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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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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 – Chaired by Alvin & Nancy Malnik

Posted by Alvin Malnik on June 05, 2009
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MIAMI BEACH, Fla.,  — Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., a non-profit foundation to benefit music education in South Florida schools, kicked off with an elegant Gala at The Forge in Miami Beach on November 29.  The foundation was established by the Cole twins, Timolin and Casey of Boca Raton, the youngest daughters of music legend Nat King Cole.

The Nat King Cole Generation Hope Black and White Gala was chaired by philanthropist and international financier Al Malnik and his wife Nancy Malnik.  The Forge, a Miami Beach restaurant and bar, has served as the institution of elegance and taste and was founded by Al Malnik in 1968.  The historic landmark and American icon has been the home of great music events throughout the years including performances by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

The Gala featured star-studded entertainment including performances by Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated producer songwriter Siedah Garrett and 11 time Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer Dennis Lambert.  Melanie Fiona, an artist with SRC Records, dazzled guests with “The Midnight Train to Georgia.”  Marie Petticar, talented a senior from Miramar High School, serenaded guests as well.

The event was emceed by Willard Shepard of NBC Miami.  Celebrity guests included Kyle MacLachlan of “Desperate Housewives,” and his wife Desiree Gruber, producer of “Project Runway,” Niche Media CEO Jason, Binn, and celebrity rappers Cool and Dre.  The Cole twins were joined by their mother, Mrs. Nat King Cole, their husbands, Gary Augustus and Julian Hooker, and friends from Florida, California and around the country.

The Gala sponsors included Al and Nancy Malnik, Madelyn Savarick, UNUM, Goldman Sachs, USI, Excel Services, Lincoln Financial, United Healthcare, The Fountainbleau, Chocolit, designer Paul Rubin, Saks, Guava Media, Ellis and Lisa Jones, Guy and Lee Ann Mancini, and Denise and Jordan Zimmerman.

The evening kicked off with a silent auction in The Forge’s famed wine room with a lively cocktail hour featuring entertainment by DJ Irie, a 2007 BET Award nominee and winner of Miami New Times’ 2005 Best Club DJ.  Designer Rubin Singer showed his creations during an informal fashion show and he dressed the Cole twins in black and white Grecian-style gowns.

Following the cocktail party, guests proceeded into the black and white themed ballroom for dinner and an intimate concert.  Guests then danced and continued the party at the Glass Bar at The Forge for the official after party.

The Cole twins launched the Foundation after learning of budget cuts in South Florida public schools.  The Foundation was created to provide funding for music education to children of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and diversities, including music instrument instruction, music composition and songwriting, technical instruction in the recording arts,  music instruments and equipment, and music related seminars and field trips.

“We were thrilled by the tremendous support from our friends and the South Florida community and the funds raised will help music programs in South Florida schools,” said Timolin Cole.  “By enriching students with the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and abilities, our father’s legacy lives on.”

Casey Cole added, “We will continue with fundraising efforts over the next 12 months and are working with school officials in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward Counties to determine where the funds are most needed.”

Nat King Cole was one of the most popular singers ever to hit the American charts. A brilliant recording and concert artist during the 40s, 50s, and 60s, he attracted millions of fans around the world with a sensitive and caressing singing voice that was unmistakable. Cole had a rare blend of technical musical knowledge and sheer performing artistry topped off with an abundance of showmanship. In the 23 years that he recorded with Capitol Records, he turned out hit after amazing hit – nearly 700 songs – all the while managing to remain a gentle, tolerant and gracious human being.

In 1965, Nat King Cole died tragically of lung cancer. He was only 45. Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama on March 17, 1919. He was the son of Baptist minister, Edward James Coles, and mother, Perlina Adams, who sang soprano and directed the choir in her husband’s church. Cole grew up in Chicago, met and married a girl in New York named Maria Hawkins, who was from Boston. They had five children and lived in Hancock Park in Los Angeles.

NKC Generation Hope, Inc. has been established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in South Florida.  Its officers are Timolin and Casey Cole, both of Boca Raton.  Honorary Board Members are:  Mrs. Nat King Cole of Ponte Vedre, Fla.; Ms. Natalie Cole and Ms. Carole Cole, both of Los Angeles; Ms. Madelyn Savarick of Boca Raton; Mr. Jimmy Cefalo of Pittston, Pennsylvania; Mr. Colin Cowie of Los Angeles; Mr. Anthony C. Gruppo of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Jones of Los Angeles; Ms. Leslie Linder of West Palm Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Al Malnik of Palm Beach; Ms. Marylynne Stephan McGlone of Palm Beach; Ms.Holly Robinson and Mr. Rodney Peete, both of Los Angeles, and Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Zimmerman also of Boca Raton.

