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April 2011

Make A Wish Garden Party at the Malnik Home

Six “Friends With You” inflatable art characters were among the guests invited to the Make-a-Wish Garden Party, hosted by Al and Nancy Malnik at their Ocean Ridge home on a perfect Sunday afternoon. Six characters created by Miami art collective added a colorful, whimsical touch to the private event, which preceded the 17th annual InterContinental Miami Make-a-Wish Ball, taking place November 5.

The Malniks are lifetime benefactors of the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, which aims to grant more than 500 wishes to children with threatening medical conditions in 2011. This was the sixth consecutive year the Malnik’s has hosted the spring garden party at their Ocean Ridge home.

The party, which ran from 4 to 6 p.m. was a casual cocktail affair, with hors d’oeuvres by Silver Sac Catering. Music and entertainment was provided by DJ Joe Dert and by the Friends With You characters—Malfi, MR. TTT, Rainbow King, Buddy Chubb, MR. TT, and Zoo-Zoo—who mingled with guests by the Malniks’ stunning oceanfront pool.

“The theme of this year’s event was ‘Avant Garden,'” said Shareef Malnik, Make-a-Wish Ball chairman. “When we looked for a partner artist that could play a large role in creating a magical and youthful environment, Friends With You was the obvious choice.”

Malnik took note of the art collective’s popularity during December’s Art Basel Miami Beach as an indicator that the characters would contribute to the party’s mood of hope and youthful fun. “The characters absolutely succeeded in bringing great cheer to the crowd of supporters who come out year after year.”

Another first for this year’s garden party was the announcement of the celebrity M.C. for the live auction portion of the ball—Burn Notice’s star Gabrielle Anwar, who was in attendance.

2011 Make A Wish Garden Party to be held on April 10th. Al & Nancy Malnik

This Sunday, April 10 Al and Nancy Malnik will be hosting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida annual Garden Party at their beach front home in Ocean Ridge from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will help promote the upcoming 17th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, and is strictly invite only.

Lifetime Benefactors, Al and Nancy Malnik will house the expected 200 guests at their oceanfront estate in Ocean Ridge. Guests who are able to attend will sip on delicious cocktails, nibble on hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live entertainment leisurely on their Sunday afternoon.

The Garden Party will also hold announcements about the preparations for this year’s ball that will take place Saturday, November 5, 2011. The discussion will be prepared by President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida, Norman Wedderburn, the Ball Chairman and proprietor of The Forge Restaurant Winebar, Shareef Malnik and the Ball Host and General Manager of InterContinental Miami, Robert Hill.

If you remember, last year the Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball raised $1 million for needy children in South Florida. It also created a star studded crowd with people like Paula Abdul in attendance along with a performance by the Tony Award-winning musical, the Jersey Boys. Not to mention that the third anniversary of the Ball’s InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub featured a fashion show by designer Nicole Miller.

Check back for a post report of this beautiful seaside party!