Jarod Malnik’s Luekemia Story – Throws First Pitch for Red Sox

Posted by Alvin Malnik on October 19, 2009
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My friend Jarod Malnik (Al and Nancy Malnik’s son) and his amazing, loving, fearless family follow in the legends of the greats, winning an epic battle against Leukemia. Here Jarod throws the opening pitch at a Boston Redsox Game.

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The Power Players – Al Malnik

Posted by Alvin Malnik on September 29, 2009
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2007 – Ocean Drive Magazine offers a look at those who make Miami one of the world’s most important and magical cities! Here is a sample of their selections. View the complete list here


Celebrated New York Yankees third baseman and favorite Cuban- American who keeps a winter nest in Miami. Here, with Jay-Z.


Miami Heat star who has long been a charitable powerhouse with Zo’s Summer Groove. Here, with wife Tracy.


Kennedy heir and charitable ambassador for Best Buddies International, which he founded in 1989. Here, with megadeveloper Donald Trump.


Developer who enhanced the South Florida skyline, here with wife Darlene and former President Bill Clinton.


Iconic rocker and songwriter—not to mention designer and fashion plate—who injected an extra dose of star power to Miami.


Carnival Corporation CEO and Miami Heat owner who has always been extremely involved in the community. Here, with Heat DJ Irie.


Left: A-list attorney and television commentator with a history of celebrated trials. Right: Owner of The Forge restaurant, a Miami Beach capital of the good life for 40 years.


Basketball legend and Miami Heat star who has brought his outsized appeal to the Magic City. Here, with nightlife promoter Linley Edwards.


Aventura visionary and Turnberry developer (far right) who created much of north Dade County. Here, with boxer Lennox Lewis and Nancy and Al Malnik, founder of The Forge.

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Black And White Gala – Al Malnik Forge Photos!

Posted by Alvin Malnik on September 23, 2009
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Al and Nancy Malnik hosted a star-studded event at their legendary Miami Beach restaurant, The Forge. Guests included Nat’s daughters, Timolin and Casey Cole, as well as Siedah Garret and actor Kyle McLaughlin.

The event took place amidst a beautiful night sky with an exclusive crowd from Miami to Palm Beach. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres flowed freely in the restaurant’s courtyard before guests retreated to the private ballroom for an “Unforgettable” duet of petite filet with chanterelle mushroom sauce and Tuscan grilled salmon in with cucumber dill sauce.

Photos by Hellmund

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Nat King Cole Generation Hope – Al Malnik

Posted by Alvin Malnik on September 23, 2009
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Casey and Timolin Cole were only three-and-a-half years old at the time of their father Nat King’s Cole’s untimely death from lung cancer at age 45 in 1965. Neither Casey nor Timolin will forget their famous, beloved singer-pianist father, nor will their older sisters, singers Natalie and Carole (a brother is deceased). The Cole sisters have established the Boca Raton-based Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. foundation to benefit music education in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties. A first Nat King Cole Generation Hope Black & White Gala will be held Saturday, Nov. 29 at the Forge Restaurant in Miami Beach. Celebrity guests include platinum-selling Boca Raton songwriter-producer Dennis Lambert, Grammy Award-winning, Oscar-nominated songwriter- producer Siedah Garrett, BET favorite DJ Irie, and the Cole family and friends. The event is chaired by Forge founder Al Malnik and his wife Nancy. “The Malnik’s son is a classmate of my son at St. Andrew’s School,” explains Casey.
“When we told him about the foundation, he said he wanted to help in any way he could,”
adds Timolin. The Coles recruited some of the leading citizens of Boca Raton and all of South Florida as well as Los Angeles and Pennsylvania. The Coles grew up with the greats of show business, and were infused with a love of music. “Duke Ellington introduced us to piano,” reveals Casey. “But we didn’t stick with it.” “We dreaded our lessons with our teacher, Grace Severe,” admits Timolin. “But our Los Angeles house was always filled with wonderful music: Ella, Harry Belafonte. John Williams (composer) was a dear friend.” Timolin was the first to move to Boca Raton 16 years ago with her husband. Casey followed in 2002. Once the sisters were reunited, they started talking about a foundation. “Our children already are beginning to understand the impact of their grandfather,” says Timolin. “We want our children to run the foundation. Everybody loved and respected dad. We believe every child should have music education regardless of race or economic position. That’s why we are doing this.”
Tickets are $500. Visit

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Al Malnik Pledges $1 Million to Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity

Posted by Alvin Malnik on August 27, 2009
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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 friend. “I knew how much Jay loved the work he was doing with the medical school, so when I heard there was going to be a 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.”

The Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity was officially established in 2005 in memory of philanthropist Jay W. Weiss, a longtime champion of the underserved in the Miami-Dade County community.

Considered “best friends” since the day they met, Al 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.”

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 Forge Restaurant, a legendary Miami Beach dining institution. His son, Shareef Malnik, became the proprietor in 1991 and is now CEO of the operation. 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 12th Annual Intercontinental Make-A-Wish Ball, and Al and Nancy Malnik are lifetime benefactors of the organization. This past March the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce honored Al Malnik and his son, Shareef, as Outstanding Citizens of the Year.

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Make-A-Wish Foundation Garden Party – Alvin Malnik

Posted by Alvin Malnik on July 28, 2009
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The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida held the 2009 InterContinentalMiami Make-A-Wish Ball Garden Party, a private cocktail reception for 200 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists. The intimate gathering was held at the private Palm Beach area estate of lifetime benefactors Al and Nancy Malnik and was the first event of the year in honor of the highly anticipated annual ball.

