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Granting Wishes – Alvin Malnik

Posted by Alvin Malnik on July 20, 2009
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Usually, when VIPs and celebrities gather, we know to expect an opulent atmosphere emphasized by a lavish dinner, elaborate cocktails, and the country’s A-listers dressed to the nines. On November 10, this exact depiction took place at the InterContinental Miami, however there were a few exceptions. First, there was a charitable reason behind it all, the 13th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish ball, and second, there was an exceptional host, Sharon Stone.

The big screen femme fatale and off-screen philanthropist was the soirée’s definitive highlight, aggressively seducing the attendees as well as their hefty wallets. Stone captivated the crowd with a touching story of how a young girl with HIV asked Stone to grant her wish before beginning the auction. Accordingly, she went to work by firmly stating, “You’ve got the money and I’m going to get it!”

Stone also played a major role in the highly anticipated auction of the night: the offering of her vintage black 1985 Rolls-Royce. The highest bidder, Jim Ferraro, bought the car for $160,000, which included a case of vintage Dom Pérignon, a bottle of Rémy Martin Louis XIII, Tiffany & Co. crystal champagne stirrers, and seven key chains carefully stored in the car’s trunk.

Another prized item up for auction was a Ferrari F430 F1 Coupe donated by The Collection, Miami’s premier luxury car dealership. The car collected the highest bid of $240,000 from Dr. Roger Medel, CEO of Pediatrix in Miami.

With more than 900 guests spanning from socialites to philanthropists, the ball was packed. Notables included Scottie Pippen, Mike and Alicia Piazza, Al Malnik, Rob Van Winkle (aka Vanilla Ice) and South Beach diva Elaine Lancaster. Guests enjoyed a lavish five-course Hollywood-themed gala dinner while Triton Productions wowed the crowd with a video presentation beamed onto a circular video screen. The video montage featured welcome speeches by 2007 Ball Chairman Shareef Malnik and President/CEO of Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, Norman Wedderburn.

Ms. Stone truly fulfilled her goal, as the star-studded event was one for the record books, raising $1.5 million for terminally ill, young children across South Florida. Wishes at the event were bought at $5,000 each, with real estate mogul Jim Ferraro buying a record 40 wishes at a total of $200,000, emerging as the star donor of the event for the second year in a row. Following Ferraro was Market America’s CEOs J.R. Ridinger and his wife, Loren, who purchased 20 wishes.

“We are overwhelmingly delighted that our 13th Annual InterContinental Make-A-Wish Ball has managed to raise a record amount of money for our children,” Wedderburn said. “The money raised this year beats last year’s amount by more than $600,000. These generous funds will go toward granting hundreds of wishes for underprivileged children throughout South Florida. I would like to particularly thank my good friends Shareef Malnik and Jack Miller for their continued hard work, personal support, and friendship.”

In the 13 years that the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball has been conducted, more than $6 million has been raised to benefit the South Florida branch of the organization. The ball is the perfect excuse for a night of fun that is ultimately a rewarding experience for all in attendance.

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Miami Beach Chamber – Al Malnik Honored

Posted by Alvin Malnik on December 09, 2008
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Mr. Miami Beach, The Famous Forge Family and the Magazine Maven honored! The masses of fans flocked to the Loews Miami Beach Hotel to witness these luminaries recognized for their contributions to the community at the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce 85th Annual Dinner Gala.

Close to 800 well-wishers along with the evening’s emcee attorney Mark Eiglarsh, the Miami Beach Chamber’s Chairman of the Board Sanford Horwitz and President and CEO Wendy Kallergis turned out to applaud the 2007 Dinner Gala Honorees. Local luminaries and The Forge restaurant owners Al Malnik and his son Shareef Malnik were honored as Citizens of the Year for their tireless dedication to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Malnik’s video tribute featured congrats from celebrity pals including Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker, Sharon Stone, Shaqulle O’Neal and Martha Stewart. Social Affairs magazine publisher Norma Quintero received the Jan Pfeiffer Distinguished Service Award for her generous charitable work with such organizations as The Vizcayans, United Way and The American Red Cross, City of Miami Beach Tourism and Convention.

Director and Chief of Protocal for The City of Miami Beach Michael Aller aka “Mr. Miami Beach” was presented with the Leonard “Doc” Baker Lifetime Achievement Award for his countless contributions to the community. In true Aller fashion, his friends and colleagues participated in a hilarious video tribute including many people whose lives he’s touched in a spoof of the popular TVshow “The Office”. Popular Heat DJ Irie, salsa legends Carlos Oliva and Gospel queen Maryel Epps kept the hip crowd rocking all night. Oh and get this…you can still bid on an amazing item online from this gala through Tuesday, March 13th. Up for grabs in a Miami Beach package boasting a two night stay in the Presidential Suite at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel with champagne on arrival,  a daily breakfast for two at the hotel, a poolside cabana for two, and a Bouche Brothers Watersports Package. The winner will be whisked away on a limousine ride to and from dinner and may invite friends for dinner at The Forge where Ocean Drive magazine will capture the night for an upcoming issue.

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Party In The Garden – Malnik Style

Posted by Alvin Malnik on November 17, 2008
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The Malnik family hosts an exclusive spring event for the Make-A-Wish Foundation Florida.

The Miami Symphony Orchestra played, cocktails were served, hors d’oeuvres were passed, and synchronized swimmers performed at the Oceanside Malnik estate in Palm Beach as 200 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists attended the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball Garden Party on Sunday, March 2, 2008.

The guest list for the event included Norman Wedderburn, president/CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida; Jack Miller, general manager of the InterContinental Miami and gala host of the IC MAW Bali; L. Robert Elias, chairman of the board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida; and James Ferraro of the Ferraro Law Firm and wish benefactor of the IC MAW Baili. Special celebrity guests included world champion boxer Lennox Lewis and Erinn Cosby, daughter of actor Bill Cosby.

The fundraiser’s proceeds directly benefited the children of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, which was founded in 1983 to grant “wishes” to children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions, and enrich their quality of life. Since its establishment, the organization has granted more than 6,000 wishes to children throughout 13 South Florida counties, each costing an average of $5,000.

Seven-year-old Jonalya, whose dream was to become a firefighter, made the foundations 6000th wish in 2006. “I want to save lives,” she said. So the foundation partnered with an entire engine company to make her wish come true. Jonalya was able to go to the firehouse, ride around the station in her custom-made uniform and helmet, and save a stuffed Dalmatian during a staged fire emergency.

“We are extremely proud and privileged to be part of the Make-A-Wish family knowing their selfless dedication to suffering children will always be full speed ahead no matter what time of day, week, month, or year it may happen to be,” said Al Malnik, lifetime benefactor of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The garden party marked the first in a series of events, including the Spring Fling Flower Fashion Show and the Uncork-A-Wish Wine Tasting fundraiser, leading toward the highly anticipated InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, which will be held on November 8, 2008. Last year, guests at the ball raised $1.5 million, exceeding the previous total of $850,000 in 2006.

“We are so fortunate to have so many individuals coming out year after year with their continued support for the ball,” said Shareef Malnik, gala chair of the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball for the last 13 years.

Guests of the ball have included musical legend Natalie Cole, actress Sharon Stone, and former basketball superstar Scottie Pippen. This year’s ball will mark the 25th anniversary of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, and the 14th anniversary of the IC MAW ball. Hundreds of socialites, philanthropists, and A-List VIP’s are expected to attend the soiree, making it foundations most event this year.

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