Al Malnik Makes Pledge To Jay Weiss Center

Posted by Alvin Malnik on March 22, 2011
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“Jay was the finest, nicest, kindest human being I’ve ever met in my life,” says Al Malnik, who has pledged $1 million to support the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity, named in honor of his long time friend. “I knew how much Jay enjoyed the work he was doing with the medical school, so when was told there was going to be a medical center that would not only be named after him, but also be devoted to doing the activities he so loved, I wanted to be a part of it for sure.”
The Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity was officially established in 2005 in memory of Miami’s well known philanthropist Jay W. Weiss, a longtime champion of the underserved in the Miami-Dade County community.
Considered “best of friends” since the day they met, Al Malnik and Jay’s friendship dates back to the late 1950s. Jay’s daughter, Jennie Block, says, “I can’t remember a time when our families have not been friends. Al was always very proud of my dad and his work on behalf of the community. We’re deeply appreciative of his support and many, many years of friendship. He continues to be a good friend to my father in death as he was in life.”
Al Malnik was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Miami to pursue a law degree at the University of Miami, which he earned in 1959, and has been here ever since. He practiced law and in 1968 founded the legendary The Forge Restaurant, a Miami Beach dining institution. His son, Shareef Malnik, became the owner of The Forge Restaurant in 1991 and is now CEO of the operation. Al Malnik has been presented with the key to Miami Beach twice for The Forge’s contributions to the community.
“When (Dean Emeritus) Bernie Fogel, Jennie, and I had lunch with Al, he reflected on the nearly 50 years of their friendship and about one quality in particular that he felt most passionate about. It was Jay’s ability to make you go further than you imagined you could,” says Jay’s daughter, Laurie Nuell. “He recalled a time when he really was questioning himself and was not as confident as he should have been. Jay told him that he could be anything he wanted to be and should not settle for less. In many of his successes, it was always Jay’s encouragement that helped him. As a friend, he could always turn to Jay for support—they were like brothers.”
Malnik, like his friend Jay Weiss, is deeply committed to helping his community. The Jay Weiss Center is just one of numerous organizations he supports. He is an active board member of many local arts and civic organizations, such as the United Foundation for AIDS, Miami City Ballet, and Miami Symphony. The Malnik family is also deeply committed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation: Shareef Malnik is the gala chairman of the Annual Intercontinental Make-A-Wish Ball, and Al and Nancy Malnik are lifetime benefactors of the organization. The Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce has honored Al Malnik and his son, Shareef, as Outstanding Citizens of the Year.

Miami Beach Int’l Fashion Week Kicks Off at the Mondrian

Posted by Alvin Malnik on February 24, 2011
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Ten South Florida philanthropists were honored at the 2nd Annual Humanitarian Awards at the kick off cocktail for Miami Beach International Fashion Week. Organized by Sobol-Perry Fashion Productions, the glamorous party, held poolside at the Mondrian Hotel, was also a fundraiser for Miami Fashion Week Foundation, Inc. The foundation raises scholarship funds for new designers and students of the fashion and design arts. Sponsors were Tiffany & Co. and Moroccan Oil.

Television news anchor Brian Andrews and radio personality Ileana Garcia served as lively emcees. The award recipients were NBC 6 news anchor Jackie Nespral; The Forge owner, Shareef Malnik; MGS Communications’ Manuel Machado; event producer/caterer Joy Wallace; Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas; Vince Castro; socialite Tina Carlo; Inktel CEO Ricky Arriola; Dr. Omar Pasalodos; and designer Somy Ali.

Miami Beach International Fashion Week takes place at the Miami Beach Convention Center, March 3-6. A celebrity-filled, high fashion event! Don’t miss it!

Al Malnik Continues To Give To Those In Need Through Philanthropic Service

Posted by Alvin Malnik on January 19, 2011
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It is mid-afternoon and Al Malnik is in the middle of a half dozen projects that range from business interests and philanthropic commitments to overseeing the renovation of a house next door to his oceanfront home, where his six young children will bunk down with friends, and where he can display his lifelong collection of sculptures, paintings and Asian art.
His phone hasn’t stopped ringing. His three assistants have questions on upcoming appointments, his chef asks what he would like for dinner, and his contractor team wants advice about where to put a wall.
“I am a multitasker and always have been,” says Malnik, a lawyer-cum-businessman and real estate investor, who created Miami Beach’s The Forge restaurant in 1968. “I love to keep busy. By mixing work with my hobbies, charities and family, I am blessed with a wonderful life.”

