South Florida native Jason Derulo is set to give back Nov. 11 with a private, unique concert at the Mandarin Oriental in downtown Miami.
Derulo, 28, is scheduled to entertain 500-plus well-heeled South Floridians as part of a benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, the 30th Annual Yacht RendezVous.
Derulo’s big hits do well with folks who own mega-yachts and will dock them at Fisher Island for the three-day RendezVous.
“I do quite a few charity appearances, but this one is special,” Derulo said in an interview by telephone from New York. “I was a member of the Marti Huizenga Club in Hollywood, and that’s where I learned to do a lot of things. I learned music and basketball, pool and ping pong.
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“Every day after school. This one definitely hits home.”
How much does he care?
Derulo will be performing several shows this weekend in New Zealand then is planning to hightail it 13,000 miles back to South Florida in time for the Nov. 11 gig.
Born to poor Haitian immigrants, Derulo — aka Jason Desrouleaux — credits the Boys & Girls Club, which caters to at-risk youths, for teaching him the basic skills he needed to launch his hip-hop career.
As a matter of fact, Derulo was just 11 at the Y2K Yacht RendezVous when he hopped on stage to sing “I Believe I Can Fly” with featured entertainer Michael Bolton. Derulo still has a video recording.
Derulo also talked about his ties to the area, although he sold his Coconut Creek mansion last year for $1.9 million to spend more time in Los Angeles.
“Well, L.A. is for my work,” he says. “But Miami is for my family.
“I did buy a condo in Miami Beach recently.”
Derulo recently made news with the costume he wore to a Halloween party in L.A., Night King of “Game of Thrones.” .
“I loved the show so I decided to go hard,” he says. “I never really did Halloween as a kid. When you have money issues, Halloween costumes were very low on the list of things you need.”
And when Derulo says he went hard, he did: It took three hours to get him into the costume, and two to get out.
The yacht rendezvous starts Nov. 9 at Fisher Island’s dock with a VIP party then continues to Nov. 10 with a yacht hop and Nov. 11 for the Derulo gala. Tickets are on sale here for $1,500 for the three days, or $500 for the yacht hop and $500 for the Derulo gala.