To obtain more information on Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., please visit: www.natkingcolefoundation.org

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Brett Ratner’s Perfect

Posted by Alvin Malnik on March 24, 2009
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By Stephanie Wilson and Benjamin Minkus

Brett Ratner has made a name for himself as one of the most successful young directors around, with such recent smash hits as Rush Hour 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand, as well as forays into the photography world, with his coffee-table book The Hillhaven Lodge: The Photo Booth Pictures. Here, he sits down to tell Haute Living about his life’s passions.

HL What made you get into film and photography?

BR Growing up in Miami Beach, I would skip school and go to the set of Miami Vice. And the first movie I was on the set of was Scarface, so at that moment I knew I was going to be a director-from a young age. As for photography, what I am is a storyteller, and I use my filmmaking capabilities to tell stories. So that’s why my photography sticks out, because I tell a story with one picture.

HL Tell us about your relationship with Alvin Malnik.

BR Al Malnik was my biggest inspiration, and I’ve known him since I was a little baby. I used to spend every New Year at The Forge sitting next to him. Not only was he the smartest guy I knew growing up, he was also the coolest. He taught me tremendous morals and a work ethic, and he was a part of inspiring me to use my brain and to be fearless. Also, if there’s one thing I learned from Al, it’s to give back and help people. I’ve never met a person in my life who is more giving of himself, his time, and his energy-and gracious-than Al. It’s no surprise he’s turned Make-A-Wish into such a big event. Above all else, Al Malnik is a philanthropist and he has inspired that in me.

HL We hear that you played a role in Al finding true love?

BR Yes-Nancy. The film he asked me to do, he used the film to get closer to Nancy. I’ll always cherish that film and I think it’s my best work because Al found true happiness because of that film. That film, we shot it all in Al’s house, and it was the first time I ever directed a real movie. We locked ourselves in his house for two weeks-it was the first time I bonded with Al, he wasn’t just a father figure, he was a friend. And Al got a wife and a lovely family out of it. That film, which is ironically called The Good Life, that really led to the good life.

HL What projects are you coming out with?

BR I am doing a series of documentaries on directors, the first will be The Work of Brett Ratner, it will have all my short films and music videos.

HL Any upcoming projects on the horizon?

BR My next movie will be Playboy: The Life of Hugh Hefner. There’s a writers’ strike now, but that will be the next one. I find myself also wanting to do a sequel to The Hillhaven Lodge: The Photo Booth Pictures too. I love music videos, too-I love music. I love commercials, I love short films-any medium of story telling that I can be a part of, I want to be a part of.

HL And we hear you are venturing out into business with Al’s son, Shareef?

BR I am not much of a businessman, but I love the restaurant and casino business. So who better to join forces with than Shareef Malnik, and we plan to launch The Forge in Las Vegas. It will eventually expand all over the world, but right now I think Vegas is the ideal market for The Forge. I call Shareef a raconteur, because he’s the ultimate host. The Forge could be the next global brand the way that Nobu is a global brand. And it doesn’t work without Shareef-he is the face of The Forge. He is the restaurateur version of what I do.

HL Tell us about your approach to life and work.

BR For me, I do what I love, and for every person that’s successful, it’s because they’re doing what they love, when they put passion into it. When you love something, it shows and works. I don’t think I could ever get bored of what I do because it’s what inspires me, and I’m always creating, whether it’s a book, or it’s a photograph, or a campaign for a company. I feel like right now since I’m in the center of it all, I know what they see and what they feel.

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Make-A-Wish 14th Annual Ball – Alvin & Nancy Malnik

Posted by Alvin Malnik on March 10, 2009
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Amidst the glamour and dazzle of the 14th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball one thing was clear – each and every guest attending the event was there for the children.

And Boca Raton residents Alvin and Nancy Malnik are no exception.  Their continued support for the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida is just one of the many ways the couple shows that when it comes to helping children, charity comes from the heart.

“This is about the children and doing everything possible to make a difference in their lives,” said Alvin Malnik.  “When you see a child smile and realize how much these wishes mean to them, you know that you’ve got to help.”

The November 8, 2008 event, which raised $1.6 million, featured a mystical-themed dinner, musical performance by The Honey Brothers, and an extravagant live auction emceed by reality television star Kim Kardashian.

Event committee members Norm Wedderbum, president and chief executive officer of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida; Gala Host and InterContinental Miami General Manager, Jack Miller; and event chairman Shareef Malnik proprietor of The Forge joined together to honor Alvin and Nancy Malnik’s pledge of continued support as lifetime benefactors for the organization.

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 were also honored during the event.

Following the ball, Shareef Malnik and Michael Capponi lead the celebration of the evening’s success by turning the Chopin Ballroom into the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub.  Kim Kardashian and The Honey Brothers also joined in to host the venue featuring a fashion show by designer Richie Rich and a performance by New York cult-favorite Tokyo Diiva.

Both Al and Nancy Malnik enjoyed the glamorous and entertaining evening and say their focus and commitment to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the children their programs help, runs deep.  “We’re honored to be involved with and contribute to the success of this wonderful organization.”

