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.”
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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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