“We are very fortunate to have such dedicated individuals in attendance year after year, whose support has proven as strong as ever in these hard economic times,” states Shareef Malnik, Gala Chair of InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball.

Guests at the garden party included Norman Wedderburn, President/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida; Jack Miller, General Manager of InterContinental Miami and Gala Host of the IC Miami MAW Ball; Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge restaurant and returning Gala Chair of the IC Miami MAW Ball; James Ferraro, of The Ferraro Law Firm and Wish Benefactor of the IC MAW Ball. Special celebrity guests included designer and 2008 IC Miami MAW Ball Nightclub’s fashion show host Richie Rich, champion boxer Bernard Hopkins and burgeoning singer/songwriter Jamie Jo Harris. Guests mingled oceanside and enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and live entertainment by The King’s Academy Jazz Band and Choir.

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Al Malnik sets the record straight about Michael Jackson

Posted by Alvin Malnik on July 07, 2009
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Al Malnik Interview with Merideth Viera on the Today Show 070109

Merideth Viera- You know, I look at the images you have offered to share with us this morning, both still photos and the videos, and its clear that yours was a place where Michael felt he could come and relax and take the masks off his children, both literally and figuratively. What are some of the fondest memories of the time he spent with you and your family?

Al Malnik- Well, there are so many stories. As I’m sitting here I just thought of one. At a dining room table, which is sitting right next to me, we were having dinner one night and Michael mentioned how fond he was of Louis Armstrong,  and I said Michael, that’s extraordinary that you said that, because the dining table here, that we’re having dinner on, was once Louis Armstrong’s table and chairs in New Orleans. He broke down and sobbed. Michael was filled with humility, sensitivity, reverence and respect for anyone and everyone. And most of all the love that he had for his kids equalled the love that he had for his fans.  He just was a guy that was beyond amazing and it’s just sad to hear all the spurious stories that have been created about him.

MV- You know, Alvin Malnik, I’m struck by the photos, or the video actually, that was shown in Mike’s piece that was taken at that supermarket. You took Michael Jackson to a market in the middle of the night so he could do what everybody else does normally, just go shopping, and how much fun he had there. And it seemed to point out to me how isolated he must have been in his daily life to get such a thrill out of this. Did he ever talk to you about the loneliness he felt?

AM- He said loneliness is part of his obligation, because he really felt he had a God given talent that he was required to share with the world. And that’s what he did, and a part of that was for his personal loneliness to suffer. He was well equipped and agreed to do that.

MV- You know, I get the sense looking again at these images that his children seem well adjusted, at least the pictures show them to be well adjusted. Is that the way they came across to you?

AM- Not only well adjusted,…great story- You know I asked him, I said to my staff you have a lot of extra work with the kids staying here, do we need some extra work efforts on your part? They said there isn’t any extra effort. Michael’s kids clean their rooms, they make up their beds, polish the mirrors and they take care of everything, and he (Michael Jackson) said that’s the way I bring up my kids and that’s exactly what they did. Each and every morning Michael’s children, their first chores before breakfast were to clean their rooms.

MV- Are you concerned about the kids welfare right now? I mean they just lost the only parent they’ve ever known.

AM- Yes I am, but I think the Jackson family love these children just as they loved Michael, and I have no doubt at the end of the day the kids are going to be fine and they’re going to be well provided for.

MV- You know Al, there were reports that at one point you had claimed to be Blanket’s biological father. Do you want to set the record straight here this morning?

AM- (Laughs) Yes, it would be very interesting (for people) to realize that I didn’t meet Blanket until he was two years old, so that would really qualify as a Ripley (Believe It or Not) event, I think. Of course I’m not the biological father.

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Fairies, satyrs, Charlie Crist, Alvin Malnik at Make-A-Wish ball 08

Posted by Alvin Malnik on March 02, 2009
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Written By Jose Lambiet from Page 2 Live

With all due respect to Palm Beach, the world’s capital of the black-tie gala, Ocean Ridge check-cashing store king Alvin Malnik’s yearly Make-a-Wish shindig in Miami is fast becoming the best and most imaginative in South Florida.

Bar none.

To raise in the middle of a recession $1.5 million or so – that’s more than twice the loot of the average Palm Beach fund-raiser! – organizers allowed West Palm Beach party designer Bruce Sutka to go wild.

Result: Cocktail time Saturday night in the lobby of the Intercontinental downtown Miami was in a built-from-scratch “enchanted forest” straight out of The Chronicles of Narnia, with actors dressed as fairies and satyrs and centaurs and werewolves and butterflies and rocks and an ice queen.

As the likes of Gov. Charlie Crist, HBO’s Entourage star Adrien Grenier, designer Richie Rich, reality TV’s Kim Kardashian and former Gov. Bob Graham strolled through, they found what appeared to be a fountain sculpture come alive. Or a bush with human eyes.

Long-haired Norm Gitzen, a Lake Worth artist who made news in 2005 when the Village of Wellington banned his sculpture of a well-endowed mermaid from a village building, actually played a half-man, half-horse. He designed it for Halloween years ago.

“Someone once tried to light my tail on fire,” he said, “but this is not the kind of party where that’d happen.”

The food wasn’t too shabby either. Nice touch: An array of ice creams with flavors most people wouldn’t want to touch but did after a taste: olive oil, pepperoni, and garlic.

The conversation, meanwhile, turned to politics. It was, after all, President-elect Barack Obama’s fourth day on the transition job.

“My guy didn’t win, but President-elect Obama is my guy, too,” said Crist, who was eyed by GOP presidential hopeful John McCain as a potential vice president. “We need to work together to go forward.”

(Photos by Alina Lambiet and Fred Montana)

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