And a fulfilling one. For starters, Malnik, who married Nancy Gresham in 1995, 20 years after divorcing his first wife, has 10 children. His oldest from the first marriage are Shareef, who has a law degree and now owns The Forge, which recently underwent a $10-million renovation; Andrea, who also has a law degree; Susan, a psychologist; and Allison, a Palm Beach County teacher. With Nancy, he has triplets Spencer, Jarod and Nathan, 12; Jesse, 5; and twins Noah and Sterling, 4.
“I was a playboy for a long time between my marriages, but when I met Nancy in 1991, I was so impressed. I dated her for four years,” he says. “She was beautiful, unusual, smart, business-oriented, and filled with enthusiasm and imagination. We married at my ranch in west Boca Raton before nearly 500 people.”
Today, the Malniks are major movers and shakers in the world of philanthropy. They work together on dozens of charity projects and fundraisers. Malnik is a member of the George E. Merrick Society of the University of Miami, which honors those whose commitment to the University has reached a superior level, as well as a founding donor of the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He also is a founder of Mount Sinai Medical Center, and is the only person named a lifetime benefactor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Malniks have been active in Make-A-Wish for 10 years and help with the annual Miami gala by opening their Palm Beach County home for a spring pre-party.

“Al Malnik is everybody’s favorite guy,” says Lea Black, wife of attorney Roy Black and a prominent Miami philanthropist. “He is fun, fabulous and philanthropic, with so much energy and big ideas. Plus, he has an extraordinary wife and adorable kids.”
Malnik is the sole sponsor of the Al & Nancy Malnik Family Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Research Fund in honor of one of his young children who has suffered from the disease but is now in remission. For this endeavor, Malnik, who says doctors have made “startling discoveries” in AML, was honored at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
“I think it is vitally important to give back, and we make it a very big part of our lives,” says Malnik.
The philanthropist has recently set up a trust at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital for neurological services. And he has helped launch the new Nat King Cole Generation Hope foundation and its Boca Raton fundraisers.
“Al helped us start Nat King Cole Generation Hope, and through his generosity we have helped support music education in local schools,” says Timolin Cole, president of the foundation. “He is a dear friend of our family.”
Born in St. Louis to a father in the wholesale candy and tobacco business, Malnik attended Washington

University there, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree. He married and served in the U.S. Army as a guided missile officer, reaching the rank of reserve captain. After his stint, he attended the University of Miami School of Law and graduated with honors.
“I hated St. Louis weather, so after law school I stayed in Miami, setting up my home in Coral Gables,” he says. “I really loved practicing law, especially trial work. It was challenging and fun.”
Indeed, he handled some of the most colorful clients in the country, including big names like Huntington Hartford, heir to A&P grocery stores; legendary hotel owners Ben Novack Sr. (Fontainebleau, Miami), Morris Landsberg (Flamingo, Las Vegas), Dan Lifter (Marco Polo, Miami) and Sam Cohen (Riviera Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas).
He practiced law for 10 years, forsaking it in the late 1960s to invest in real estate and create business ventures. He started a filmmaking company, where he worked with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Debbie Reynolds in the United States and Europe, and a jukebox business. He also invested in late-night clubs and other commercial properties.
His intelligence, charm and show biz contacts led him into these more lavish and lucrative playgrounds. He sold the film and music businesses when he decided to build some of his own fantasy palaces.
“I created The Forge on a bet,” he laughs. “I kept complaining about how bad all of the area steak houses were. So I bought the real estate on 41st Street in Miami Beach and built it as a hobby.”
Since Malnik continued to take regular business trips to Rome, Paris, London and Geneva, he bought stained glass and antiques and designed The Forge himself, using his European purchases to decorate what would become a drop-dead gorgeous and ornate old-world interior with the glitz of a Las Vegas casino. The Forge has won the International Grand Master Wine Award and was voted the No. 1 steak house in America by Wine Spectator in 1996.
He also developed Miami’s Sky Lake Country Club, Cricket Club and restaurant, California Club residences, shopping centers and several Coconut Grove restaurants, including Lady Bug, Honey for the Bears and My Other Place. He sold all of them and bought sexy resorts in the Poconos, with Champagne flowing into heart-shaped bathtubs.

