Though NBA star Dwyane Wade spends most of his time playing for the Miami Heat, the Chicago native returned to his hometown Sept. 6 for Wade’s World Weekend. To kick off the 10th anniversary of his foundation, Wade hosted guests like Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams for dinner and a live auction at the Peninsula Chicago (108 E. Superior). Later, Wade and his sister, Tragil (who serves as the executive director of the foundation) unveiled the “Choose to Live, Live to Dream” campaign, which supports youth in underserved communities, and presented the Excellence in Philanthropy Award to honorees Laura Ricketts, Steve Harvey and his wife, Marjorie. Wade traded in his tux for a T-shirt the following day for the Live to Dream Festival at Douglas Park, a free day of entertainment, resources and encouragement for children and young adults in the city.
The Sun-Times was the media sponsor of this event.
Photos by Ramzi Dreessen