Our Goal | Challenge:
The Irie Foundation works year round to improve and create a positive impact on the lives of South Florida’s at-risk youth. Through a number of proactive initiatives, we are committed to helping kids get on the right track and strive for successful futures. The Foundation, which is supported by remarkable sponsors and partners, also hosts numerous fundraising events, including the annual Irie Weekend, one of South Florida’s most highly anticipated events of the year. All proceeds go toward Foundation programming, as well as to benefit a number of other local and national non-profit organizations.
Seeking to empower at-risk youth to lead productive lives through cultural experiences, educational initiatives mentorship programs, and scholarship opportunities, The Irie Foundation follows the young people it serves from middle school, through high school, and beyond, ultimately aiming to inspire students to graduate, pursue higher education, and aspire towards developing into successful adults.
A highly sought after philanthropist, global brand, entertainer and entrepreneur, IRiE established the Irie Foundation in an effort to provide South Florida’s troubled youth with opportunities they may not otherwise have available to them. Calling Miami home, IRiE has – and continues to be – a supporter of numerous local and national non-profit organizations, in addition to his active role with The Irie Foundation. By approaching the Foundation with the same unyielding passion, energy and commitment that has allowed his career to thrive, Irie and his team continue to expand. In addition to his work in the community, IRiE is an international sensation with a contagious enthusiasm and larger-than -life personality. While he’s certainly a turntable maestro and an authority on electrifying any party, the Irie Music brainchild is no ordinary DJ. Serving as the official DJ of the NBA Champion Miami Heat, Carnival Cruise Lines and superstar Jamie Foxx, as well as brand ambassador to New Era, Heineken, Verizon Wireless and Premier Beverage, the St. Croix native is aligned with many other blue-chip companies, high-profile events and celebrities. Recognized worldwide for his tremendous talent and sharp business acumen, he has picked up numerous accolades, including the Global Spin Awards’ Club DJ of the Year, Charles E. Perry Young Alumni Visionary Award, Grey Goose’s Rising Icon Award and the Southern Entertainment Awards’ Nightclub DJ of the Year. He is a mainstay on “Good Morning America,” and has been featured on “Conan”, “The Early Show”, MTV and E! Entertainment Television, as well as in USA Today, Us Weekly, ESPN The Magazine and countless others.
“I feel very blessed and fortunate for my success, and decided it was time for me to give back to my community in a bigger, more meaningful way. And that’s how the Irie Foundation was born. For me, the satisfaction arrives in the form of smiles on children’s faces. It doesn’t get better than that.”