More to come….

Al Malnik Life Time Benefactor For InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball… Raised $8.6 Million in 15 short years.

Posted by Alvin Malnik on January 07, 2011
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The 16th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball is the “must attend” event of the South Florida social scene. In its 15-year history, the Ball has raised more than $8.6 million, enough to grant the heartfelt wishes of 1,900 children with life-threatening medical conditions. This premier event features dinner, drinks, dancing and the chance to bid on fantasy items and experiences in the famed Live & Silent Auctions. This year, the multi-talented Paula Abdul will be our Celebrity Auctioneer and there will be a musical performance by the Tony Award-winning “Jersey Boys.”

More than 800 of South Florida’s local moguls, fashion mavens, prominent business leaders, notable philanthropists like Al and Nancy Malnik, socialites and jet setters attended last year’s gala. Guests were transported to a mythical world filled with fascinating creatures. Florida Governor Charlie Crist was in attendance, while beauty Pamela Anderson acted as the Live Auction’s celebrity emcee.

Over the years, celebrity guests have included Sharon Stone, Richie Rich, Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, Don King, Scottie Pippen, Mike Piazza, Marcus Schenkenberg, Kim Kardashian, Shareef Malnik of The Forge Restaurant and Venus and Serena Williams. Musical performers have included Wyclef Jean, Macy Gray, Natalie Cole, D.J. Cassidy and D.J. Irie. Stay tuned for more details.

For more information, please visit www.makeawishball.com. For sponsorships or table sales, call Stephanie Eckert at (954) 967-9474 ext. 318.

16th Anniversary InterContinental Hotel Make A Wish Fund Raiser – The Wish Of The Rising Sun

Posted by Alvin Malnik on November 15, 2010
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On Saturday, November 6th, 2010 the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and the InterContinental Hotel Miami celebrated the 16th anniversary of its annual fund-raiser with an Asian-inspired theme. Javier Velarde of Triton Productions, who produced the event twice before, in 2006 and 2007, separated the hotel’s mezzanine into multiple spaces using floor-to-ceiling red and orange draping. He used geishas, samurai swordsmen, live taiko drummers, sushi bars, a ribbon dancer, an artificial cherry-blossom tree, and a Chinese dragon to convey the “Zen and the Art of a Wish” theme.

“People come here to be seen, but they also come here to see what we’re going to do, so we try to challenge ourselves every year,” said Robert Hill, gala host and general manager of the InterContinental Miami. “This year, we took the traditions of the Orient to be the symbols of hope, strength, and joy, which are such an important part of a child’s wish. We tried to touch on all of the senses with what we created and keep the energy level high.”

The event, known to begin the social season, raised about $900,000 and attracted 850 guests—50 more than last year. It also drew more sponsors: 79, up from 33 in 2009. “This year we challenged the board of directors and the committee members to identify some new people they would reach out to and get them to engage and commit,” Hill said. “And the sponsors that have been with us over the years have come up even bigger this year.” Sponsorship opportunities ranged from a $500 individually priced ticket to $20,000 premium tables. Philanthropists Al and Nancy Malnik, Trafalgar Capital Advisors, American Airlines, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, and Carnival Cruise Lines were among the key sponsors.

As in the past, there were both silent and live auction components. This year, Paula Abdul served as the celebrity M.C. of the live auction (past auctioneers include Pamela Anderson, Sharon Stone, and Kim Kardashian). A 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia from recurrent sponsor the Collection, a walk-on role on an upcoming Ben Stiller movie, and an all-inclusive trip for two to Asia valued at $60,000, courtesy of Strategic Hotels & Resorts, were among the top items up for bid during the live auction, which followed a dinner prepared by the hotel’s executive chef, Alexander Feher. An act singing songs from Broadway musical Jersey Boys was the night’s featured entertainment.

