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January 2009

Gettin Ready For The WISH Party – Al Malnik

Celebrity Ocean Ridge lawyer Al Malnik, he of many business ventures that have included Saudi sheiks, is having Gov. Charlie Crist and the bootyful reality TV star Kim Kardashian (E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Dancing With The Stars) at his year Make-A-Wish Foundation ball.

And judging the invitation to the Saturday black tie at the Intercontinental downtown Miami, a leatherbound fairy-tale themed book, the soiree promises to be top shelf.

Rumor is that Reggie Bush, a top NFL running-back with the New Orleans Saints, may accompany Kardashian. He’s injured and may not play again until mid-November, so he’s free to party on.

The star of the HBO hit show Entourage, Adrien Grenier, will entertain the gala goers with his glam rock band, The Honey Brothers.

Last year’s gala sparked rumors that Basic Instinct cougar Sharon Stone, who auctioned off her personal Rolls-Royce in the middle of dinner, was dating Malnik’s son, Shareef.

Stone isn’t expected this time around but Shareef, who runs The Forge restaurant in Miami Beach, is.

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

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.

3/12/04 Rush Philanthropic In West Palm Beach, FL

RPAF Staff and Board Host a Benefit Dinner Party and Arts Day for Youth, March 12th 2004.  This two-part event consisted of an intimate dinner for thirty guests, and an after party. Both events were held at Tsunami in West Palm Beach. In addition to Rush Philanthropic, other beneficiaries included two local Palm Beach Charities: the Armory Art Center and Music Outreach Entertainment.

This event was made possible by the generosity and hard work of board member Shamin Abas and her husband Frank. In addition to Shamin and Frank, the event was co-hosted by Robert Johnson, Al and Nancy Malnik, Joseph Simmons, Donald Trump, and Russell and Kimora. The evening provided a perfect, intimate setting for friends of Rush to spend time together, and enjoy some warm weather. Guests included Phyllis Hollis, Brett Ratner, Morris and Jaci Reid, David Rosenberg, Roberta Shields, Ben Vereen, and Serena Williams, among others.

The following day, Russell and Rev. Run visited the kids from both organizations at an arts day held at the the Armory Arts Center. As you might imagine, the young people were all too excited to spend time with them. Shamin, Phyllis, and RPAF staff were all on hand to meet the youth and help them with art making.