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InterContinental Miami Hosts Make-A-Wish Ball Kick off


September 09, 2013

InterContinental Miami will host a kickoff celebration in honor of the upcoming 19th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball benefiting Make-A-Wish Southern Florida on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Held each year at the downtown icon and attended by more than 250 of South Florida’s leading philanthropists, the exclusive preview event will celebrate the annual Ball, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.

Generating even more buzz for the highly anticipated affair, the “Three Amigos”— Norman Wedderburn, President/CEO of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida, Shareef Malnik, Ball Chairman and proprietor of The Forge Restaurant | Wine Bar, and Robert Hill, Ball Host and General Manager of InterContinental Miami – will unveil key details about the Ball’s recently announced “Magic and Illusion of Vaudeville” theme and exciting items for the Ball’s live auction, which will be emceed by USA Network’s “Burn Notice” star Gabrielle Anwar. Guests will also enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as prepared by InterContinental Miami Executive Chef Alexander Feher while being entertained with beats by DJ Sandman.

“It is with great pride that we are hosting our 19th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, continuing our successful 19-year partnership with Make-A-Wish Southern Florida. At any given moment, there is a child in our community in need of the hope, strength and joy a wish can bring when they most need it. Through the Ball, we create awareness and change the lives of these children and their families,” states Robert Hill, Ball Host and InterContinental Miami General Manager.

Last year’s 18th Annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, a lavish Bollywood-themed extravaganza, featured a live auction emceed by “Burn Notice” star Gabrielle Anwar, an Indian dance flash mob, a live performance by Melanie Amaro, and, for the fifth year in a row, an official after party at the InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub that celebrated the evening’s success of having raised $1.7 million, as well as the unprecedented contribution of $1 million from Lifetime Benefactors Al and Nancy Malnik to establish the Malnik Family Wish Fund.

The mission of Make-A-Wish Southern Florida is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions seeking to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Covering a 13-county territory of Southern Florida and the US Virgin Islands the chapter’s goal is to grant more than 500 wishes in 2013. For more information, contact 888.773.WISH or log on to

About InterContinental Miami
Celebrating over 25 years as an icon of the Downtown Miami skyline, the InterContinental Miami is located at the crossroads of Miami's Business and Arts & Entertainment districts. A beacon for business and leisure travelers alike, the hotel rises 34 stories over the city with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, Biscayne Bay and the Port of Miami. The hotel features 641 luxury guest rooms, including 34 suites and two presidential suites designed by Venus William’s V Starr Interiors; 33 meeting rooms with over 101,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, including a spectacular Grand Ballroom; multiple food and beverage outlets - Toro Toro, ¡Ole!, Blue Water, Table 40 and the hotel’s interactive lobby lounge; full-service fitness center and spa at mySpa Miami; and rooftop pool deck with gardens. The InterContinental Miami is a proud corporate citizen of the Miami-Dade community, invested through its annual InterContinental Miami Make-A-Wish Ball, and its corporate social responsibility program. For more information or to make reservations, call 305.577.1000 or visit

WHERE:   InterContinental Miami
100 Chopin Plaza
Miami, FL 33131

WHEN:    Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Matt Heien
TARA, Ink.
305.864.3434 ext. 157

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