For the third year in a row, the organizers added an after-party to the evening. In the past, this was held in the same ballroom as the dinner and live auction. This year, the organizers chose a separate space—the mezzanine used during the cocktail reception. Velarde toned down the lighting, added a DJ platform, and recruited Harajuku dancers to reinvent the mezzanine into a nightclub experience called “Enter the Dragon.” He also staged a runway for designer Nicole Miller, who presented a retrospective fashion show.

Some 500 guests—a combination of dinner guests and people who bought separate tickets—attended the after-party from around midnight until 3 a.m. “The nightclub has been instrumental in raising awareness of the ball and its mission to an entirely new group—a generation we hope will one day be our new lifetime benefactors and ultimately continue the power of the wish,” said gala chairman Shareef Malnik, proprietor of the Forge restaurant.


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

Jackson children were prepared for spotlight

Posted by Alvin Malnik on November 01, 2010
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LOS ANGELES — Even Michael Jackson knew the masks and veils would have to come off one day.

After a lifetime of hiding from the media glare at the insistence of their impossibly famous father, Jackson’s children are front and center. Though their inevitable debut came a way no one could have predicted, those close to Jackson and the family say his three kids may be better prepared for the onslaught of attention than anyone could expect.

“They are going to grow up in the limelight,” said Al Malnik, a former Jackson financial adviser and friend, “but I think because they way that Michael has brought them up and that they have the capacity to deal with it.”

They are also – for now at least – being cared for by Katherine Jackson, who has raised a whole family in the public eye.

“If anyone knew how to deal with the scrutiny and the whole culture of paparazzi, it was the Jacksons,” said Rev. Al Sharpton, a confidant of the Jackson family. “It is not new to them.”

The lives of Michael Jackson’s children never qualified as normal. They had no mother, wore masks to conceal their faces and traveled the world while being raised by one of the planet’s most famous figures.

But by all accounts from those who have watched and been close to the children, Prince Michael, 12, Paris-Michael Katherine, 11, and Blanket (Prince Michael II), 7, are not only normal, but model children: unaffected by fame, sweet, polite and very smart.

“Those kids are exceptionally bright. They really have the capacity and understanding,” said Malnik of Jackson’s kids, who were home-schooled.

Whether they will retain those qualities following the death of their father, a potential custody fight and the enormous media scrutiny that they have been placed remains to be seen. Already, they have been on the covers of magazines and tabloids, their images endlessly replayed on television – ABC this week devoted an entire hour in prime-time to an expose on their lives.

“Michael just having passed away, it’s difficult enough to deal with privately, much less publicly and making statements about it,” said Malnik.

But Sharpton says that Katherine Jackson, 79, and the rest of the Jackson clan are working hard to provide some semblance of normalcy as they grieve.

“The kids are at the compound,” said Sharpton of the Jacksons’ Encino, Calif., home. “The days that I was there, they would play with their cousins and were very familiar with them and their aunts and uncles. … That’s the only family they knew.”

Katherine Jackson, who Michael named as his choice of caretaker in case of his death, was named by a judge as the temporary guardian of Jackson’s children, and they have been with her and the entire Jackson clan ever since his June 25 death. Their longtime nanny, Grace Rwaramba, has also been with the children, according to a source close to the family who is not authorized to speak for the family and requested anonymity.

While the Jackson family has long been perceived as dysfunctional – their battles have played out famously on the public stage – what struck many people at Jackson’s memorial service on Tuesday was their display of unity.

Paris-Michael clutched grandmother Katherine during the service, while Prince Michael held onto his Aunt Janet as his sister made her tear-jerking testament of love about her father. Blanket hid behind a phalanx of Jacksons siblings onstage, and when Michael’s brother Marlon broke down while addressing the Staples Center crowd, the entire Jackson family, including the children, embraced in one powerful group hug.

“The family is much closer than one wanted to perceive,” said Sharpton, who acknowledged that Paris’ speech was spontaneous. “People far overestimate and embellish any perceived differences in that family.”

The public images of a Jackson family united in grief may help Katherine Jackson as she heads into Monday custodial hearing involving Mrs. Jackson and the biological mother of Jackson’s two oldest children, Deborah Rowe. Rowe, who was previously married to Jackson, has not had a relationship with Prince or Paris-Michael, but since Jackson’s death has expressed interest in raising not only her two biological children, but Blanket as well, to whom she has no relation (the mother of Blanket, born to a surrogate, has never been revealed).

