Make-A-Wish Gala 2012

One of the most highly anticipated events of the social season, the Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball will take place on Saturday, November 3, at the InterContinental Miami. Expect over-the-top décor at this Indian-themed ball, inspired by India’s vibrant colors, animated street markets, opulent soirees and jubilant Bollywood music. Melanie Amaro, first season winner of The X Factor and South Florida native, will perform, and Burn Notice star Gabrielle Anwar, will return as the celebrity auctioneer for the Ball, which will be chaired by Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge Restaurant l Wine Bar. The party starts with a lavish cocktail, (we’re talking stone crabs) featuring an auction of premier items before moving onto dinner, with background music by Miami Heat DJ, DJ Irie and live-auction bidding on items such as exotic wheels, (think Ferraris and Aston Martins); glittering jewels; and international travel to the some of the world’s premier destinations. After the auction, guests will be entertained by a live performance.  Immediately following the Ball guests can party until the early morning hours at the after party in the Make-A-Wish Nightclub. Tables, wishes and other sponsorship opportunities can be purchased by calling 954.967.9474. For tickets to the Make-A-Wish Nightclub contact 305.695.4410.


Masquerade in the Gardens

Pinecrest Gardens South Florida will host its inaugural “Masquerade in the Gardens” benefit gala on Saturday, November 3 at 7:00 p.m. The fundraiser aims to support conservation of the celebrated property and its various educational initiatives, including activities for special needs students and various free cultural programs for public schools. Guests will be greeted at the entrance with a personal photo on the red carpet while being serenaded by Venezuelan recording artist Thania Sanz. The black tie-optional soiree will continue under the stars on the property’s Lakeview Terrace, set affront a backdrop of live music by renowned jazz diva Debby Orta. Cocktails courtesy of Bacardi, gourmet fare by Macy’s Catering, and decadent sweets by Lily Pâtisserie’s gourmet cookies, Sinful Sweets pastries, and Filled & Frosted cupcakes, along with colorful entertainment including stilt-walkers, jugglers and fire-eaters. The celebration will continue in the meadow, which will be transformed into an enchanting open-air dance floor, where guests can dance to the sounds of the Continental Brass Band and emcee DJ Mike Pileggi. Tickets for “Masquerade in the Gardens” are $150 per person and are available by calling 305.669.6990. For more information on Pinecrest Gardens, please visit


H&M at Lincoln Road Officially Opens

H&M at Lincoln Road will officially open Thursday, November 8 at noon and will provide Miami Beach shoppers access to the latest fashion at the best prices. This location will make internationally influenced trend pieces and updated basics accessible to all in the Miami metropolitan area. H&M at Lincoln Road will offer collections for the whole family including ladies, men, young ladies and young men, with separate “store within store” sections for accessories. This unique location will carry the Swedish retailer’s top men’s and women’s fashion collections, providing even more Floridian shoppers access to the latest fashion and newest trends at the best prices.



Destination Fashion 2012

One event that happens once every three years and leaves the social set longing for its return is Destination Fashion, presented by Micky and Madeleine Arison, which benefits The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis. So much goes on at this event that it seems like a party marathon.In addition to a celebrity concert performance by Enrique Iglesias, Saks Fifth Avenue Bal Harbour is presenting Emilio Pucci’s Spring 2013 Fashion Show Designed by Peter Dundas, and lots of celebrity attendees. NBC News icon Tom Brokaw will Emcee and Honorary Chairs are Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones and his wife Dawn and International Polo sensation Nacho Figueras and his wife Delfina Blaquier.Celebrities and notables will travel through “Destinations” in Bal Harbour Shops and feast on gourmet cuisine, enjoy live interactive entertainment, and witness the presentation of the 2012 Women of Substance & Style, and this year’s Honorees at this high-profile affair.This year’s Destination Fashion, presented by Micky and Madeleine Arison, will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Bal Harbour Shops located at 9700 Collins Avenue. Reserve your tickets now by contacting Stephanie Sayfie Aagaard at (305) 243-4656 or or visiting 


The Wolfsonian Visionaries Host The Art of Illumination  

On November 10, from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., The Wolfsonian Visionaries will host their third annual fundraising event, The Art of Illumination, to benefit The Wolfsonian–Florida International University. The event, which will focus on the power and beauty of light with LED light installations from local artists and designers featured throughout the venue, will be held at the historic Moore Building in the heart of Miami’s famed design district. The evening coincides with the museum’s seventeenth anniversary and will feature signature dishes from Miami’s top restaurants and caterers, as well as top shelf spirits from Bacardi, music, and entertainment. The evening’s theme of illumination is inspired by the Arts of Illumination: Illuminating the Arts, an exterior facade project funded in part through a Knight Arts Challenge grant with support also provided by the Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Isabel and Marvin Leibowitz, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Visionaries challenged a small group of Miami-based artists, designers, and creatives to rethink the influence and everyday use of light with LED installations to be auctioned off at the event. Participants were invited to design an object using Lighting Dynamics LED strip lighting in a way that promotes ambiance, beauty, and innovation. All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit The Wolfsonian. Participating designers include: AECOM, Matthew Anders, Architectonica Interiors, Johanna Boccardo, Rene Gonzalez Architect, rGLOBE, Alexis Cogul Lleonart, Lopez / Jaimes, NC-Office, and Chad Oppenheim. The Lighting Design Challenge is conducted in conjunction with, and with support from, FIU’s School of Architecture.

The Art of Illumination host committee includes Susanne Birbragher, Rene Gonzalez, Iran Issa-Khan, Jaime Odabashian (Visionaries Co-Chair), Douglas Scott (Visionaries Co-Chair), Olga Granda-Scott (Event Chair), Michelle Areces, Nisi Berryman, Viviane de Kuyper-Verduyn, Joshua Dunkelman, Eunique Fowler, Michele Hanash, Sandra Montenegro, Erika Morales, Aimet Oberhausen, Quetsy & Aaron Puckett, Lucia Schito, and Jesse Stolow. Tickets are $150 each. For more information about The Art of Illumination, or to purchase tickets, contact Kelsey Kyle at or 305.535.2626. Tickets can also be purchased online at



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