan Harris
Hosted by Rocsi (106 and Park) and Comedian Lil Rel
Sponsored by Key Lime Cove, The Mash, Akira, Clear Channel, Gatorade, Graphix by Dzine, CHA
175 N. State Street
Tickets are $20 and can purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or the Chicago Theatre Box Office.
The Grand Finale
Special Legendary DJ Set by Lo Down Loretta Brown aka Erykah Badu
10pm – 3am
Music provided by DJ Mark Fulla Flava and Luv Bug Starski
Admission is $30. For more information visit www.dwade3events.com.
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About Wade’s World Foundation:
The Wade’s World Foundation was founded to help inspire and provide support to community-based organizations that promote education, health and social skills for kids in at-risk situations. Since the foundation launched in 2003, Wade and his family have been committed to giving back in Chicago, South Florida and throughout the country. Additional programs supported by Wade’s World include Wade’s Annual Christmas Party for South Florida youth, treating kids to a day at Disneyworld, spending time at Miami’s Children Hospital, fulfilling Make-A-Wish Foundation wishes, providing back-to-school supplies for students and spending time with children and families in need. More information on Wade’s World Foundation can be found at www.wadesworldfoundation.org.
About Dwyane Wade:
Dwyane Wade is one of professional basketball’s most successful and popular players. Since he entered the NBA in 2003, Wade has three-times earned All-NBA honors. He led the Miami Heat to its first NBA Championship in 2006 and was named the NBA Finals MVP. That year, he was selected Sports Illustrated Athlete of the Year. He holds Heat single-season franchise records for points, scoring average, field goals made and free throws made. In August 2008, he helped lead the U.S. basketball team to the gold medal at the Beijing summer games. More information can be found at www.dwyanewade.com.