Make A Wish 15th Annual Ball – The People Behind It

Posted by Alvin Malnik on February 08, 2010
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Gala Chairman Shareef MalnikShareef Malnik
Gala Chairman

Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge restaurant in Miami Beach and the Gala Chairman for the fifth consecutive year, became involved as the Chairman to reinvigorate the image of the Ball.  “I believe very strongly in what the Make-A-Wish organization stands for and I saw the opportunity to be able to use my expertise in events and marketing to increase the fundraising potential of this event.  In my first year [as Gala Chairman], we broke every fundraising and attendance record in the event’s history!”  Malnik’s motivation to continue his involvement comes from seeing the happiness that the Foundation is able to bring to deserving children’s lives.  After experiencing the diagnosis of his younger brother with Leukemia and having him become eligible to receive a wish from the organization, Malnik was able to grasp the importance and the hope that a wish provides.  Thankfully, his brother is now cancer-free, but Malnik continues to bring improvements to the event.

Gala Host Jack J. MillerRobert B. Hill
General Manager,
InterContinenal Miami

Robert B. Hill, General Manager at the InterContinental Miami since September 2009 is a 20-year veteran in the hospitality industry and most recently comes from the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin where he served as General Manager since 2006. Prior to that, he served as Hotel Manager at the InterContinental Chicago and Executive Assistant Manager at the Willard InterContinental in Washington D.C. Robert returns to Miami where he previously held the position of Assistant Food & Beverage Director from 1996 to 1999. He has also held positions at InterContinental properties in Maui and London. Robert is a native of Limerick, Ireland and graduated from the prestigious Shannon College of Hotel Management.“Robert has proven his commitment to the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts brand, and his experience will be instrumental in continuing the success of one of our finest properties,” said Lew Fader, vice president of operations, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, North America. “We’re delighted that he has taken this next step in his career with us and know that he will be an asset to the InterContinental Miami.”

Lifetime Benefactors Al & Nancy Malnik Grand Banafactors Stanley & Gala Cohen Founding Benefactors Howard & Barbara Glicken Wish Benefactor James L. Ferraro
Lifetime Benefactors
Al & Nancy Malnik
Grand Benefactors
Stanley & Gala Cohen
Founding Benefactors
Howard & Barbara Glicken
Wish Star Benefactor
James L. Ferraro

Wish Benefactors
Harvey & Roberta Chaplin
Stuart A. Miller, Lennar Corporation
Robert Press, Trafalgar Capital Advisors

Dream Catchers
Drs. Roger & Ginger Medel
E. Roe & Penny Stamps

Honorary Chairpersons
Jonathan Babicka
Karim Benyahia & Pascale Van Cleemput Benyahia
Jason & Haley Binn
Maxwell Blandford
Michael Capponi
Cynthia Carr
Wayne & Arlene Chaplin
Jeffrey & Linda Chodorow
Jeffrey & Michelle Eisenberg
Katherine Fernandez-Rundle
Barry Florescue
Willie & Gloria Gary
Ken Gorin
Austin & Sara Harrelson
Lady Monica Heftler
Patrik Hoffman
Courtland Lantaff
Laurence Leavy
Evan Lefferts
Donald & Judy Lefton
Clif Loftin
Peter Loftin
Andrew & Lisa Mandala
Dr. Frederick Miller & Sharon Barnwell-Miller
Eric Milon
Antonio Misuraca
Stephen & Sandra Muss
Adam Nathanson
Richard Polidori
Gail Posner
Jerry & Sandi Powers
J.R. & Loren Ridinger
Jerry & Joan Robins
Brad Rosenblatt
Jaime Rubinson
Rene Ruiz
David Scheiner
Jacqueline Simkin
Count Alan & Countess Claudine Smurfit
Ira Sochet & Sheree Savar Sochet
Bruce Sutka
Brian & Karyn Tageson
Bobby Yampolsky
Jordan & Denise Zimmerman


After the Ball, the party continues well into the night at the exclusive
InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub.

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