In a town as glamourous as Miami, there is no shortage of can't-miss events on the social scene. For the last 20 years, one of those has been the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, and this year's edition promises to be no different.
This year's event takes place on Saturday, Nov. 7, at the InterContinental Miami (100 Chopin Plaza), beginning with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 7 p.m., and the program beginning at 8:30. The theme this year is Mythology.
In its 20-year history, the Ball has raised more than $16.8 million, enough to grant the heartfelt wishes of more than 3,520 children with life-threatening medical conditions. This premier event features dinner, drinks, dancing and the chance to bid on fantasy items and experiences in the famed live and silent suctions.
Actress Gabrielle Anwar serves as the celebrity emcee and host for the evening. Over the years, celebrity guests have included Diana Ross, Paula Abdul, Sharon Stone, Wayne Newton, Pamela Anderson, Mike Piazza, Scottie Pippen, Richie Rich, Christian Slater, Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, Don King, Venus and Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian, plus many more. This year's entertainer will be announced soon.
Shareef Malnik, Miami restaurateur, is the gala chairman for the 11th time, and has helped lead the impressive fundraising efforts of the event. Malnik has been inspired to be involved with the organization after his younger brother who was diagnosed with leukemia was granted a wish.
To purchase tickets e-mail Wendy Trouba, or call her at 954-967-9474, ext. 304.
Not Ready To Go Home? Head To The After Party
Not ready to head home or up to your room when the Wish Ball ends? Make-A-Wish Southern Florida has you covered. The InterContinental Miami and Make-A-Wish Southern Florida invite the next generation of contributors and Miami's premier buzz creators in the fashion, arts, music and nightlife industries to the 8th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Starlight Nightclub. Join Gabrielle Anwar, Shareef Malnik and more at this after-hours venue inspired by a mythology-themed culture. The nightclub includes DJ Chuckie, a fashion show and open bar.
Tickets for the nightclub are $100 each. Call at 954-967-9474 ext. 312 to purchase tickets or get more information.
Help Grant Wishes Even If You Can't Attend
Even though the Make-A-Wish InterContinental Wish Ball and Starlight Nightclub will be a magical evening for everyone who attends, it also benefits local kids with life-threatening medical conditions and helps to grant their wishes.
If you cannot attend the Wish Ball, you may consider helping out in other ways. Maybe you will make a general donation to Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, or perhaps you will choose to donate a car and put it to better use. To donate a vehicle to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, just call us at 1-877-709-9474 or fill out our online donation form.
When you donate a car, you will receive free pick up or towing of your vehicle anywhere in Southern Florida, while helping kids in Naples, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Miami Gardens, Cape Coral and more. Plus, you get a great tax deduction, and you will be helping to grant wishes for local kids. It doesn’t get much better than that!