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Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida 2005

Posted by Alvin Malnik on October 28, 2009
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From November 18, 2005

11th Annual InterContinental Ball For The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida


This year’s gala was a huge success, shattering all previous records in attendance, celebrity guests, and, most importantly funds raised for those in need. More than $700,000 can now be used to grant the wishes of 141 children in South Florida living with life-threatening medical conditions.

The 2005 Ball Chairman, Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge restaurant in Miami, emceed alongside “Apprentice” alumni Katrina Campins and Bradford Cohen. Al Malnik and his wife Nancy were honored as Lifetime Benefactors. Special Guest Honorees were music and fashion icons Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, joined by tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, model Marcus Schenkenberg, boxing promoter Don King, and Charles Koppelman, Chairman of Martha Stewart Living. Celebrities also included Florida Marlin Jeff Conine, Miami Dolphin Sam Madison, Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, and Miami fashion designer Rene Ruiz.

Guests enjoyed music by DJ Cassidy during the cocktail hour while they mingled and toured the silent auction (more than 150 packages which included fashionable designer names, plus InterContinental Hotel stays in Bali, Paris, Cairo, Athens, Amstel, New York, and London, among others). For the Live Auction, Kimora Lee Simmons joined fellow auctioneers Lee Schrager and Shareef Malnik, encouraging guests to bid. Auction items included tennis lessons with Venus and Serena; trips to France and Chile courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits and American Airlines; a walk-on role in Brett Ratner’s next movie, Rush Hour 3; the newly introduced Aston Martin V8 Vantage courtesy of The Collection; a date with Schenkenberg; a $50,000 membership to Casa Casaurina, plus items from Bvlgari and Rene Ruiz Couture. Ending the evening with a bang, international recording artist Wyclef Jean performed some of his greatest hits.

The night was a true success thanks to InterContinental Miami General Manager Jack Miller, special guests, generous donors, dedicated volunteers, and Platinum Sponsor Premier Beverage Company, who all helped to make this the highest grossing fundraiser in Make-A-Wish history! Be a part of the magic at next year’s 12th Annual Intercontinental Ball.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ROY BLACK AND SHAREEF MALNIK
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.

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

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DON SOFFER & ALVIN MALNIK
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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BOCA’S CASEY AND TIMOLIN COLE HOST BENEFIT

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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 www.natkingcolefoundation.org.

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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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