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Haute 100 Update: Al Malnik gives $1,000,000 to Make-A-Wish at Intercontinental Gala
At Saturday’s 18th Annual Make-A-Wish Gala, Lifetime Benefactors Al and Nancy Malnik presented a record-breaking $1,000,000 check to the charity to establish the Malnik Family Wish Fund. The monies will grant wishes “in perpetuity” to children with life-threatening diseases. Al’s son Shareef, served as the Gala’s host for the eighth consecutive year while girlfriend and Burn Notice actress Gabrielle Anwar emceed the live auction to great effect. Highlights of the lavish Bollywood-themed gala included a very fun pre-recorded video of Anwar and Malnik attempting ballet at the Miami City Ballet and a flash mob in which guests pulled peach-colored sashes from their seats and waived them in unison to “Jai Ho! (You Are My Destiny)” from Slumdog Millionaire.
Notable names in attendance included Christian Slater with girlfriend Brittany Lopez, Kardashian Kharacter Jonathan Cheban, “Real Housewives” Lisa Hochstein and über-philanthropists Sanford Ziff and Lady Beatrice Clancy. Afterwards, the younger set joined new arrivals at the Intercontinental Make-A-Wish Nightclub, which was hosted by Michael Capponi and featured a crazy runway show by Traver Rains. All summed, the event raised $1.6 million dollars from generous donors.
The InterContinental Miami hosted the annual kick off event for the Miami Make-A-Wish Ball; more than 200 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists attended, celebrating a 17 year proven track record of extraordinary fundraising success. The Ball is slated for November 3 2012 and will be India-themed.
Before the 17th annual Intercontinental Miami Make A Wish Ball, the Ball Chairman Shareef Malnik hosted a private dinner at the Forge for the foundation’s key benefactors and supporters in the company of celebrity Rock and Roll entertainer Joan Jett and celebrity auctioneer Gabrielle Anwar.
Shareef Malnik and Joan Jett
Joan Jett and Gabrielle Anwar
Shareef Malnik, Joan Jett, Gabrielle Anwar, Robert Hill, & Norm Wedderburn
Shareef Malnik & Chris Paciello
Cliff Loftin, Dillon Parkes, & Jimmy Kunes
Shareef Malnik & James Ferraro
Two Miami icons have at least one thing in common: a mega-sized commitment to providing children with the tools they need to succeed and lead happy lives.
Shareef Malnik, proprietor of The Forge restaurant, and LeBron James, Miami Heat All Star basketball player, both do more than just lend their names to charitable organizations. Both have perfected the art of harnessing their power and financial clout to secure unwavering support and sizable donations for organizations making a difference in the lives of needy children.
James’ family foundation and the “Two Kings” charity, a partnership with Jay-Z, work with Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the country to renovate buildings and playgrounds, and update computer access and equipment in cities where high school graduation rates can be as low as 50 and 60 percent.
The February 2011 Boys & Girls Club of America gymnasium unveiling, during the NBA All-Star game weekend, marked the third year in a row Jay-Z and James joined forces for this cause.
Malnik’s commitment to the Make-a Wish Foundation of Southern Florida stems from his desire to see children with life-threatening illnesses smile. In addition to the hectic schedule surrounding his Miami Beach restaurant, Malnik chairs the organization’s annual Intercontinental Ball, which by all accounts is a year-round endeavor.
The Ball, in its 16th year, has raised more than $9.6 million under Malnik’s guidance. That’s enough to grant the wishes of 2,100 children with life-threatening medical conditions. Each year the event features dinner, drinks, dancing and the chance to bid on fantasy items and experiences that Malnik promises will be bigger and better than any other in 2011.