Special Guest Honorees Russell
and Kimora Lee Simmons



The Collection's Ken Gorin; Lifetime Benefactor Al Malnik; InterContinental Hotel General Manager Jack Miller; Ball Chairman Shareef Malnik; Aston Martin's John Walton
November 18, 2005

11th Annual InterContinental Ball benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Southern Florida

This year's gala was an enormous success, shattering all previous records in attendance, celebrity guests, and, most importantly, funds raised. More than $700,000 can now be used to grant the wishes of 141 children in South Florida living with life-threatening medical conditions.

The 2005 Ball Chairman, Shareef Malnik, owner of The Forge in Miami, emceed alongside "Apprentice" alumni Katrina Campins and Bradford Cohen. Al Malnik and his wife Nancy were honored as Lifetime Benefactors. Special Guest Honorees were music and fashion icons Russell and Kimora Lee Simmons, joined by tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, model Marcus Schenkenberg, boxing promoter Don King, and Charles Koppelman, Chairman of Martha Stewart Living. Celebrities also included Florida Marlin Jeff Conine, Miami Dolphin Sam Madison, Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell, and Miami fashion designer Rene Ruiz.

Guests enjoyed music by DJ Cassidy during the cocktail hour while they mingled and toured the silent auction (more than 150 packages which included fashionable designer names, plus InterContinental Hotel stays in Bali, Paris, Cairo, Athens, Amstel, New York, and London, among others). For the Live Auction, Kimora Lee Simmons joined fellow auctioneers Lee Schrager and Shareef Malnik, encouraging guests to bid. Auction items included tennis lessons with Venus and Serena; trips to France and Chile courtesy of Southern Wine & Spirits and American Airlines; a walk-on role in Brett Ratner's next movie, Rush Hour 3; the newly introduced Aston Martin V8 Vantage courtesy of The Collection; a date with Schenkenberg; a $50,000 membership to Casa Casaurina, plus items from Bvlgari and Rene Ruiz Couture. Ending the evening with a bang, international recording artist Wyclef Jean performed some of his greatest hits.

The night was a true success thanks to InterContinental Miami General Manager Jack Miller, special guests, generous donors, dedicated volunteers, and Platinum Sponsor Premier Beverage Company, who all helped to make this the highest grossing fundraiser in Make-A-Wish history! Be a part of the magic at next year's 12th Annual Intercontinental Ball. Call 888-773-9474, Ext. 318, or cbotknecht@sflawish.org to be the first to hear about the 2006 Event of the Season.




Lifetime Benefactor Al Malnik
and Peter Loftin



Lifetime Benefactor Al Malnik; Leah
and Roy Black; Antonio Misuraca



Bradford Cohen; Lifetime Benefactors Nancy and Al Malnik; Katrina Campins


Patricia Delinois and Jim Ferraro, who generously
donated $100,000 to underwrite 20 children's
wishes and challenged guests to match
his donation


  
Platinum Sponsor Premier Beverage Company (Back
row: Joe Gerbino; Daryl Johnson; Bob Drinon; Ken
Burnette. Front row: Nanda Johnson; Maria Roca;
Susan Driner; Barbara Smith)



Special Guest Honoree Kimora Lee Simmons with tennis greats Venus
and Serena Williams



Darlene and Jorge Perez


Nicole Rifkand; Ball Chairman
Shareef Malnik; Yahima Giro



"Sex and the City" author Candace Bushnell

  
Boxing Promoter Don King; Model Marcus
Schenkenberg; Special Guest Honoree
Kimora Lee Simmons



Suzanne Legon and Kim Wood

  
Grand Benefactor Stanley Cohen and
Make-A-Wish Board Member George
Bayer help grant children's wishes



Recording Artist Wyclef Jean keeps the party going

  
Cindy and Jeff Conine; Saskia and Sam Madison


Rene Ruiz (white jacket) designed the dresses
worn by many of the guests


  
DJ Cassidy and Founding Benefactor Barbara Glicken

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