22nd Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball
 
John Legend performing

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida and InterContinental® Miami celebrated the 22nd Annual InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish® Ball. The theme of this year's ball -- "La Nuit de l'Animal: A Fairy Tale" – was inspired by enchantment, majestic animals and fantasy. In what has become a Ball tradition, the dramatic opening involved a procession of creatures summoning the 900 attendees from the lavish cocktail reception to the Grand Ballroom for dinner. Welcoming the evening’s guests were the Ball’s “Three Amigos” – Shareef Malnik, philanthropist, Chairman of the Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida Board, and owner of The Forge Restaurant; Robert Hill, Gala Host and InterContinental® Miami General Manager; and Norm Wedderburn, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida. Actress and filmmaker Gabrielle Anwar served as celebrity emcee for the sixth consecutive year.

The star-studded celebration was headlined by nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend, presented by Finker-Frenkel Legacy Foundation, with an opening performance by Alisan Porter, winner of "The Voice." The Ball, hosted by the InterContinental® Miami, in-kind donor for the past 22 years, raised donations for Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

The fantastical ball was followed by the InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish® Nightclub, presented by E11EVEN MIAMI, featuring DJ Jermaine Dupri, hip-hop recording artist and producer. An extravagant runway show was curated by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour, with models coifed by Danny Jelaca Hair and faces groomed by Beauty for Real, Belle and Co.

For more information about Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida's programs, and to find ways to get involved, visit sfla.wish.org/.


Norm Wedderburn, Al Malnik, Alisan Porter, Gabrielle Anwar, Shareef Malnik, Robert Hill


The Make-A-Wish Ball featured a La Nuit De L Animal Theme


Alisan Porter performing

The La Nuit De L Animal Theme


Gala Chair Shareef Malnik and Celebrity Emcee Gabrielle Anwar

Bob & Alysia Press


Alex de Armas & Marina Diez

The La Nuit De L Animal Theme


Fashion Show by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour

Eugene and Brooke Frenkel


Norm Wedderburn, Shareef Malnik, Robert Hill

Roberta & Harvey Chaplin


Danny Perez, Jr., Danny Perez, Ken Gorin

Brian Holland


Al and Nancy Malnik

Joe Perez, David Perez, Jr.


Fashion Show by Neiman Marcus Bal Harbour

Greg & Brenda Baty


Gabrielle Anwar, Drew & Lisa Mandala

DJ Jermaine Dupri


Norm Wedderburn, Shareef Malnik, John Legend, Eugene Frenkel

Robert & Breda Hill


Gabrielle Anwar & Sandra Moss

Gala & Stanley Cohen


Jonathan Babicka, Missy Babicka, Angela Santamaria and Aaron Resnick

Carly & Steve Patterson


Silent Auction

Kamal Hotchandani & Wayne Chaplin


Alex De Armas, Shareef Malnik, Gabrielle Anwar

The Make-A-Wish Ball featured a La Nuit De L Animal Theme