It is unclear if a custody battle will develop. Rowe’s attorney said she has not decided it she plans to seek custody, and people close to interactions with both camps, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said both sides have been gracious and cordial, not contentious.

Sharpton said the Jacksons haven’t been anticipating a battle, but when asked about the best interests of the kids, said: “They ought to be around the people they are most familiar with. This is not the beginning of their relationship (with the Jacksons).”

Still, some have expressed concern that the Jackson’s kids may suffer by being placed with their extended family. Michael’s father Joe has been roundly criticized for promoting a record label on television in the days after his death, and Michael had long described him as physically and emotionally abusive. Katherine’s age has led to questions about her ability to look after adolescent children.

Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson’s longtime dermatologist and friend, told “Larry King Live” on Wednesday night he feared that the performing family might turn Jacksons’ kids into “The Jackson 3, their intelligence dancing away – because these children are bright.”

But Sharpton dismissed the idea that the Jacksons would seek to exploit the children or take them on a path other than the one Michael Jackson had intended for them.

“For the life of me I don’t now why people would assume based on no evidence at all why the Jacksons wouldn’t have their own grandchildren and niece and nephews at heart,” he said. “It is the most ridiculous notion I’ve heard.”

14th Annual Intercontinental Miami Make-a-Wish Ball Raises $1.6 Million for Children Across South Florida

Posted by Alvin Malnik on September 28, 2010
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2008 – The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida and InterContinental Miami celebrated the 14th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball raising more than $1.6 million with a mystical-themed dinner, musical performance by The Honey Brothers, extravagant live auction emceed by reality television star Kim Kardashian, and the debut of the Ball’s InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub, the latter hosted by Miami nightlife impresarios Michael Capponi and Shareef Malnik. Watching over the bidding war was Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who also appeared as a guest honoree.

This year’s Intercontinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball was once again made possible by the committee’s star players and “The Three Amigos” – president/CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida Norm Wedderburn, InterContinental Miami general manager and gala host Jack Miller, and Ball chairman Shareef Malnik, proprietor of The Forge. Also honored at this year’s Ball were lifetime benefactors Al and Nancy Malnik, Wish benefactor James Ferraro, grand benefactors Stanley and Gala Cohen, founding benefactors Howard and Barbara Glicken, and corporate benefactor Robert Press of Trafalgar Capital Advisors.

The evening began with a lavish cocktail reception featuring seasonal décor by Sutka Productions, hors d’oeuvre stations created by InterContinental’s executive chef Alexander Feher, spirits provided by Southern Wine & Spirits, and a silent auction that raised more than $87,000. More than 120 premier items were donated by top hospitality, entertainment, fashion and luxury brands, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour, Tiffany & Co., Ocean Reef Club, Royal Caribbean Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines and Christian Dior, to name a few. In addition, more than 20 InterContinental hotels worldwide provided gift certificates valued at $80,000 for the auction. For the first time ever, the Ball offered a “Buy it Now” option, enabling guests to forego the bidding process and purchase items on the spot for a disclosed price tag.

Following the reception, guests were summoned by performers camouflaged as walking foliage, centaurs, butterflies and mythical creatures into an enchanted ballroom for an indulgent three-course meal. The dinner portion of the evening commenced with a video presentation by Norman Wedderburn, Shareef Malnik and Jack J. Miller, followed by a surprise musical performance by 16-year-old Jonathan Rios, a Wish child, who, through the help of the foundation, now has an in-home music-recording studio. Longtime Make-A-Wish supporter Jim Ferraro opened the Wish auction by buying 40 wishes at $5,000 per wish, while grand benefactor Stanley Cohen successfully challenged his friends to match his purchase of 40 wishes. The wishes auction raised an astonishing $1.3 million.

The dinner gala continued with beats by Miami Heat’s own resident DJ Irie and an action-packed live auction hosted by Kim Kardashian. A-list celebrities and Miami’s top VIPs and philanthropists bid on a series of items, including a 2009 Aston Martin DBS and six high-end vehicle rentals donated by The Collection; an Aspen home rental provided by Edward Freedman; a gentleman’s watch provided by celebrity jeweler Jacob & Co.; a package of 10 Lasik procedures by “surgeon to the stars” Dr. Cory Lessner of Millennium Laser Eye Centers; a private party for 500 with full bar at Mansion nightclub, courtesy of The Opium Group; a wine excursion provided by Southern Wine & Spirits with accommodations courtesy of InterContinental Buenos Aires; and a walk-on role on the hit HBO show Entourage, courtesy of cast member, actor Kevin Connelly.

