Some Enchanted Evening

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On November - 12 - 2008

The InterContinental Hotel was transformed into an enchanted forest for the14th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, one of the premier and most well-attended events of the Kim Kardashian, The Forges Shareef Malnik, Richie Rich, HBO Entourage Star Adrien Greniersocial season.More than 900 A- listers were treated to a night of surprises from the moment they entered the hotel’s lobby, replete with mythical creatures including living tables, talking trees, centaurs, nymphs, and of course, little people, (the new requisite party props), think Narnia meets Neverland. Enormous butterflies of every color hung from the ceiling throughout the lobby and ballroom and there were even fairies swinging from bejeweled swings above the dance floor. Several of the well-heeled guests were surprised while waiting for delicacies from the lavish raw bar, for which this gala is known, to find that one of the columns of the surrounding gazebo, moved or tapped them on the shoulder. During the sumptuous dinner, the gracious and gorgeous reality television personality, Kim Kardashian, emceed the extravagant live auction, the most unusual items of which included a 2009 Aston Martin DBS, an Aspen home rental, a package of 10 Lasik procedures, and a walk-on role on the set of HBO’s Entourage. Charming and adorable cult favorite, Entourage star, Adrian Grenier capped off the gala with a musical performance by his band, The Honeybrothers.


Following the ball, guests were escorted into the Make-A-Wish Nightclub, a.k.a. the Chopin Ballroom, which had been turned into a swank after-hours venue to rival the hottest nightclubs on South Beach. This came as no surprise as it was created by two successful nightlife impresarios: real estate developer/nightlife ambassador, Michael Capponi and Ball Chairman, Shareef Malnik, owner of the iconic restaurant, The Forge and sister- nightclub, Glass. Co-hosted by Kim Kardashian and Adrian Grenier, the Make-A-Wish Nightclub featured a fashion show and performance by designer Richie Rich, who was most animated, as usual. The nightclub’s elevated runway-cum-dance floor, flanked on either side by glowing white Lucite banquets, was jam-packed until 3:30 a.m. by guests, who danced along with latex-clad Go-Go dancers to the energetic, crowd-pleasing beats of progressive DJs, Joe Dert and Joe Santiago. This after party was so wild that it left at least a few of the 1, 300 guests in attendance wondering if the gala itself was really just a “pre-party.”



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