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Alvin Malnik, Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc Gala

Posted by Alvin Malnik on February 16, 2009
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The Cole twins, Timolin and Casey of Boca Raton, the youngest daughters of music legend Nat King Cole, have established Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., a non-profit foundation to benefit music education in schools in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.  The Foundation will be launched at the Nat King Cole Generation Hope Black & White Gala on Saturday, November 29 at The Forge in Miami Beach.

The Gala will be chaired by philanthropist and international financier Alvin Malnik and his wife Nancy Malnik.  The Forge, a Miami Beach restaurant and bar, has served as the institution of elegance and taste and was founded by Alvin Malnik in 1968.  The historic landmark and American icon has been the home of great music events throughout the years including performances by Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.

The Gala will feature visits from celebrity guests and star-studded entertainment including a performance by Siedah Garrett and 11 time Grammy nominated songwriter and producer Dennis Lambert.  DJ Irie, a 2007 BET Award nominee and winner of Miami New Times’ 2005 Best Club DJ, will lend his award winning musical talent during the cocktail reception and the After Party at the Glass bar inside The Forge.  Guests will include some of today’s hottest entertainers, the Cole Family and friends.

The Cole twins launched the Foundation after learning of budget cuts in South Florida public schools.  The Foundation was created to provide funding for music education to children of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and diversities, including music instrument instruction, music composition and songwriting, technical instruction in the recording arts,  music instruments and equipment, and music related seminars and field trips.

“Our father was a pioneer and music legend who transcended color and race.  During his lifetime, the arts were an integral part of the educational curriculum; today’s youth are art starved,” said Timolin Cole.  “By enriching students with the opportunity to enhance their musical talents and abilities, his legacy
lives on.”

Twin sister Casey Cole added, “We believe our father, by right, has earned his place in history as a true American hero and legend through his contributions to the world of music.  We hope that through the funds raised we can help inspire a new generation of youth through the power of music.”

Nat King Cole was one of the most popular singers ever to hit the American charts. A brilliant recording and concert artist during the 40s, 50s, and 60s, he attracted millions of fans around the world with a sensitive and caressing singing voice that was unmistakable. Cole had a rare blend of technical musical knowledge and sheer performing artistry topped off with an abundance of showmanship. In the 23 years that he recorded with Capitol Records, he turned out hit after amazing hit – nearly 700 songs – all the while managing to remain a gentle, tolerant and gracious human being.

In 1965, Nat King Cole died tragically of lung cancer. He was only 45. Nathaniel Adams Coles was born in Montgomery, Alabama on March 17, 1919. He was the son of Baptist minister, Edward James Coles, and mother, Perlina Adams, who sang soprano and directed the choir in her husband’s church. Cole grew up in Chicago, met and married a girl in New York named Maria Hawkins, who was from Boston. They had five children and lived in Hancock Park in Los Angeles.

NKC Generation Hope, Inc. has been established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in South Florida.  Its officers are Timolin and Casey Cole, both of Boca Raton.  Honorary Board Members are:  Mrs. Nat King Cole of Ponte Vedre, Fla.; Ms. Natalie Cole and Ms. Carole Cole, both of Los Angeles; Mr. Jimmy Cefalo of Pittston, Pennsylvania; Mr. Colin Cowie of Los Angeles; Mr. Anthony C. Gruppo of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Jones of Los Angeles; Ms. Leslie Linder of West Palm Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Al Malnik of Palm Beach; Ms. Marylynne Stephan McGlone of Palm Beach; Ms.Holly Robinson and Mr. Rodney Peete, both of Los Angeles, Ms. Madelyn Savarick of Boca Raton; and Mr. and Mrs. Jordan Zimmerman also of Boca Raton.

To obtain more information on Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc., please visit: www.natkingcolefoundation.org

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Al Malnik – Cocktail Party Starts Drums for Make-A-Wish Ball

Posted by Alvin Malnik on January 12, 2009
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The Make-A-Wish ball, one of society’s favorite events, is set for Nov. 18.  The Hotel Intercontinental held a kickoff cocktail reception Tuesday to announce this year’s ball chairman, The Forge’s owner, Shareef Malnik, who will usher in a new generation of giving and is known for his talent at putting on a grand party.  Father Al Malnik is a lifetime benefactor for the charity that grants wishes of children with life-threatening diseases.

Over 100 guests from Miami’s most influential social and business circles attended the cocktail party, organized to excite longtime supporters and gather new ones.  The ball is a hot ticket, known for the luxury prizes in silent and live auctions and for the “Wish Table” where after reading individual children’s stories, for $5,000 anyone can make a child’s wish come true.

Lee Schrager from Southern Wine & Spirits was honored for his unflagging support.  Also there Dr. Ricardo Restrepo; Ken Gorin, owner of The Collection; George Slover, Ritz-Carlton South Beach; Erika Koopman from Harrison & Shriftman; Sonia Gibson, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bal Harbour; Nancy Strom and Jennifer Gibbs, Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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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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