The pre party for the November 6th, 2010 Main Event – InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball Garden Party held at Al and Nacncy Malnik’s ocean front estate

Posted by Alvin Malnik on November 08, 2010
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Miami, FL (April 21, 2010) –  On Sunday, April 18, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida held the 2010 InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball Garden Party, a cocktail reception for South Florida’s top philanthropists. Hosted by Lifetime Benefactors Al and Nancy Malnik at their oceanfront estate in Ocean Ridge, the intimate gathering was the first event of the year in honor of the highly anticipated annual ball, to be held Saturday, November 6, 2010.

“I am extremely moved by the support we received on this very special day,” said Shareef Malnik, Chairman of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball. “It clearly shows that the Ball and its cause have one of the most loyal followings, and for this I am extremely grateful. I would also like to thank my father Al and his lovely wife Nancy for putting on this beautiful event each year, which honors those generous individuals who help make wishes come true.”

Guests at the Garden Party included “The Three Amigos:” Norman Wedderburn, President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida; Shareef Malnik, Ball Chairman and proprietor of The Forge; and Robert Hill, Gala Host and General Manager of InterContinental Miami. Special guests included legendary boxing promoter Don King, Burn Notice actress Gabrielle Anwar and designer Rene Ruiz. Guests enjoyed Rising Suns, a specialty cocktail designed by The Forge Restaurant & Wine Bar’s mixologist; hors d’oeuvres; beats by DJ Joe Dert and a performance by Japanese Taiko drummers Fushu Daiko.

“This year’s Garden Party was a truly memorable event. Not only was it the first for Shareef’s and my new “amigo” Robert Hill, but especially because it had its best attendance yet, despite the April showers. This proves not only that the power of a wish is alive and well, but also gives me hope that this year’s Ball will be better than ever,” said Norm Wedderburn, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida’s President/CEO.

The Garden Party was first event of the year in honor of the upcoming 16th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball. This year’s Ball will mark the 27th anniversary of The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.  Last year’s Ball raised more than $1 million and granted 200 wishes, more than 40 percent of all the wishes the chapter granted last year.

For the past 15 years, InterContinental Miami has worked exclusively with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida on the annual Ball. “Our partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida is a testament to our commitment to give back to the community,” said Robert Hill. “I am very much looking forward to my first Ball as Gala Host and most importantly, making dreams come true for these very special children.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida grants the wishes of children who have life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Covering a 13-county territory of Southern Florida, the chapter’s goal is to grant more than 525 wishes in 2010. For more information, contact the Foundation at (888) 773-WISH or log on to

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