Miami, FL (September 2017) – On Thursday, September 28, Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and in-kind donor Ball donor InterContinental® Miami celebrated the 23rd Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish® Ball VIP Kickoff Party at the InterContinental® Miami in anticipation of this season’s gala Mystical Music Box on Saturday, November 4, headlined by singer Lenny Kravitz. Actress and filmmaker Gabrielle Anwar will return as celebrity emcee of The Ball and NBC’s The Voice winner Alisan Porter will return as the evening’s opening act.

“We put on a great event that is meant to be a lot of fun, but at the end of the day we also want to raise money to make sure that Make-A-Wish Southern Florida can do what it needs to do to grant the wishes of every child with a critical illness in our community”, said Robert Hill, Gala Host and General Manager of the InterContinental® Miami.

Shareef Malnik, Board Chairman of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Gala Chair of the InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish® Ball, and proprietor of The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar; Robert Hill, Gala Host and General Manager of InterContinental® Miami; and Norman Wedderburn, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida – the trio affectionately known as the “Three Amigos,” announced that tickets to the fantastical Ball have been sold out and rallied excitement by announcing that Lenny Kravitz’s spectacular performance will feature a 13-piece band.

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Gala Host, Robert Hill welcomed guests to the elegant party featuring opulent food stations by InterContinental Executive Chef Klaus Happel, which were decorated with Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans. Dishes included Duck Rillette, Foie Gras Mousse with Port Wine Jelly, Spicy Duck Arepas with Coke BBQ sauce, , a sushi bar, and visually striking pop art dessert stations with Cheesecake Lollipops, and tiny pastries of Passion Fruit, Strawberry and Rosemary, and Blueberry and Mango Mojitos. Guests enjoyed frozen popsicle cocktails, served by waitstaff in Mondrian shift dresses, and Premium Prosecco donated by SYLTBAR as they were treated to a special DECO Productions dance performance choreographed by New Century Dance Company. Attendees of the evening soiree included the Ball Chairman, Board Chair and Founder of Chairman’s ChallengeSociety Shareef Malnik and 2011-2016 Ball emcee and Chairman’s Society member Gabrielle Anwar; President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, Norman Wedderburn; Creative Director Maxwell Blandford; socialite/philanthropists Andrew and Sandy Alfano, Jack and Jennifer Barnes, Sheila Cesarano, Ben Eisenberg, Amy Federman, Eugene Frenkel, Mayte Fernandez, Terry and Fred Jove, Danielle Gonzales, Ameen and Zainab Killidar, Gideon Kimbrell, Andrew Mandala, Joseph Perez, Brett Rose and Jeremiah Gutierrez, Craig and Ashley Sienema, Jodi Siravo, Stephen and Gwenn Vecchitto, Taylor and Lisa Gang, Danny Jelaca, and Tara Solomon.

The evening concluded with an endearing speech by Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida Wish recipients father, Carlos (nickname Fred) Moreira who son, Davi,had his Wish granted to visit Disney after recovering from leukemia. With tears in his eyes, “Fred” described how happy it made his son to have this extraordinary experience when facing one of the toughest challenges of his young life.
InterContinental ®Miami hosts the annual VIP kick-off party in celebration of Make-A-Wish® donors and supporters. As the Ball Founder, 23-Year Partner and In-Kind Donor of the Ball, InterContinental ®Miami has contributed more than $10.3 million through in-kind donations to Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. These donations have enabled the organization to raise more than $21.3 million resulting in over 4,300 wishes being granted to children with critical illnesses in our community.

To purchase tickets to the November 4th InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub, please call 954-967-9474 ext. 318.