Irie Weekend a success

On Thursday, 30 kids from the Irie Foundation got together at the Miami Beach Golf Course to play golf for the “#Inspirie Kids Golf Clinic.” The event was the first out of various consecutive occasions throughout the 11th Annual Irie Weekend. “These are kid that wouldn’t ever have an opportunity to just walk onto a golf course,” said DJ Irie, who founded the Irie Foundation in 2011. “They can go outside and throw a football around and bounce a basketball but for them to have the opportunity to really learn the game of golf is what we are all about: Having opportunities that they wouldn’t usually have, and you see them out there; seeing the smile on their face is awesome.”

Irie Weekend focuses on raising funds for the Irie Foundation, by hosting various events flooded with celebrity appearances and sponsorships.

Thursday morning’s golf tournament followed with the VIP Kick Off Concert, which started at 8 p.m. The pool area at the Surfcomber Hotel in South Beach welcomed guests and celebrities for a night of celebration and special performances. Fat Joe, Cee Lo Green, Jermaine Dupri and Big Lip, were all seen mingling during the evening.

“It’s about giving back to the community which I really love, and I love doing that too,” said singer Natalie La Rose, who made an appearance and later hit the stage to perform her single “Somebody. ”I think it’s important that if you gain success and power, you do something good with it, so I appreciate and respect it a lot. “ La Rose was followed by musician Wyclef Jean who promised a night of partying, fun and good energy. His show included singing, backflips, guitar playing, dancing in the crowd and singing happy birthday to DJ Irie. On Friday, June 19 the Celebrity Golf Tournament began at 11 a.m. The attendees were welcomed with a “Target tent” outside where they could socialize, enjoy drinks, eat candy at a candy buffet and listen to music. After Irie gave a speech of appreciation and the national anthem was sung, the celebrities went off in their golf carts to play. Familiar faces included Nina Agdal, Chris Kirkpatrick, Reggie Bush, Uncle Lou and Jason Jackson.

“The thing that I love about what he does here is that his foundation pin-points the most important thing: at risk youth, combining it with education,” Jackson said. “The young people that he impacts; this is a trampoline outside of what would have probably been a dead-end situation.” On Saturday – also day three – was the “IWXI BBQ Beach Bash,” at the Surfcomber.

The cookout and pool party began at noon and ended at 5 p.m., offering burgers and hot-dogs, a bar of coconut water and colorful chairs for guests to sit and sip on drinks.

YesJulz, Miami’s socialite and self-proclaimed “director of vibes, hosted the pool party along DJ Irie, with a special appearance by Pitbull, who ended his speech with a jump in the pool along with Irie. “Irie weekend is the main funding aspect for the foundation,” said Kyle Post, director of operations and programming for the Irie Foundation. “All the fundraising efforts here help us support the kids of South Florida. They are the future of us and we need people that can move and grow and graduate and move on and be fruitful in their careers and we need to help them out to get to that level.”