In true InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball tradition, the grand finale of the event featured live music entertainment by The Honey Brothers, featuring actor Adrian Grenier, performing a number of tracks that filled the dance floor. The five-member band performed the Florida premier of “Won’t Last Long,” a single from the band’s forthcoming album that includes Grenier on vocals.

Following the Ball and for the first time in Intercontinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball’s history, the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub celebrated the Ball’s endeavors and reintroduced the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida to its next generation of contributors and Miami’s premier buzz creators in the fashion, arts, music and nightlife industries. Hosted by Kim Kardashian and The Honey Brothers, along with Shareef Malnik and developer and nightlife impresario Michael Capponi, among others, the InterContinental Miami’s Chopin Ballroom was turned into a swank after-hours venue featuring a fashion show by designer Richie Rich with a performance by New York cult-favorite Tokyo Diiva.

Al Malnik Donates 6.5 Million To Saint Andrew’s School, Boca Raton

Posted by Alvin Malnik on September 09, 2010
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Saint Andrew’s School – An Episcopal school founded in 1961, Saint Andrew’s School is a nationally recognized JK-12 day and boarding college preparatory school known for its academic excellence and education of the whole child – in mind, body, and spirit. It serves 1,300 students from local, national, and international backgrounds. This coeducational day school and boarding school is affiliated with the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. The school is divided into The Lower School (Junior Kindergarten through 5th Grade), The Middle School (6th Grade through 8th Grade), and The Upper School (9th Grade through 12th Grade). 
Saint Andrew’s School was named an International Baccalaureate World School in 2010. In addition, Saint Andrew’s School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, Florida Kindergarten Council, and National Association of Episcopal Schools.
Saint Andrew’s School is led by Headmaster Dr. Ann Marie Krejcarek and is governed by an indepedent board of trustees. The school has three chaplains, The Reverend Mary-Ellen Cassini, The Reverend David Taylor and Faye Somers, who officiate at the chapel services which are held two times per week in the campus chapel. This chapel, officially called “The Chapel of Saint Andrew the Apostle,” is also home to an active parish in the Episcopal Diocese of South-East Florida under Bishop Leo Frade, who is also an ex officio member of the Board of Trustees of the school.
Saint Andrew’s School, named for the patron saint of Scotland, began as a boarding high school for boys, and was founded by the Episcopal School Foundation in 1962 led by The Rev. Hunter Wyatt-Brown, Jr. who became the first headmaster. The late Alexander D. Henderson, a retired Avon Products, Inc. executive, and his wife, Lucy (Lucia Maria Ernst), provided significant private donations during the early years.
Girls were admitted in 1972 after which the school transitioned from a boarding school to a mix of boarding and day students. Saint Andrew’s School added a Lower School in 2000 and a Junior Kindergarten program in 2008.
Today, the co-educational JK-12 school has over 20 buildings and resembles a small college campus. Since 2003, over $27 million in new building construction and renovation projects have been completed, including the new $6.5 million Andrews Hall – The Center for Performing Arts, $6.5 million Malnik Family Athletic Center, $3.2 million Schmidt Family Science Center, and $8 million Moabery Early Years Learning Center. The school has also constructed a new headmaster’s residence and erected a chickee chapel, a symbol of school heritage. The Moabery Early Years Learning Center and renovations of the Nina and Edgar Otto Lower School Campus are LEED Certified, the Moabery Early Years Learning Center LEED for Schools certified at the Gold Level.

Alvin Malnik – Featured on www.PhilanthropyList.com

Posted by Alvin Malnik on September 07, 2010
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Alvin Malnik

In addition to serving on the board of many civic and arts organizations, Malnik provides financial support to organizations dedicated to helping the community’s underserved. Recent donations include $1 million for the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and $1 million to establish the Al and Nancy Malnik Family AML Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. In addition Alvin and Nancy Malnik open there home up for the Make-A-Wish foundation for an annual fundraiser.