Make-A-Wish Kick Off

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On June - 1 - 2010
Shareef Malnik, Ken Gorin, and Robert Hill

Shareef Malnik, Ken Gorin, and Robert Hill

One of our favorite events every year the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, is so huge that it has several pre-parties in its anticipation.  One such party took place last Thursday at the InterContinental Miami.  The purpose of this kick off celebration (which follows the Make A Wish Garden Party that was held last month) was to officially anounce the date of the Ball, which will be held on Saturday, November 6. Over 250 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists including the Ball’s “Three Amigos” – Norman Wedderburn, President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida; Shareef Malnik, Ball Chairman and proprietor of The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar; and Robert Hill, Gala Host and General Manager of InterContinental Miami gathered for signature cocktails and scrumptious fare, including a Kobe beef carving station and made-to-order risotto.  Celebrity DJ, Irie, provided the musical entertainment.  Wedderburn, Malnik and Hill officially announced this year’s Asian theme and hinted at the special host.  While we’ve been sworn to secrecy, we will say she is “muy caliente!” Stay tuned– we promise to blow the whistle in the very near future.

Esteemed guests at the Make A Wish kick-off included James Ferraro, founder of the Ferraro Law Firm and Wish Benefactor, and wife Patricia Delinois; Ken Gorin, owner of THE COLLECTION; Evelyn Lozada and Suzanne Ketcham of VH1’s reality show Basketball Wives; former banker-turned-professor and Star Jones’ ex-husband Al Reynolds; Robert Press of Trafalgar Capital Advisors; Founding Benefactor Barbara Glicken; nightlife impresario Michael Capponi; luxury handbag designer Laura Buccellati; author and scholar Dr. José Azel; Dr. Edward M. Freedman; and Danny and  Merle Weiss.

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