Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and InterContinental® Miami kicked off their annual gala with a VIP preview on Thursday, September 8 at the sponsoring downtown hotel. Every year the event features a distinctive and playful theme reflective of the charity’s goal to bring happiness to children with life-threatening illnesses. This year, they announced the theme of the November 12 gala would be La Nuit de l’Animal a Fairy Tale. Translation: The Night of the Animal. That means dreamy masquerade-style masks, painted faces and maybe a few real ones.
The theme was demonstrated by a performance that included 18th century costumes, a bed sequence and plenty of masks. The event hosted the annual ball’s top donors, and was hosted by Robert Hill, Gala Host and General Manager of InterContinental® Miami; Shareef Malnik, Gala Chairman, Chairman’s Society Member, Chairman of the Board for Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and owner of The Forge Restaurant l Wine Bar and Norman Wedderburn, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish®Southern Florida – the trio affectionately known as the “Three Amigos.”
All three of the amigos spoke about the importance of raising funds for the wishes, which average $5,000 per wish and their outreach to spread wishes to other countries, including India, where wishes can be granted to children for a mere $250. Last year’s event raised a record $2,250,000 for the charity, and this year they are hoping to be able to meet and exceed their goals once again.
Buy tickets, refer a child or find out how to volunteer here, on Make-A-WIsh Southern Florida’s website.
Tara Solomon & Brownyn Miller
Linda Levy Goldberg
Jonathan Babicka & Missy Babicka
Brenda Baty, Shareef Malnik, & Sherri Gutierrez
Chris Caputo & Stephanie Diaz
Robert Hill, Shareeg Malnik, Stephanie Diaz, & Norm Wedderburn
DECO Productions Dance Ensemble
Lee Lentz & Chris Lentz
Jamie Elias, Zainad Killidar, & Robert Elias