Every Little Thing Was Magic

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On November - 14 - 2013
Norman Wedderburn, Shareef Malnik, Gabrielle Anwar, & Robert Hill

Norman Wedderburn, Shareef Malnik, Gabrielle Anwar, & Robert Hill

By: Mary Jo Almeida-Shore

On Saturday, November 2, the InterContinental® Miami was transformed into a night of magic and Vaudevillian shows for the celebration of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida’s 19th Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball.  Nearly 1,000 generous A-listers joined celebrities in raising $2,020,421 for Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. Actress Gabrielle Anwar served as celebrity auctioneer for the evening’s live auction while Grammy-nominated recording artist, and upcoming Glee star, Adam Lambert entertained guests with an energetic, hour-long performance.

Guests were in awe upon entering the reception which featured Vaudevillian vignettes with details and characters so well-conceptualized, that we felt as if we’d stepped into a parallel world, filled with magic and illusion.  We’re talking sword swallowers, traveling bands of minstrels and misfits, bars stocked with mysterious potions, a full-blown burlesque show and a “human” gorilla in a cage above the ballroom entrance.  As if this alone was not enough to  cause sensory overload, the Ball’s much buzzed-about, decadent food stations included a raw bar filled with oysters, lobster, shrimp, king crab and stone crabs and a full sushi bar.  And this was just the beginning.

Following the reception, lavishly outfitted dancers summoned guests into the main ballroom for a sumptuous, 4-course dinner by Chef Alexander Feher, during which Celebrity Auctioneer Gabrielle Anwar (Malnik’s fiancee) kicked off the event’s wish and live auctions by performing an illusion during which Malnik sawed her in half.  During the live auction Anwar tempted the audience with a Voyage aboard The World, the world’s largest privately owned residential yacht, donated by The World, Residences at Sea; an all-inclusive trip to the Vatulele Resort on Vatulele Island, Fiji, vacations to other coveted resorts throughout the world, a 2014 Maserati Ghibli, donated by THE COLLECTION; and fine jewelry.

After dinner, a dashing and charismatic, Adam Lambert took to the stage for a concert that included his hit singles “Whataya Want From Me” and “Trespassing,” as well as songs from his collaboration with Queen.  His charisma and talent had guests crowding the dance floor and singing along.  

In what would have been mile 23 of this “marathon gala,” we were ushered into the 6th annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub, around midnight.  Hosted by “The Three Amigos,” Malnik, Robert Hill and Norm Wedderburn, and spearheaded by Michael Capponi, Vice-Chairman and President and CEO of the Capponi Group, as well as Co-Chairmen Maxwell Blandford, Clif Loftin, Antonio Misuraca, Danny Estevez, Sarah Bromley, Felicia Marquez and the Honorary Host Committee, the official after-party continued the Vaudevillian-era theme with a fashion show from designer Traver Rains, during which Adam Lambert sat front row. Inspired by 1930s burlesque and “modern-day Cirque du Freak,” Rains premiered his “La Nuit Magique” collection while guests celebrated the evening’s success into the early morning.

It was a star-studded night with notable guests including:  Lifetime Benefactors, Nancy and Al Malnik, Indycar Driver Hélio Castroneves; Lea and Roy Black; former Florida Governor Charlie Crist; Queen of Versailles stars Jackie and David Siegal, director/producer Brett Ratner; Designer Traver Rains; Miami Heat Assistant Coach Juwan Howard; boxing promoter Don King, Lisa Pliner, Al and Nancy Malnik, Wayne and Cynthia Boich, Bob Press, Merle and Danny Weiss, Tara Solomon and Nick D’Annunzio, and Stewart Rahr. 

“Now I know how Chuck Yeager felt when he broke the sound barrier,” said Malnik. “My goal this year was to break the $2 million barrier.”  A goal he not only met, but exceeded, by $20, 021!  You can add to this today!   To make magic happen, make a donation to Make-A-Wish by visiting:  https://wish.org.


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