make a wishBy: Maryanne Salvat 

19th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball 

On Saturday, November 2, Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and InterContinental® Miami will celebrate the 19th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball with a theme inspired by the Vaudevillian era.  Grammy-nominated recording artist Adam Lambert will perform and actress Gabrielle Anwar will return as Celebrity Auctioneer of the Ball, which is chaired by philanthropist Shareef Malnik. In its 18-year history, the event has raised more than $12.3 million, enough to grant wishes for 2,620 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Guests will end the evening with a performance by Adam Lambert, the Indiana-born, California-bred, electro-pop artist who started his career on the eighth season of American Idol. For the sixth consecutive year, Nightclub Vice Chairman Michael Capponi of The Capponi Group will spearhead the official Ball after-party at the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub, introducing Make-A-Wish Southern Florida to the next generation of contributors. Designer Traver Rains will headline the “La Nuit Magique” fashion show, leaving guests time-traveling back to the 1930’s and Vaudevillian acts. Tickets can be purchased at Individual nightclub tickets cost $100. Although the tables and tickets for the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball are sold out, wish sponsorships are still available starting at $5,000. For more information, please visit 


Toro Toro Miami 

Toro Toro Miami, renowned chef/restaurateur Richard Sandoval’s inventive, Pan-Latin contemporary steakhouse, has been earning rave reviews by critics, foodies and locals since it opened in October 2012. The sleek, sexy restaurant and bar, located at the iconic InterContinental Miami hotel, is celebrating its first birthday with a special, prix-fixe three-course tasting menu. From now through November 30,priced at $39 per person – excluding tax and gratuity – the restaurant will offer its loyal patrons and welcomed newcomers a diverse selection of small plates, entrees and decadent desserts.  


marchMarch of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction presented by Goya Foods

One of South Florida’s most popular annual food and wine fundraisers, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction presented by Goya Foods, will return for its 16th year on Wednesday, November 6, featuring an array of amazing chefs from Miami’s most popular restaurants.  The event begins at 6:30 p.m., taking place at the Hyatt Regency Miami in downtown Miami. This year’s extravaganza will showcase dozens of Miami’s top chefs including Timon Balloo of SUGARCANE raw bar grill, Wolfgang Birk of Area 31, David Bracha of Oak Tavern, Aaron Brooks of Edge Steak & Bar at The Four Seasons, Alberto Cabrera of Bread+Butter, Nina Compton of Scarpetta at Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Jamie DeRosa of Tongue & Cheek, Fernando Desa of GOYA, Daisy Diaz of Sabores Café, Eric Do of Toro Toro Miami, Paolo Dorigato of Dolce Italian, Todd Erickson of HaVen Gastro-Lounge and Huahua’s Taqueria, Conor Hanlon of The Dutch at W South Beach, Willy Hernandez of Zielo Restaurant, Alan Hughes of The Embassy, Brian Nasajon of SUSHISAMBA Coral Gables, Luis Quant of Bulla Gastrobar, Philippe Ruiz of Lippi Restaurant, Doug Sisk of The Social Club at Surfcomber and Cesar  Zapata of The Federal. Tables of ten are $3,000, and individual tickets are $300 per person, which includes admission to a special “Meet the Chefs” Reception at 6:30 p.m.  All proceeds from the event benefit the March of Dimes. For more event information and to purchase tables or tickets visit


kites5th annual “Kites for a Cure ®”

Lily’s Light will host its 5th annual “Kites for a Cure ®,” this year sponsored by Memorial Cancer Institute benefiting Uniting Against Lung Cancer on Saturday, November 3, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. (rain or shine) at Tropical Park’s The Hill (Pavilion 10) in Miami, FL. Admission is free but for a donation of $25 ($30 day of), guests receive their own kite to decorate and keep, a T-shirt, a snack sponsored by Whole Foods, and a raffle ticket. This year there will be face painting and a bounce house to mark the 5th anniversary of the event. Hundreds of families are expected to gather at Tropical Park, to decorate and fly their kites with special messages for family members and friends, or general messages of love and hope in an effort to raise lung cancer awareness. Lily’s Light was founded in 2009 in memory of Lily Plaza, a South Florida resident and non-smoker who passed away from lung cancer in 2008. Lily’s Light is a partner of Uniting Against Lung Cancer, a national lung cancer research foundation that has awarded more than $10 million in research grants into diagnosis, treatment and a cure for the disease since 2003. Lung cancer is the nation’s #1 cancer killer, claiming more than 160,000 lives in the U.S. this year alone. To register, make a donation or learn more about Lily’s Light and Uniting Against Lung Cancer, visit the event’s web site at or  If you have questions or would like to volunteer, email

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